It seems to me that eating well and being “healthy” stresses people out and confuses us quite a bit. This makes me sad to see, because it’s so unnecessary, and this stress/guilt completely sabotages all the healthy habits we already have going on. It’s SO important to remember that having a concern for your health and well-being in the first place is a huge step, a sign that you’re already headed in the right direction.
1. Be kind with yourself and recognize that you’re already much better off than many folks who don’t realize or acknowledge that their health is a cause for concern, and that food, exercise, and mental well-being are central to this process.
2. Forget almost everything you’ve ever heard or absorbed about micronutrients, macronutrients, and nutrition in general – carbs, protein, fat, fibre, calories, etc. Worrying about these things is a waste of time and a detriment to your enjoyment of real, delicious, whole foods. Stop obsessing and start enjoying your food! With that being said, this doesn’t mean go crazy and eat anything you want – there are some other key pointers to keep in mind.
3. Eat only whole, unprocessed foods as much as you possibly can. Avoid eating things in packages as much as possible, things that have ingredients you don’t understand, things that you don’t know the ingredients of at all, or if you don’t know or trust the person who has made it. Doing this will ensure that you’re getting all the nourishment that is meant for your body to naturally assimilate from natural, traditional foods.
4. Let vegetables be a central element of what you eat. Everything else is supplementary, and yes, you will get enough protein. Your body will tell you what else it needs and wants, listen and ensure that it’s of the highest possible quality (i.e. farm-fresh, pastured eggs, meats, and dairy, sustainable seafood, lentils & legumes, whole grains, top-quality fats – extra virgin olive oil, nuts & seeds and their oils, coconut products, farm-fresh butter and ghee). These will satisfy you and compliment your veggies beautifully.
5. (the most important step!) Follow the seasons. Focus on what’s growing around you, what your body is intended to eat as the environment around you also changes, and you’ll be well on your way to your ideal health. To make this simple, go to your local farmer’s market each week or subscribe to a weekly CSA. You can also check this out for more tips about what foods are the freshest and healthiest for you right now. You’ll naturally eat a ton more vegetables and fresh, luscious fruits AND your body will thank you by finding its ideal weight easily, functioning smoothly, and glowing from the inside out.
Enjoy the coming season of abundance and remember to let your diet shift alongside the weather.
To your very best health and with lots of Spring love,
If you’re interested in ensuring that you’re eating plenty of fresh, organically-grown, veggies in an easy way – be sure to check out our Grandma’s Garden weekly farm shares – you’ll have a basket of locally-grown goodies to inspire you in the kitchen every single week this summer season!
Another great way to get into the habit of eating by nature’s rhythms is gently cleansing your body with a simplified, whole foods diet once each season. You can get your hands on a one-week Spring Renewal meal plan right here, everything’s done for you!