How do you know when you’re eating right?
I spent a few years eating 50-80% raw vegan – because I’d read it was a healthy choice. Did I feel better? No, I actually was more exhausted than I’d ever been. Was it easy to do? No, it required constant planning, attention and preparation. Was I a better person for it? Long story short, I hated it. When I changed my diet to include daily servings of bone broth, more fish and lightly cooked veggies my energy levels went trough the roof. I felt amazing!
And then a well meaning friend spent 3.5 hours trying to sell me on raw vegan again. She just couldn’t let it go. She believed that because it was working for her it would absolutely, 100%, guaranteed, one-size-fits-all work for me too. There was no telling her otherwise. She’s become a “food Nazi” in my world and someone to be avoided at meal times.
It’s not easy
Atkins, low-fat, South Beach, Weight Watchers, organic, vegan, intermittent fasting, juice cleanse, etc. Half of these plans are in direct conflict with the other half. How do you decide what’s best for you? How do you eat healthy and balanced?
Search long enough, you’ll even find a diet touting the benefits of “high meat”. That’s meat that has been left to decompose or rot before being eaten. It really is a thing, I couldn’t and wouldn’t make this shit up.
With the countless diets and food plans out there, how can you possibly know if you’re eating right? Well, that part’s easy. We’ve taken the guess work out of it for you. Take the quiz and let’s find out if your diet is too restrictive or if it works.
So, how’d you do? Are you healthy, energized, maintaining a healthy weight and feeling good about your decisions? Do your choices fit into your life and lifestyle? Are they easy to maintain?
The ONE thing I’ve learned
As I get older, the one thing I keep repeating. Like a mantra or bad lyric I’m stuck on; is – is it sustainable?! That is really the key to any life change. Sustainability. Can you and will you continue with the change you’ve made? Will you make it a habit?
If it’s too restrictive, too detailed, too time consuming, too unwieldy, too anything – you’ll likely drop it first chance you get.
You have 37 trillion cells to feed and care for each and every day, so it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You need to exercise, rest and eat right. And with each of us having DNA, cellular and lifestyle differences it’s likely there are 37 trillion healthy eating options out there. What it takes for you to eat right is going to be different than what it takes for me.
So, the next time you want to make changes to your diet and eating plan remember to keep it simple and keep it sustainable. Try to keep it fun and varied.