I have a lot of conversations with my husband and just when I think he isn’t listening he says something that sticks with me for what feels like forever.
My journey back to a healthy relationship with food has been the topic of conversation a couple of times and one thing Chad said to me was look back to when you felt your best. When were you the happiest? It’s brilliant in its simplicity.
Just do what you were doing then now.
That’s exactly what I’ve been doing. Before I got all caught up in extremes and restrictive eating I knew exactly what I needed to do. The time I focused on was when I was healthy inside and out, felt and looked my best and performance [with running] my strongest.
I looked back and I don’t remember ever stressing over what I COULD NOT and SHOULD NOT eat.
It was simply smart nutrition. More of a nutrition philosophy that primarily focused on what I COULD eat rather than a restrictive type of lifestyle/diet that focused on what I COULD NOT eat.
As it turns out, I knew all along what my nutrition philosophy [for lack of better words] should be.
Eat five times a day. Three meals and two small snacks. Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal.
Drink water throughout the day. Stay hydrated.
Know what’s in your food. The best way to do this is to cook your own meals, or even better enjoy cooking, as often as possible.
Be label savvy and ditch the processed foods. If you can’t pronounce don’t eat it and the fewer the ingredients the better.
Balanced nutrition. Eat fruit, vegetables, lean protein, gluten free* whole grains and healthy fats. It’s all about balance and eating foods you enjoy and giving your body the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs for healthy and optimal performance.
Portions matter. I don’t like to feel “full” or even worse, stuffed. Aim for proper portions and feeling satisfied.
Don’t skip meals. If you look up the definition of hangry you will see my photo. Skipping meals also lends itself to eating too much and grabbing whatever you can good for you or not.
Buy organic and seasonal as often as possible. I shop with the Dirty Dozen in mind. In fact I have a Dirty Dozen image saved on my phone. I enjoy the changes throughout the year with seasonal eating and seasonal produce is more flavorful.
Educate yourself about nutrition and know your body. This is where my one and only dietary restriction comes in, gluten free. Consulting with my doctor, listening to my body and a trial period of eating gluten free is what is best for my body, my health and how I feel (it’s not optional). And, thanks to my friend Lindsay at Cotter Crunch, I know the importance and the benefits of a healthy gut.
Stay active. This is the easy part. Nutrition and being active go hand in hand for good health, feeling your best and optimal performance.
Remember to enjoy your food. Never did I think that eating would become so stressful that NOT EATING seemed like a better option. Ditch the restrictions! Enjoy the foods you eat and feel good about nourishing your body to feel your best.
This was a lesson learned in trusting what you know to be true for you.
This is marvelous! Wouldn’t you agree?
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