Eat more fruits and vegetables! Eat less trans fats! Drink more water and less coffee! Etc., etc. As always – easy to say, but hard to do. If you’re one of those people, who thinks this nutrition thing is too complicated, restrictive and confusing, think along with me for a moment
I’ve noticed that people are confused about what to emphasize: eat more good things, or less bad things? How much is enough and how much is too much? Of course, the best solution is not to eat bad things at all and make all the choices from a healthy point of view! But we’re not perfect, and instead of doing our best, we just give up. I recommend to begin by finding a rational and feasible balance in your diet and reviewing, correcting and improving it from time to time. In this way, you are slowly moving towards a healthier diet and do not feel the setbacks that destroy the foundations of life.
SO, WHERE DO YOU START?
Think for a moment about what you ate yesterday. How many meals did you have, and was it a normal day? Look at your usual daily meals – what do you see there?
-If there were fruits/berries or smoothies in your food, you’re pretty good.
-If at least one meal had a fresh salad or vegetables on your plate, then that’s a pretty good start.
-If cereal products are whole grain, you’re on the right track.
It can only get better from here…
1. Prepare some fruits for yourself every morning and remember to eat them during the day.
2. During the main meals, make sure that most of the plate is of non-animal origin.
3. Prefer whole grains.
4. When choosing food in the store, ask each item in the sense “Were you made by nature or man?” Choose nature as often as you can!
5. Do not consume any food or drink in large quantities. You do know that five cups of coffee a day is too much…
START BEFORE YOU START
If these basics seem too harsh to you at first, start by monitoring your food. Just look at and be aware of every food you buy and eat. Initially, make simple factual observations (what food it is, what it contains, how it tastes, etc.). If this game gets boring, ask yourself if this food is good for you or rather not. After watching your choices for a while, you’ll have an idea of what and how much you’re actually eating.
Week 1: Observe what and how much you buy and eat/drink. Complement, be aware, be surprised.
Week 2: With each purchase of food/drink ask yourself: “Is this rather useful or harmful to me?”
Week 3: When buying and preparing food, move the weight bowl towards useful foods. Consider, is there anything on your menu you can replace with a healthier option or simply increase the proportion of healthy foods. Decrease/increase the amount of food if you feel it is necessary.
Week 4: You’re ready to take your health and food table more seriously.
If you’re still in the picture and feel like you’re ready to go further, know that you’ve already gone through the hardest part. You’ve made yourself aware of your eating habits, maybe you’ve even felt better and you feel like you’re on the right track. Continue in the same spirit – make better choices, listen to your body and enjoy your progress!
If you feel like you need personal support and advice, I’ll be happy to help you!
THEN KNOW THAT…
… if you eat too little health-supporting food, your body may be struggling performing essential functions and literally being left breathless. Any additional wrong food choice will make the situation even worse
…. if you eat too much burdensome and harmful food, your body will suffer under the cleansing processes and look places to hide and store these excessive compounds. Any helpful measure (read: fresh healthy food) will alleviate this burden.
It is indeed so, that balance is very important. It doesn’t guarantee you a long life or a disease-free life, but it helps your body to do better. For the first signs (fatigue, pain, disorders, etc.), you should start eating more health-supporting food and reduce the burdensome part. Of course, contact a doctor or nutritionist in a timely manner.
If you feel like you need help or faster results, I’m waiting for you already.