Is this food bad for me?

Is this food bad for me?

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Food Confusion

Is (insert food) bad for me?

Do you think it is okay for me to eat (insert food)?

Should I add (insert food) to my diet?

Recently, I’ve been getting asked variations of these questions a LOT. So I thought I’d address my thoughts in this blog post just to clear up the confusion that I am seeing. And just for the record, I don’t blame anyone for being confused or for asking these questions. It is a minefield of information out there, with clever marketing, a million-and-one diet books and powerful food industry groups all doing their part to really brainwash the average person.

You see, I actually don’t think there are “good” foods and “bad” foods, per se. What I believe is that there are foods that are better or best for each individual. {Click to Tweet that!}

Nobody is the same physiologically, and no diet is the same. Our bodies are different, and all unique from one another.

Just like we need to find the perfect pair of jeans that fits our body just right, we also need to find the foods that are best for ours.

This is why a prescriptive diet that works for one person, won’t necessarily work for another. We all have different dietary requirements as well as different lifestyles.

Knowing what foods are the best for us requires a little bit of attention on our part. It also means re-wiring our brain, so that we can learn how to communicate with our bodies, the way humans used to always be able to do.

Remember that food is not good or bad; your relationship with food is simply defined by what foods fuels your body and gives you endless energy. Here are my tips for improving your relationship with food:

1. Get more intuitive

An exercise I get all my clients to do is complete a food diary for 14 days, recording not just what they eat but also the feelings they have before and after (physically and emotionally).

The reason I love this exercise so much,  is because it helps my clients to get back into tune with why they eat the foods they do, and how they feel when they do.

It seems like such a basic concept, but it is amazing how few of us are actually consciously making food choices that nourish and energise as opposed to just eating because it is lunch time or for the sake of it, or because you are feeling emotional, and just eating whatever is quick and easy.

2. Simplify

If you present yourself with too many options, it can be really difficult to be able to make a rational decision. Think about a buffet style dinner- how hard is it to stop when you are actually full? Invariably, we end up totally stuffed after this kind of meal, as we wanted to try a little of everything because it was simply too difficult to choose just one or two things.

3. Experiment

The only way to know what foods work for you and which ones don’t is by trying. Add in a new food each week and notice how that affects your body and if there are positive or negative reactions. If you feel great, then that is a food you should eat more of. If it is the opposite, then you know that is a food not suitable for you.

On my part, I’m a vegan who eats a high raw food diet, but I know that this way of eating may not suit everyone. I would never force everyone to eat the same as me, ever. But I do  encourage people to try it, and to see how they feel by adding in more raw foods, or going vegan for a few days each week. It is only by experimenting that I was able to find the balance of raw and cooked food that worked for me.

4. Make the choice that suits you

Choose to eat foods that make you feel good, not bad, and that make you feel alive, not blah. Don’t become so obsessed about what is good and what is bad, because as soon as you categorise something as “bad”, then you are going to want it and potentially start bingeing on it. If you tell yourself that you must have something just because it is “good”, then it will be hard to make eating it a habit. It is your attitude about the foods that is more important than the food you eat.

So please lovely,  do not worry so much about what specific foods you are eating, and instead get back into communication with your own body and what is happening inside it. Food generally is important, but which is good or bad is not as important as just trusting your body’s needs and how your body feels when you make the food choices you make.Once you get intuitive enough, you will instinctively just know what food your body needs and what is going to fuel and nourish it positively, and you will automatically, without any inner battle, avoid the foods that are not so great for you. Promise!

  • I’d love to hear your thoughts? Do you feel in-tune with your body’s needs, or do you get confused about what you should and shouldn’t eat? Please share in the comments below.
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