I look at healthy eating as a puzzle, in which pieces fit nicely together. There are many pieces which fit into the healthy eating puzzle, but the best piece, the one that keeps all the other pieces in place is: eat more real whole food & less of the highly processed foods. This places the emphasis not on one single nutrient, but on the entire diet. I call this ‘eating with intelligence.’ My message is a simple one: we need to start to eat for one reason…………nutrition! Many Americans eat for all sorts of funky reasons: boredom, stress, entertainment, habit, ‘just because’ etc.. We need to shift our focus from eating for those reasons to eating to nourish these wonderful bodies of ours. Once we start to focus on nourishment, we will begin to feel better and therefore want to make smarter lifestyle choices which will bring us to an optimally healthy place:) It’s pretty cool!
Two easy tips to accomplish this are to choose foods:
- close to their natural state. For instance, fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, peas, legumes
- with shorter ingredient lists. Long lists indicate lots of additives and processing. If you can’t pronounce it, you should not eat it! For instance, a bag of kale should contain, well, kale.
So, I challenge you to acknowledge those reasons/habits which are keeping you from moving forward with reaching optimal health, & begin eating for the sole purpose of nourishing your body. Believe me, you will thank me later:)