Is it just me, or have been getting a little cray in the wonderful world of health and nutrition? For too long we’ve been spoon fed lies, led astray and been deeply en-grained with pervasive nutritional dogma delivered by fake food experts and we have forgotten to listen to what our guts are really trying to tell us.
This post is a timely reminder to step away from the dietary insanity get back to basics.
We need to stop counting calories, over complicating food, and learn to live happily and healthfully. It really is that simple.
But why do we make it so damn hard for ourselves?!
When it comes to food, there are no rules – Other than those we impose on ourselves. At our finger tips we have Doctor Google, choice and the ability to make decisions about what we put in our mouths. While certain foods nourish and heal the body, others harm, hinder and disrupt biological processes. There’s no use stamping these foods as good or bad, healthy or unhealthy, without a deeper level understanding of Why… What these foods do inside our bodies… And identifying which foods supply the nutrients we need the most.
Education is key and knowledge is power. When we make well-informed food decisions coming from a place of knowledge, we kick-start our health and open up a whole new world of foods that our bodies and taste buds will love.
Here’s the thing Peeps: I hate to break it to ya, but…There’s no such thing as The Perfect Human Diet.
Every single body on this planet is different, no two are the same. When it comes to diet and nutrition, what works for you, may not work for me. We all have different body types, genetic makeups, body shapes, taste preferences, activity levels, blood types and ethnic backgrounds and beliefs around food and eating. It’s important to take these factors into account and finding what works for you and what works against you.
Diversity is vital and it’s important to use your body as a barometer to see how certain foods sit with you and how they make you feel.
If you are experiencing any kind of adverse side effects after eating, it’s time to reassess and play guinea pig for a while to figure out what’s causing it. If you are one of the fortunate beings and feel perfectly normal eating a typical Western diet, then there’s no need to jump on the latest health craze and cut out an entire food group (just because a celeb-turned Health- Junkie said so). Otherwise, you might miss out on essential nutrients and compromise your health, for no good reason. In saying that, just focus on eating whole foods and you will find everything just falls into place.
The Haters are gonna hate, but I have to touch on the Paleo Diet here. There is so much heated debate surrounding the Paleo Diet (**cough, Pete Evans). I want to move the focus to the underlying principles of the Paleo lifestyle and recognise that this way of eating simply provides a framework to help us make wiser choices.
Nowadays, us Westerners have the luxury of living in a world where our food supply is abundant. This enables us to have our (Paleo) cake and eat it too so we can combine the common threads of what our ancestors ate, and adopt our own modern versions.
Some people question the Paleo lifestyle and it’s rigidity and argue that one must strictly eat what the Caveman ate. In my mind, this is utter BS…
My opinion? If Caveman could’ve had that raw cacao bliss ball, he totally would’ve. So long as it’s real food, you’ve got the green light Honey.
A modern day Paleo’er trying to mimic exactly how a Caveman lived is laughable (total lol). Take Caveman Pete for example, he didn’t shower, drive a car, count calories or give a second thought to what he looked like in his loin cloth (wink).
He lived day-to-day purely to survive, and probably ate whatever he could get his hands or teeth into. He ate nose-to-tail from pasture fed animals, including organ meats, bone marrow, eggs… The whole shebang, in all it’s fatty glory.
What it really boils down to, is this…
The Paleo Diet cuts out the crap. Nothing processed, period.
What Caveman Pete didn’t know back then, is that his diet was nutrient-dense, filled with nourishment and nutrition. Now that’s hot.
The bottom line is… Don’t worry so much. Go easy on yourself and don’t sweat the small stuff…
If you fall off the bandwagon one day, jump back on it the next. It’s no biggie. It’s what we do every day that matters, not once in a blue moon. Fill your plate and belly with REAL FOOD.
Nothing processed, refined, packaged or boxed. Just Eat and Love Real Food. And you’ve won the battle.