There are dozens of different philosophies, outlooks and opinions on how and what we should we should be nourishing our bodies with. But I think a common thread between everyone with an interest in wellness is that we have the power to use food as one of the strongest (if not THE strongest) forms of medicine in transforming our lives, bodies, and emotions as well as physical and mental health. Thats right! You hold the spirit stick to your own health.
One of the most important things I’ve learned in my relationship with food and health is that it is 100% individual. What works with my body might not be the same as what works with yours and with an increase in food sensitivities/intolerances this is more relevant now than ever. But that’s what makes us all such unique and amazing creatures! My food philosophy revolves around what makes ME feel my best and I encourage you to adopt an eating lifestyle that makes you feel your best as well. Eat for you!
That being said, here’s what I like to shove in my pie hole. I love plants of all shapes, sizes, tastes and I certainly do not discriminate against any type of fresh produce. I’m a plant lover through and through. Because fruits and veggies have my heart, I tend to eat a variety of mostly fresh produce and I am so blessed to have an incredibly inexpensive, quality, produce focused store within a 2 mile radius. I try to buy mostly organic if I can, especially when it comes to the “dirty dozen”, but I’m also ballin on a budget so sometimes my bank account tells me no. But hey, conventional produce is better than no produce at all, eh?
While I love me some fresh fruit and veg, I confess that I am a meat lover as well. But once upon a time I was a vegan for two weeks in college and it just didn’t work for me and my body. There’s that uniqueness again^^^. I’ve learned that animal protein helps me stay fuller longer and with my active lifestyle, it’s just not something I can go without. Mad respect for vegans and vegetarians who are killin it though. Seriously, good job.
The quality of meat, eggs, fish, and poultry is incredibly important to me. I really don’t buy or consume tons of meat, but when I do I always choose organic or grass fed because factory farmed animals ain’t cool! Of all the animal proteins in the land, eggs are definitely my go to choice. They’re quick, budget friendly, and unbelievably versatile. If I don’t have any huevos in my fridge I know it’s time to get my booty to the grocery store.
In addition to a balanced diet of fresh produce and quality protein, I’ve gotta give a shout out to healthy fats. Fats are my good friends and we get along real well because they help me feel full and satisfied for hours. I love snacking on nuts, seeds, avocados, and I try to incorporate a variety of healthy oils in my diet like coconut and olive oil. After years of being afraid of fat and jumping on the low fat bandwagon, I started to realize the havoc it was wreaking on my body and especially my hormones. Now I fear no fat and even.. gasp.. BUTTER.. has a place at my table.
I tend to stray away from most grains and especially refined carbs. My body just isn’t a fan, but if yours is, power to you. The same goes for dairy products and even though I enjoy cheese on rare occasions and in moderation, there’s something about drinking another animal’s milk that just freaks me out.
So there you have it folks. My food philosophy and what is currently working for me. Maybe it will change in the future, but for right now it’s making me feel pretty great. Again, I am in no way a registered dietitian or nutritionist. I’m simply sharing my lifestyle with the interweb and I hope you guys can relate. I would love to hear your thoughts on your own individual food philosophies so please comment if you feel like sharing!