What you eat matters and it matters a lot. You know this even though at times you like to pretend its ok to deviate and slip into the eating crazy mode. Consider this: your body houses your mind, spirit and soul and it needs appropriate nourishment. Many know how to eat well and do just that. Many are confused. Many are stressed over eating and have dreadful relationships with food.
What’s your relationship with food?
Most know they need to eat better yet still choose poorly. Sure some of us do pretty good, even really good with their habits. The point I make is that we know these habits as ‘ours’. Our dietary choices are one of the few areas of our life we have a good amount of control over and we don’t welcome anyone messing with this.
How we choose to eat is deeply personal and we are very protective and attached to our beliefs about our eating habits. And within here lies a crucial key – our beliefs about ‘healthy’ eating.
The Standard North American (SNAD) diet is accepted as the norm and revolves around a strong appetite for animal products, refined/processed foods, addition to sugar and stimulants such as coffee/caffeine, fast foods, excess consumption, alcohol, etc. It is also linked to our top diseases that either impair the quality of our life or take it too earlier.
Our relationship with food is powerful and any angst over what and how we eat adds to that very toxic substance we already ingest too much of - stress. It’s health debilitating in a caliber of its own ranks. Chronic stress is linked to chronic inflammation and now research is showing how it may be at the heart of all of our most deadly diseases. The irony of this is stress can further impair our eating habits, yet a nutrient dense diet enhances our ability to deal with stress.
If you aren’t feeling optimal: full of energy and vitality, boasting a strong immune system and warding off diseases, sustaining mood stability and ability to focus, enjoying a sound rejuvenating sleep and awakening energized you need diet and lifestyle revamping. Read on for some basics to make eating great, easier.
If you want to eat better, I mean you really want to eat better and decide this is now your ‘must do’ bar none, then the current standards you’ve set for yourself must change. First you’re going to need to determine what ‘eating well’ is and how you’ll adhere to this new standard even in the midst of utter chaos and extenuating circumstances.
Before you say, “I really am ready”, let’s clarify just what the commitment is, for without it curve balls will likely you knock you off course, for we all know life rarely rolls out exactly as planned.
Currently you have standards on what you will and won’t eat and you’ve likely convinced yourself that you haven’t had time to eat better. Until you set that must-do dietary approach for yourself, all great intentions are likely to fall wayward when life challenges you and let’s face it, we know it will.
Think of it this way: If you’ve been intending to avoid wheat/flour for weight management, you may be doing well at this, yet occasionally you find yourself eating it anyway. You justify it...‘The bread is home-made and warm’, you’re ‘starving’, or ‘there are no options or maybe it’s, ‘they made these brownies just for me’. Justifying compromise is easy if you don’t see this new dietary approach as an absolute essential. You get the idea?
If however, you have just been diagnosed with celiac disease you are not going to bend. You’ll adhere to your intentions because now avoiding wheat (gluten) is a ‘must do!’ There is no room, no option to deviate without enduring rather severe consequences. Your new standard with your dietary approach is absolutely no wheat! Just as it would be no peanuts if you were severely allergic and you’ll be very clear about this no matter where you are and what the circumstances, temptations and reasoning may be.
This is the way to new dietary standards. If you’re ready for this then you must adhere to your new must-do no matter what. My wish: more power to you. Let me know how it goes.