My Food Philosophy
“Make eating healthy your lifestyle, not your diet!”
I never really realized how food affected me until I got older. As a kid and adolescent I could eat whatever I wanted without seeing a difference in my body or the way I felt. My Mom always taught me the importance of a well balanced diet and every dinner had a protein, carb and vegetable, but I definitely indulged in some not so healthy snacks and sweets. Let’s just say dunkaroos were my go to snack after school! I am known to have a big sweet tooth in my family and in my younger days I ate as much of it as I wanted.
As I get older I understand how important it is to take care of my body. The best way for me to do this is to be more conscious of my food choices. I can’t eat a plate of nachos, chicken tenders and a huge piece of cake like I might have when I was kid, without feeling completely affected by the sugar and fat I just consumed.
Today my body is much more sensitive to carbs and sugar. I have explored low carb, low fat, gluten free and non-dairy diets. To me the word “diet” means restriction, calorie counting and misery. In the past, when I approached eating as a diet, I would be so disappointed in myself if I strayed from my diet and constantly felt stressed. Eating wasn’t fun when I was “dieting.” Now, I no longer view my way of eating as a “diet,” but rather a “lifestyle.” Through trial and error I have come to understand what foods make me feel best and give me the most energy for the day. Today my “lifestyle” is mostly low-carb meals, but it doesn’t mean I won’t let myself indulge every now and then with some chocolate cake! I tend to eat 6 small meals a day to keep my blood sugar stable and metabolism up! Gluten can affect me as well, triggers my migraines, so I try to limit my gluten intake and if I do eat it I choose whole grains.
It is easy to make healthy food choices when you know what foods make you feel best. Now when I see some yummy looking donuts sitting in my office, I stop and ask myself, “how will I feel after I eat that?” Knowing that it will bring on a sugar crash and leave me exhausted wanting to hide under my desk for a nap, helps me make a healthier choice and reach for an apple and almonds instead.
Adopt the philosophy to eat lean, clean and green, like the Tone It Up girls preach. I try to do this as much as possible and feel best when I do. Eating this way has changed my life, gives me energy and I can’t ever imagine going back to the way I once ate.
Everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for the next. I do low-carb and limit gluten because of how easily I am affected by the sugar and starches. Someone else might be sensitive to dairy or have a certain food allergy. Find what works for you and make it your “lifestyle.” Ditch the diets and you will bring joy back into eating!
For whatever your healthy lifestyle might be, check out my recipes for some healthy options!