I was at the book store the other day and walked into the “Health and Wellness” section, scanned all the books sitting prettily on the shelves, turned around and walked right back out! To be honest, I was kind of turned off. Hundreds and hundreds of books line the bookshelves all promoting something different and all promising their way is the way.
It tends to leave one feeling overwhelmed, confused, dizzy, and stifled. Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Grain free, Pro-grain, 100 Mile Diet, Raw Food Diet, Cooked diet, Mediterranean, Okinawa, South Beach, High Fat, Low Fat, Diet vs Undiet, Fast Diet, Slow Down Diet, and on and on and on…
So which one is right? The truth is, there is no perfect diet, no right diet and no one-way-to-eat diet.
Each nutrition book on the market has value, and offers interesting teachings, insights and tips (some more than others). There is wisdom in all the different nutritional plans that are out there. But the only one that is right, in my opinion, is the one that feels right for you in the moment.
We can’t stick to one way of eating for a lifetime. It defies nature. Just as foods change with each season, what we eat needs to change at difference stages and phases in our lives. What we eat when it is cold is different than what we need to eat when it is hot. What we eat when we are in our early 20’s needs to be different during menopause or andropause. What we eat when we are pregnant, training for a marathon or body building, will be different when those phases are over. What we need to eat to treat an illness or condition will be different when the body is healed.
The best diet is the one that changes and evolves with you throughout your life. If there is a specific way you want to try to eat, go for it. Get on the Vegan or Paleo train or whatever calls you, and see how it feels. The key is to be open to changing it when it doesn’t feel right anymore.
The greatest thing you can do is listen to your body wisdom and your inner nutritionist. If you are interested in following a specific diet, what parts of it resonate with you and are you inspired to try? What parts would you like to ignore and leave out? You will know if what you are eating is right for you if it provides you pleasure, energy, makes you feel satisfied, satiated and free of cravings, helps you to feel mentally focused and emotionally balanced.
No matter what you try, I do believe that the following are the most important nutritional ingredients to add to whatever way of eating you choose.
1. Believe that what you eat matters
2. Eat real food
3. Eat a diet full of color
4. Listen to your body
5. Be grateful and care about the food you eat
6. Eat with pleasure and joy
From Vegan to Paleo and everything in between, there is room to explore, experiment and be open to change.
Yours in Health,