Healthy Eating - What Works For You?
Posted by kathryn in Easier eating
Despite what the diet books say, there are lots of ways to eat healthily. You can eat well while being an omnivore, vegetarian or vegan. You can eat well while having a gluten-full diet; enjoying a glass of wine; eating plenty of carbs; having a regular piece of chocolate; including some sugar: shunning superfoods; avoiding carrots. All are possible.
Instead of being only one healthy eating path, there are many. Which means, for each of us, the best way to a healthy diet is finding out what suits you. What combination of foods, way of eating and strategies are best for you.
No matter what anyone else recommends and no matter how good the food, if an eating or lifestyle change doesn’t suit you it won’t work. For you. Which is okay, because, as I said, there are lots of ways to be healthy.
For a health change to stick, I mean really stick, it has to be right for you. It has to suit your tastes, budget, lifestyle, ethics, medical history, temperament. So rather than continually reading and listening to friends’ advice, why not start working out your way of eating healthily.
This takes time, it also takes some trial and error. However by knowing your own dietary idiosyncrasies you can work towards eating in the best way for you. Rather than following some general advice, aimed at the broad community this is about finding the strategies which help your health and make you feel better.
For me, over the last few years, through trial and error, trying new things out and cherry picking advice, I’ve worked out a number of healthy eating habits which work for me. Some fit in with standard nutritional advice, some don’t, however, more importantly, they work for me.
I’ve realised my hungry time is in the morning and if I don’t eat the right breakfast I’ll be hungry two hours later. That while I like a glass of wine I’m not a person who can have a glass every night. I rarely actually want chocolate, so when I do feel like it I have it. I’ve gradually re-trained my tastebuds to eat less salt and I’ve stopped trying to like kiwi fruit. I know I feel better when I have at least five serves of vegetables every day. I’ve worked out that on clinic days I’m better to have small amounts of food regularly. I thoroughly enjoy a cup of coffee each day. Plus I’ve realised that to maintain good energy I need a full one hour break at lunch time and, in the middle of the afternoon when I think I want something sweet, I’m actually better to go for a short walk.
It’s time to stop bending and stretching your life around other peoples’ health strategies. To stop battling, take responsibility and instead work out your version of healthy eating.