Figuring out what foods are healthy should be simple, but it seems to be more complicated then ever! There are millions of different viewpoints on what a “healthy” diet looks like. Heck, you can’t even eat a banana anymore without questioning whether or not it’s a super food or forbidden food.
I actually just read an article that reported the benefits of drinking water MAY have been oversold. What? Now, were drinking to much water?! I’ll save my thoughts on that for another post.
I might not be an expert or a certified nutritionist, but I would consider myself an experienced “dieter” since I have been on one most of my life. So here is the best advice I can give you. LEARN TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.
This concept of Bio-Individuality, I learned years ago when I attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. However, it is only recently that I began implementing this practice in my own life.
The truth is Every.Single.Person. has different nutritional needs and those needs can change over time. The saying “one man’s food is another man’s poison” is absolutely the truth.
For example, maybe you have been living a vegetarian lifestyle for year’s but all the sudden you aren’t feeling so great anymore. Try adding some meat in your diet, see how it makes you feel.
Or, have you been eating hight fat/extremely low carb (Ketogentic)? You might feel absolutely amazing at first, but after a few month’s notice your body is not responding the same way. Try adding in a carb load day or two, see if it makes a difference.
The same concept applies to whether or not you should eat dairy or gluten. I can’t tell you if either one of those food’s is “bad” for you. Pay attention to how you feel after consuming yogurt or bread.. Do you have a headache, stomach ache? Are you bloated or tired? These are all signals from your body.
There is a great book that I highly recommend, it’s called ” The Metabolism Plan” by Lyn-Genet Recita’s. I actually followed her “plan” before I became pregnant with Mia and it taught me how to figure out what foods worked for my body. It was interesting to learn that even some healthy foods did not agree with me.
The take away point is this: Your body is smart, learn to listen to it. Understand what it needs and you will be able to determine what foods work for you!