You’ve probably heard me talk a lot about cookies and cake and food freedom lately.
Some of you might think I’ve gone cuckoo – I’m a Nutrition coach for goodness sakes!
But I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to allow yourself all the foods you love whether they’ve been labeled as unhealthy or not. If you LOVE them and deny yourself these things you’ll eventually crave them => give in => overeat them => feel guilty =>eat more => and then think ‘well I’ve already blown it, might as well keep going”. Sound familiar?
We all agree that too much sugar is not a good thing long term, but for most of us, all our favourite treats are not what we sit down to eat 3x a day. So, let’s just move on for now.
What I want to focus on is the rest of the time. Perhaps you enjoy having sweet treats for breakfast lunch and dinner but for the most part we would eventually start to crave something a little more nourishing. So rather than stressing about all the foods you feel you ‘shouldn’t have let's focus on making our ‘most of the time’ matter.
Your ‘most of the time’ is going to be very different from someone else’s ‘most of the time’. It will depend on your taste buds, your budget, your lifestyle and a whole bunch of other factors including genetics and location. It’s going to involve some experimentation, some observations, and a lot of ‘tuning in’.
The outcome of getting your ‘most of the time’ right is that you are sleeping well, you feel good mentally, and you have the energy to do the things you love.
For many of us, that’s going to start with eating natural foods as often as possible. There is no reason to jump straight to the newest diet craze if you’re not even covering your basics yet. Is your diet predominantly natural foods with veggies, fruit, meat or other proteins, healthy fats and whole grains? If not, just start with doing the best you can in that department, just start with the basics.
From there you can start to experiment with more carbs or less carbs, more meat or less meat, etc. etc.
I know it seems simple but there can be lots of factors that get in the way. Just do the best with what you’ve got, where you are, most of the time and be kind to yourself.
Let go of the worry about your ‘some of the time’ foods. It’s what we do most of the time that matters. Our bodies love vitamins, minerals, macro and micro nutrients, focus on getting foods that nourish you as often as you can and let go of perfection (because it simply doesn’t exist).
This is why though we work on making peace with food and having a healthy relationship with food in my Empowered Eating course we still learn about the basics that make us happy healthy humans. We also spend a lot of time on learning to listen to our bodies and experiment so we can find our very own 'most of the time'.
Because we’re worth it.