For years, people have been obsessed with counting calories but there’s a better way to diet and it starts with eating whole foods. Don’t get me wrong do I not understand?
I totally get you for years I counted calories thinking that was the way to make healthy, more beautiful, slimmer, faster, smarter goshhh the list is endless. Do you relate to this?
Have you ever Googled:
“How many calories should I eat in a day?”
“How many calories should I eat to lose weight?”
“Where can I find a calorie calculator?”
“What’s the best way to track how many calories you eat?”
“How many calories are in [insert name of food here]?”
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or all of the questions above, you’re not alone, and that’s because we live in a world of diet culture. When I learnt what diet meant it changed my whole outlook.
“Diet has become a dirty word that is associated with weight loss. When in reality, “diet” is a word that describes “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.”
For a moment, think of the word “diet” in this new light—leaving weight loss out of the definition. Can you reflect on the foods you’ve been eating on a daily basis? What habits have you picked up over time? Is your plate filled with whole foods or processed foods?
The easiest way to improve your diet? By counting the number of plants on your plate, rather than the number of calories.
HEALTHY IS SO EASY WHEN YOU KNOW HOW..
DON'T COUNT CALORIES, COUNT PLANTS
You’ve heard the saying “quality over quantity,” right? Well this is exactly the same when we nourish our bodies.
Looking at the nutritional value of food is far more important than focusing on the number of calories. Why? Because calorie counting often leads to unbalanced meals which leaves gaps in your nutritional needs. Instead, it’s better to focus on whole foods and portion sizes.
Here are a few simple tips to help you create a new, healthy relationship with food.
OPT FOR WHOLE FOODS
Whole foods & nutrient dense SUPERFOODS are packed with all of the nourishment your body needs including; vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and enzymes. Try eating as many micronutrients as you can and see how you feel!
And, as an added bonus: when you eat whole foods, it’s easy to stay clear of artificial sweeteners, highly processed sugars and oils, fillers, gums, genetically modified food and MSG.
Surely this is a WIN..
FOCUS ON PORTION SIZE
Plants contain a lot of water which is amazing for hydration, up your plants and watch what happens to your skin.. but in all seriousness your portion size may increase as plants are full of water , increasing your portion size is ok..
Eating intuitively is all about learning to listen to your body’s needs. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. But that doesn’t mean you should eat an entire bag of chips or get to the bottom of a sugary cereal box in record time. Eating intuitively means filling your body with nutritious foods like veggies and hummus, healthy snack bar, nuts, berries & smoothies. Healthy snacking can (and should) nourish and satisfy you.
Food should not be your enemy; it’s actually the opposite! A healthy variety of plant-based foods will support your body’s natural healing process, improve your digestion, give you more energy, support your metabolism – and much more!
Start fueling your body with the best nature has to offer and you will thrive.