A question I get asked a lot as a nutritionist is “what’s the healthiest diet?”.
It seems that everyone wants to know what the perfect “diet” is in order to look and feel great. There are conflicting and contradictory things you hear on TV, in books and even on social media. So which diet is the best for your health? Many believe that it’s best to eat exclusively organic, vegetarian/vegan, raw, Paleo, low-fat, or low-carb foods. How do you tell which eating plan is best for you? Is there a “one-size-fits-all” diet that leads to better health?
While many thrive on specific diets, that doesn’t mean they’ll work for everyone. Why does one person thrive on a specific diet and another doesn’t? Scientists don’t know yet, but are speculating that it could have something to do with genetics, our environment and gender.
As diet trends come and go, what’s important is to focus on is what makes you feel your best.
Tips for finding your perfect diet
The _________ (fill in your name) diet has variables like food sensitivities, diagnoses’, goals, preferences and genetics. All of these come into play when finding foods that make you thrive.
What most healthy diets share in common is they involve eating mostly plants, keeping sugar low, fiber high and eliminating processed foods. They also suggest food quality instead of just focusing on calories.
Paying attention to what you’re eating and choosing high quality foods is key for achieving good health.
What is food awareness and why does it matter? Food awareness is simply paying attention to your food. It means eating mindfully, while not in a hurry or stressed. Also, it brings attention to your food choices.
Mindful Eating Tips
Eating rapidly and ignoring your body’s signals that it’s full should be replaced with
slowing down and avoiding distractions while eating (like your phone). During your next meal, try single-tasking and just eating, with no screens or distractions.
There’s a difference between eating because of emotions and eating because of hunger. Rather than just eating when we get emotional signals, which may be different for each of us, be they stress, sadness, frustration, loneliness or even just boredom, we can listen to our bodies. Many times, we eat when our mind tells us to, rather than our bodies. Listen to our body’s signals for hunger. Ask yourself: What are your body’s hunger signals, and what are your emotional hunger triggers?
Choosing foods that are high quality means whole and unprocessed (think closest to nature.) Choose foods that are locally grown and in season as often as possible. There are still farmers markets happening in Victoria and on the island and you can get local produce and meat all year through:
Good quality ingredients will also lead to a greater sense of satiety and minimize your chances of bad eating habits, such as unhealthy snacking or eating oversized portions.
Most people know that regular movement, eating well, sleep, and stress management are important for looking and feeling better. Yet they need help applying that knowledge in the context of their busy, sometimes stressful lives.
That’s where I come in! As a Holistic Nutritionist I work with you to fit a healthy lifestyle into your life. Small steps lead to big changes and I’ll be there with you throughout your health journey.