Happy Wellness Wednesday! Healthy Eating.
It seems like everybody these days has a different definition of healthy eating, doesn’t it?
One person swears by keto and intermittent fasting, the next is a vegetarian, plant-based, paleo, low fat, you name it and you’ve seen it defined as healthy eating.
So what does healthy eating truly look like? How do you sift through all of this information that often conflicts with each other?
Here’s what I’ve come to realize. What looks like healthy eating for you might not be what is healthy for me. There is no one size fits all. We are bioindividuals. There really is no mold for any of us to try to squeeze into together. What then do we do?
We must LISTEN to our bodies. Our bodies know better than anybody else what is good for us, what doesn’t work well for us, what doesn’t work well for us anymore when it used to, and what we need more or less of. How do our bodies “talk” to us then?
Here are some common messages our body sends when we need to take a look and likely redefine what healthy eating means for us:
Eczema or Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin rash commonly on upper arms)
Digestive distress including gas and bloating or heartburn
Brain fog including not being able to complete sentences or making mistakes in your work or home that shouldn’t be made
Adrenal fatigue: poor quality of sleep, anxiety, and unexplained fatigue or lethargy
So where do we go from here? What direction should we go to make sure our bodies are functioning optimally? Here are a couple of good starting places:
Do your research. It is hard to come across unbiased information in this day and age, and that is true of nutritional information too. Don’t go to your social media feeds to find out what the next hot trend is in dieting or eating. There are good resources out there though. PubMed is comprised of articles containing actual medical research and free to read. MayoClinic.org is also another excellent research-backed resource. Start there!
Focus on nutrient density, what you should be adding to your diet, not necessarily what to cut out (barring allergies and sensitivities). Focus on getting enough, not what you need less of. The macronutrients that our body requires to operate are protein, fat, and carbohydrate. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals, also something to focus on consuming more of.
If you have a medical condition, look for a functional medicine doctor in your area that can help you address nutritional deficiencies or intolerances you may have. They can help you figure out what is healthy for your body as they do not operate off blanket guidelines.
Here at HigherRing, we need you to be well. Your family needs you to be well. Your friends need you to be well. Take the time to listen to your body. What is it saying to you? Nourish your body in the specific way it needs to be nourished. You are worth the special care!