What does ‘eating well’ even mean?
I get it, there’s so much conflicting information! Cut calories, eat carbs, don’t eat carbs, go low-fat, eat fat, everything in moderation, only eat potatoes – WHAT! It’s all a bit confusing and frustrating. How are you supposed to “eat well” when you can’t even get a straight answer about what that is?!?!
Food is information.
Every time you eat something you’re giving your body specific instruction. Put simply, you’re either promoting health or promoting disease.
Understanding what food is and how it impacts your body is the first step in unraveling all the conflicting nutritional information and getting on a path to true health and wellness. Food that makes you feel and look good could very easily be toxic to your friend and cause them to feel and look terrible. Even healthy, nutritious food can be damaging if your body isn’t using it properly. Eating “right” can cause more harm than good if “right” is wrong for you.
Food is powerful.
Hippocrates famously said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” It took me a long time to really understand and embrace this idea. I always thought I ate well and fed my family well. It wasn’t until my children were almost adults that I realized the American dietary guidelines weren’t doing my family any favors.
All food is NOT created equal.
Family health issues finally helped me realize that all food does NOT promote health. For some, food sensitivities can cause a range of problems from debilitating asthma attacks, migraine headaches, abdominal cramping, heartburn and excess weight to skin rashes, acne, stinky feet and more. For others, different health conditions may require special, modified diets that eliminate certain “healthy” foods until the body is well enough to properly process those foods. Eliminating foods that cause dysfunction and dis-ease, even if those foods are typically considered “healthy” must happen if health is to be achieved.
Confused? You’re not alone. Figuring out what the best foods are for you can be tricky. If you aren’t sleeping well, have energy crashes during the day, have to eat constantly or else you get “hangry”, are a slave to your food cravings and can’t seem to lose stubborn belly fat that’s a clue that you aren’t eating the foods that best support your unique self.
Are you fabulous?
Here’s a hint, gas and bloating aren’t normal. If you find that you regularly suffer from heartburn, excess gas, bloating, abdominal obesity, feeling tired after you eat, craving sweet or salty foods, are constipated or have diarrhea or a combination of both, get sick often, suffer from regular headaches, depression or anxiety, lack energy, have skin rashes, acne, or other uncomfortable or debilitating symptoms you are NOT fabulous. Each one of these “awful” factors is an indication that you and your diet are ill suited. The longer this goes on the more likely you are to develop multiple health conditions that will reduce your quality of life.
When you eat the right food for you, your body responds positively and you enjoy a balanced appetite, zero cravings, all day energy, a positive mood, and restful sleep. Gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, excess belly fat and the “hangries” become a thing of the past. You really can and should feel great.
Feeling helpless and a little lost.
There is nothing worse than feeling helpless. Not knowing where to find answers is scary. I know, I’ve been there. What do you do when you go to the expert and they don’t have an answer?! I was faced with this very problem. Just thinking about it brings back a feeling of emptiness. I was paralyzed, it was the first time in my life I didn’t have even a hint of a solution. You can read more about that here.
Are you ready to figure it out? Then it’s time to become empowered! Make the choice to feel good. In my 7-Days to a healthier you series you’ll learn how to read labels and make good choices. You’ll learn the difference between processed food and real, whole food. You’ll get a list of healthy fats that should be included in your diet. You’ll also get ideas for healthy alternatives to soda and other sweetened drinks. Sweeteners? You’ll get a list of the best and worst sweeteners. Food is nourishment. Nourish your body properly and reap the benefits!
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