When it comes to eating well, there are many ways to do it. To eat well, to ensure you stay well, you must do what is right for you. Health is more than just nutrition and keeping yourself physically healthy. There is your social, mental and emotional health to consider when it comes to being in ‘good health’, and the foods you eat may or may not impact on these.
A few weeks ago I was just thinking about food, the choice we make, what we read and what we focus on. There are so many lists of food that we should or should not be eating. I think I may have even wrote one of these in my early blogging days. I’m going to assume I would have said broccoli, blueberries, greek yoghurt, peanut butter and oats. They are all really good tasting food. Anyway, my mind started to wander and I started making another list. Not a low fat dairy, green vegetables, lean meat kind of list of foods based on their nutrition qualities, but a list things to consider about your food choices.
1. Foods that you like the taste of
Kale, chia puddings, quinoa porridge, matcha lattes – trendy and ‘likeable’ on Instagram, but spinach, yoghurt, rolled oats and a standard coffee bean latte are just as nutritious.
A recipe calls for broccolini, but you don’t like broccoli and prefer beans? Use beans.
Everyone is eating smashed avo, but you prefer eggs on toast? Eat the eggs.
As important as it is to fuel our bodies with nutritious foods, we must also enjoy the foods we eat. We shouldn’t feel pressure to conform to society and eat the foods social media and celebrities tell us we should be eating. Sure by all means, give things a go. You never know until you try. But don’t feel bad because you just would prefer a bowl of oat porridge with banana for breakfast rather than the smoothie bowl loaded with cacao nibs and goji berries.
We are very lucky to be living in Australia. We’re pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to food. We have the luxury to eat what we like, whenever we like.
2. Foods that you actually feel like at the time
Let’s say you feel like chocolate but you say, I really should have an apple. You eat the apple, but don’t feel satisfied. So you spread some peanut butter on a cracker, eat it, but you’re still wanting the chocolate. So you finally eat the chocolate.
Worrying too much about the food you are eating and always trying to make the ‘right’ choice can take the pleasure out of actually eating. Sometimes, what you think you should be eating won’t leave you feeling satisfied and regardless of whether you are physically hungry, there is a chance you’ll want something more.
So next time you really really feel like some chocolate, take a square or two. Really enjoy it, and move on with your daily activities.
3. Foods that make you feel good
Food that make you feel energised, boosts your mood, fill you up and satisfies you.
4. Food that is actual real food
In Michael Pollen’s book In defence of food, he uses the term ‘edible food-like substances’ to describe non-core foods. Foods that don’t rot, are available at petrol stations and have long ingredients lists.
Focus more on eating real food. Vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, fish, meat and nuts.
Thanks for reading my ramblings yet again,