Vegan. Vegetarian. Pescetarian. Paleo. Fruititarian.
Updated: Oct 20, 2017
Food man, it's so controversial! There are so many diets, fads, labels, the list goes on and on. I get asked often what diet I follow and what my relationship with food is. I feel like my love of food has always been present and it has always been present in my life. I taught myself how to cook based off of my obsession with Food Network and watching my Mom and Dad mix it up in the kitchen. I was asking to cook family dinners when I was in middle school all the way up until now. So you can say that my food journey started pretty early and has only grown since then.
It wasn’t until I started getting into the yoga scene when I started to unveil the strong connection between food and the way it interacts and affects the body and the mind.
As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine”
This has since been a theme in my world. I am fascinated with the way food can help us. I am also fascinated by the true confusion so many of us have with food. It seems there are always things going on the “this is not good for you” list. However, through all my research and investigations I have come to find that there are no “right” and “wrong” foods for a group of people. We are all individuals and we all need completely different things to nourish our bodies.
So this post is my ode to food. It has been my mission to reestablish a healthy, balanced relationship with food. A relationship that supports and uplifts my mind, body, and soul. I have loved food, hated food, been discouraged by food, and been so wrapped up in food throughout my days. I have removed animal products from my diet, I have been vegan, I have only eaten fish, I have followed the blood type diet. You name it, I’ve probably tried it. If you ask me what diet I follow, I don’t put a label on it anymore. I don’t like being put in a box. I don’t like having restrictions and regulations. I don’t like when people expect me to eat a certain way or to avoid a food group just because of a label. I am happy for those who follow a diet and don’t mean to offend anyone… it’s just not my style!
Here are some tried and true elements of my diet. Note that this may not work for you and that’s amazing! Do what serves you and your fine self!
Eat many many many veggies. Currently I am avoiding nightshades (peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants) in my diet as I have found that they don’t make me feel my best. I stick to leafy greens, root veggies, and beans.
Avoid sugar (when possible!). This is an ongoing challenge for me. I love me some chocolate!!! However, I do notice that when I eat sugar, my face breaks out and my energy level dips. There is also soooo much sugar in processed foods, even the ones we think are healthy (granola bars, most drinks, etc.). My goal is currently to cut out sugar wherever and whenever I can.
Drink water. Lots of water. The more water you drink, the better. I read in The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas that if we do not drink the amount of water our own individual body requires, we actually gain weight each day. Water is literally medicine. It hydrates, flushes the system, and rejuvenates the body. Drink up!
Limit fruit intake. I am the fruit queen. It probably correlates to my love of sugar! I always thought fruit was amazing for you and I should eat as much as I could in a day. My thoughts on fruit have shifted. I am currently trying to limit my fruit intake to 2-3 servings per day. I am also sticking to fruits with lower natural sugar to avoid breakouts and energy dips! My go to fruits are blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and apples.
I can’t say that these will always be part of my diet because I am constantly researching, testing things out, and changing. I can say however that I spent a good amount of time listening to my body and thinking about how I feel after everything I eat. I try to notice how my body feels, how my thought patterns are, and how my emotions are. Food is medicine and should be treated as such!