Part of the struggle with being healthy and losing weight is a poor relationship with food. Many of us have experimented with fad diets or what we believed were healthy food trends. These trends are still being debated and everyone will freely share with you what worked for them. If it didn’t work for you, it shifts your attitude about food and your body.
The truth is, only YOU can know what your body will respond to. Let’s take a closer look at the nutrition you put in your body.
Tracking and Awareness
The easiest way to track what you’re eating is to write it down. There are numerous phone apps available for convenient tracking including recipes, restaurant foods and even bar code scanning of what you’re cooking at home. Once you start to get a clearer picture of what nutrition you’re getting versus what you’re lacking, you will know what foods you’d like to add or subtract. Even tracking what you eat for a limited time can yield results.
As well as your meals and snacks, track your energy levels and how you feel after ingesting these items. You may find that you have glucose, gluten or other sensitivities. Your doctor can help determine these intolerances with a simple blood test. Often, you may notice that removing these items dramatically improves the way you feel.
Variety and Moderation
Low fat, low calorie or low carb does not equal healthy. Sticking with a 1500 calorie/day diet of fast food or processed foods is not fueling your body. With many of these diets, we feel deprived and still crave the things we’re told we can’t have. Eventually these diets fail because we still lack sustainable energy or we just want to have a piece of cake!
The latest research has proven that a variety of foods in moderation is key.
- Eat proteins and healthy fats like lean meats and fish, a variety of vegetables, complex carbohydrates, fruits and other low glycemic index foods to feel full longer and without cravings.
- Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Forgo processed and ready-made packaged goods for healthy, whole foods to fuel your body. These foods take longer to break down and will give you longer lasting energy.
- Allow yourself a cheat. Why not? You’re not eating cake every day.
Our relationship with food has been built over time from our experiences, our cravings and ever-changing trends in the “diet industry”. Instead of trying the latest thing, do what works for you, without the guilt. Guilt goes straight to our thighs anyway, don’t you agree?