What Should I Be Eating? Which Diet Should I Choose?
Paleo Diet? Keto Diet? Vegan? Low carbs? Calorie counting? Meal replacements? There is so much information out there and so many programs to sign up to that it can all become very overwhelming trying to decide exactly what food you should be consuming.
If this is you, and you are struggling to understand the plethora of information being thrown your way, continue reading as I have some tips to share.
- Understand that we are all different: This also applies to nutrition. What works for one person may not work for everyone so it is important to find something that will help you personally to achieve your health goals. This leads me into my next tip…..
- Listen to your needs: Take time to listen to what your body is asking you for. Are you hungry or are you bored? Does your body need sugar or does it just need a quality meal to provide you with long lasting energy? Are you bloated after eating certain meals? By listening to our body we are able to answer the above questions and many more.
- Life isn’t about dieting, but instead finding healthy habits that are sustainable and that meet your individual needs: I feel like this point is fairly self-explanatory. There is a lot of negativity associated with the word “diet” however the food you are fuelling your body with does not need to be a “diet” for it to be healthy. One of the first steps on your health journey should be to approach food with a positive attitude, and remind yourself that every mouthful of healthy food is nourishing your body. This will help to eliminate negative self talk and allow you to focus on your goals.
- Decrease processed foods and increase fresh fruits and vegetables: Generally, the healthiest foods can be found along the outer edges of super markets. Try your best to fill your trolley with these foods and reduce the amount of processed foods that you are buying.
- Don’t cut whole food groups out unless under the supervision of a trained professional: For some individuals there are specific reasons why certain food groups need to be eliminated, for example allergies, intolerances or personal beliefs. However it is important to know that by cutting out a whole food group, there is potential for nutrient deficiencies. For this reason, make sure you seek professional advice to ensure you are getting the required nutrients when certain foods need to be eliminated.
- Avoid refined sugars and artificial sweeteners: The most effective way to do this is to avoid packaged foods. Packaged foods are often hidden with refined sugars or artificial sweeteners and these products need to be reduced to achieve optimal health. If you have a sweet tooth and find it difficult to reduce these foods, check out my blog “10 Tips for Sugar Cravings”.