Finding your own “way of eating” can be challenging. I’d like to talk about the topic of bio-individuality. Bio-individuality means we are all different and there isn’t one boilerplate diet that fits everyone’s health needs.
There are many reasons why there are so many “tried and true” diets out there. If a diet worked once for someone, there’s a book on it. The grapefruit diet, the banana diet, the carbs in the morning meat in the afternoon diet, the “I only eat on Thursdays” diet (kidding!). Asians, however, have had access to an amazing indigenous plant called rice, which has made the majority of their diet for thousands of years; Polynesian tribes have long subsisted on primarily fish; Irish = potatoes; Mediterranean = olives, goats, whatever!….In ancient times (caveman), EVERYONE was on what is known as a macrobiotic diet, which means they ate locally, and seasonally whatever foods were available in their given region with periodically imported delicacies.
Today, we are a hodgepodge of different ethnicities and cultures, living in all different regions, with new cultures driven by food which is rich and flavorful (high in fat and sugar). In other words, we live on the once periodical delicacies instead of what truly nourishes our bodies.
This is a big reason why so many struggle to discover the best way of eating that is specific to the individual. We struggle to come to terms with treating our bodies well, while delighting our taste buds at every meal.
So mom wants to go South Beach, dad wants to be Paleo, the kids want all the crap they see in commercials, and so on top of temporary diet changes which lead to failure in most cases, another contributing factor is the anxiety over making sure everyone is being served what they need to be healthy and/or “happy” (or quiet). Food is the hardest lifestyle choice to change, especially when children are involved because there is so much sensory influence everywhere we look.
Dear friends, there are definitely tried and true nuggets to live by as it relates to eating healthy, like; keeping your Omega 3’s and 6’s in proper ratio, eating high fiber meals, eliminating processed foods, and the list goes far beyond the capacity of my carpel tunnel.
Here are a few tips for changing the way you eat so that it’s not as stressful.
1) Have a discussion with your household about what changes are being made, when they’ll be made, and why they’re being made.
2) With children, create boundaries of what’s going to be acceptable for snacks and what’s not (you can do this with yourself too). You’re the adult, change is hard for everyone, and it’s always hardest at the beginning, but stick to your guns! Hunger can be a great teacher!
3) Before you go shopping, create a healthy menu, make an ingredient list, and then stay away from anything that didn’t make the list.
You can do this! You’re worth the effort!
If you don’t believe that, perhaps you need a coach…I can recommend someone if you’re not sure where to start. Call us now for your FREE consultation!