With all the information about health and nutrition flying around, it’s hard to get a grip on what really works for YOU.
Good foods, bad foods, low carb, low fat, high fat, vegan, banting, macros, ketogenic, raw foods…
How do you even know what’s the best option to follow?
I love The Institute of Integrative Nutrition‘s take on the matter:
“Not too long ago humans existed without this media blitz, without diet gurus or celebrity chefs telling them what to eat. Instead, they relied on intuition. People simply knew what to eat and how to prepare it without engaging in such a cerebral interpretation of basic human needs.
Being healthy is really not all that complicated. The body knows what to eat – it’s the brain that makes mistakes. Maybe you heard about a diet that sounded great in theory, but after a week of eating that way, you started to feel weak or bloated. You don’t have to read nutrition books to know what foods are right or wrong for you. Instead, you can foster a deep relationship with your body in which it naturally tells what it needs to function at its highest potential. This post-modern approach will help you cultivate the ability to eat intuitively.
You already have free 24-hour access to the world’ most sophisticated laboratory for testing how foods affects your body and your health. You’re living in it! Your body is a sophisticated bio-computer. By learning to listen to your body and discovering an understanding of what foods it needs and when it needs them, you will discover what is best for you.
If you doubt this connection to your body, begin by acknowledging that your body is highly intelligent. You heart never misses a beat and your lungs are always breathing in and out. You can trust your body. It has evolved helpful instincts to keep you alive and well.“
As a way of learning how to listen to your body, try this breakfast experiment:
Explore a different breakfast every day for a week.
Write down what you eat and how you feel, both right after the meal and then again two hours later.
Try everything from eggs, fruit, veg, coffee + muffin, oats etc.
Let your body give you the answers. Later you can experiment with lunch and dinner too.