Here it is – some plain speaking about nutrition. We all get caught up in what the right diet is for us and yet, there is none. There is no ‘one size fits all’ diet. They do not help you in long-term because most of them are unsustainable. They may give you short-term gratification. For health, however, ditch the diets.
Instead, think about your nutrition as your life! It is.
We’ve all read about the fact that our soil is depleted of nutrients so our crops do not ‘feed’ us. It is one reason there has been a boon of supplements on the market, to make up for the shortfall of the nutrients our body needs. The unfortunate part of this is that not all supplements are the same – many are not what they say they are and without a chemist to determine this for you, it is nigh on impossible to know which ones do what they say on the tin without a lot of trial and error (and money).
So, let’s return to what we can do for ourselves.
- Look at where you are. Keep a diary of everything, I mean EVERYTHING, you eat. Do this for at least a week. And, if you are able, include measurements like a cup of or a teaspoon of or half a plate of, as that will help you when you want to shift it.
- Eat healthful food. Do you eat takeaways, junk food, or processed foods? Minimize that as much as you possibly can. It is all empty calories at best and will continue to make you more fatigued, distressed, and keep you from losing weight or managing the inflammation in your body. Instead, opt for organic, whole foods where you can. Fresh vegetables (leafy, green, above the ground vegetables) are wonderful! Avoid cereals, most fruits (berries are okay), and steer clear of hormone rich meats if you can. For some, this seems an impossibility and it will feel expensive. But when you tally how much you spend normally and then do a shop for organics and whole, fresh foods, you will find you won’t need as much of the latter to make a difference to the way your body will feel.
- Look at your bowls and plates. Are they oversized? Could you use a dessert plate instead of a dinner plate? Could you look for smaller bowls? This will help you reduce your portion size to something more appropriate for you.
- Look at what you drink. If you consume a lot of sugary drinks, replace at least half with water. Then, replace another half with water, and then, another half, until you are drinking water for at least 95% of your day. Make it filtered water if that helps you. Do this over the period of a month and see if you can crack the need for sugar in your drinks.
- Examine what you are eating. Refined sugar is poison. Look at the labels of things in your cupboards. Can you find an alternative? On the sugar note, carbohydrates break down into sugar in your body very fast. Try to cut down on your carbohydrates while you are considering the sugar in everything you eat. If you crave sugar, eat something a little salty or try a tsp of sea salt or apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. It will help with your sugar cravings.
- Increase the good fats in your diet and moderate the protein in what you eat. Fat is what your body needs. It is the best fuel for your brain, organs, and tissues.
Get smart about your nutrition. If you want to lose weight and get healthy, minding what you eat is the beginning. If you want to reduce the inflammation in your body, follow the steps above.
I have transformed my life over the past few years by doing exactly what I have posted. I have a chronic inflammatory process in my body that is rare, genetic, and degenerative. I have learned that to control the pain, the inflammation, and manage my weight, I needed to change my thinking about my nutrition. So, I began researching everything I could and I found that this works! BTW: It also helped my husband get rid and keep rid of his cancer and reverse his diabetes. He’s still on medication for his diabetes because his doctor doesn’t believe it – yet. We still have a way to go but we are getting there.
Remember to be kind, gentle, and compassionate with yourself. Changing the way you eat can be an interesting journey for everyone. It was for us. When you begin to look at ways to improve your nutrition, it will take time for the effects to begin to show. You will not only have to work on the physical bits, you have to work on the mental and emotional bits as well. This is just plain speaking about nutrition to help you get started.
Let me know how you get on with it. Leave a comment below.