my food philosophy
With so much contradicting advice in the health world, it's often hard to make sense of what we hear. Everyone's got their own definition of what healthy eating is, and you're left trying to assemble this complicated puzzle by yourself, while keeping in mind your taste, schedule, and wallet. My approach to food takes it back to basics. I don't like to complicate things and I want to make eating healthily as realistic, easy, and enjoyable as possible. That's the whole simple truth.
The foundation of healthy eating is whole foods. An apple, a carrot, quinoa. Simply put, foods that contain one single ingredient. The less they've been tampered with, the better. A food is a package deal: each and every one of its components is there for a reason, and when we start disassembling foods, processing them and reassembling them, our bodies don't react so well. So let's go back to basics and build a food foundation that's...well, whole.
It's easy to get caught up in the 'health food' hype when we're trying to make better choices. Protein powders, superfood blends, vitamins. It seems like we need those things to be healthy, but that's not true! Sure, they can be a 'nice to have', but healthy eating is much simpler: fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. And there you have it! Simple.
Here's a myth that's in dire need of getting debunked: there's no one size fits all when it comes to diet. No ONE diet that's the solution for everyone no matter how trendy it is at the moment or how many positive feedback you've heard from others. We're all different: different genetics, hormones, environment, lifestyle, stress level, etc. What works for one person may not work for the next. While I encourage my clients to make plants the foundation of their diet, when it comes to the minutia of what's going to help you thrive, it's often trial and error. Maybe you feel better when you limit grains, maybe beans are not your thing, maybe too much fruit gives you inconsistent energy. The point is, it's about finding YOUR truth, YOUR ideal way of eating.