Trying to stick to a list of foods you can and can’t eat so you can lose weight and look better?
Restrictive diets are hard to keep up after the initial enthusiasm wears off.
Besides, you need to live life! Go out to eat with friends. Feel okay about attending that holiday party.
Without feeling like a failure.
There’s a better approach – one you can continue for the rest of your life. And it won’t mean restricting your activities either, afraid to attend social gatherings for fear that you’ll derail your diet.
It all comes down to food quality.
Diet has become a bad word, but it actually refers to the quality and composition of food and the effects it has on your health. That’s actually a good thing!
If you think about the quality of the food you’re eating before you take a bite and its effect on your health, your whole approach to eating will change from:
- Aggressive following of random food rules
- To overindulging in the wrong foods
- To feeding your body nutritious foods that boost your health.
That’s how to nutrify your food choices.
So let’s examine how to do this.
- Consider quality. Don’t you deserve to put the best foods possible in your body? What is good about getting a box of crackers for $0.20 if there is no nutritional value in it? The higher the quality of food, the less volume you will need to keep you satisfied.
- Know what to buy. Shift your mindset into one that gives you permission to spend a little more on food so that you’re giving yourself quality goods. In most cases, this will mean fresh foods, in their unprocessed, whole, raw, or frozen state with no added chemicals.
- Choose organic. Organic vegetables and fruits are grown without using harmful pesticides, and they’re safer for your body. If you cannot buy everything organic, prioritize your meat and dairy as well as your fruits and veggies. Fresh foods with thinner skin and more surface area (like apples, berries and broccoli) soak up more pesticides than those with a thick skin like bananas. Always, just do the best you can.
- Make it varied. The composition of your food is what makes up your daily intake. This means you should eat a variety of foods with a full nutritional value. For example, a cup of broccoli will provide diverse nutrients, lots of fiber and a big bang for your calories. On the other hand, a bag of chips has a negligible nutrient value.
- Know the effect. Before you order out, make a meal or indulge in a snack, ask yourself what effect the food will have on your body. Will the food satisfy your body’s need for nutrients? Then go ahead and eat it. Will it give you energy, or make you feel sluggish? Will it speed up your metabolism and encourage muscle growth? Will it purify your body or clog it up with chemicals? Asking yourself these questions before you eat will help you make the connection between what your body actually needs and how to satisfy hunger.
Does this mean you can’t ever indulge in a treat or sweet dessert? Of course not.
But as you eat more of the good stuff, trust me, you’ll be less tempted to indulge because you’ll be learning how food makes you feel. And your body will be asking for less, because it will be more nutritionally satisfied.
I promise, you’ll be saying, “More of the good stuff, please!” before you know it!
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