This leaves many opting for the quickest and most convenient meal options; of which usually translates to choosing carry-out and processed meals more often than home-cooked, whole-food, and nutrient-dense ones. This epidemic is playing out in the form of widespread, lifestyle-driven obesity and chronic dis-ease.
In light of this, this blog is dedicated to providing practical strategies for weaving nutritional healing into one’s daily life. It will not serve as a list of exact recipes but instead be a collection of short vignettes, told from my kitchen to yours, that depict simple, healthy, and tasty meal ideas. It will also provide tips and strategies for weaving healthy eating into your lifestyle with the least amount of overwhelm as possible.
In sharing excerpts from my ever-evolving nutritional journey with you, please know that I am not in support or against any dietary theory. We all have unique nutritional needs and belief systems, and therefore the diet that will best support you is the one that best promotes your physical and mental health as well as aligns with your worldview.
Though, sometimes the diet that best supports one’s worldview is not always the one that best supports one’s physical and emotional health. If your health is not optimal and you resist exploring new ways of eating due to an underlying belief system, I encourage you to explore that belief system.
My 12 Guiding Principles of Healthy Eating!
The diet that I have landed on that allows me to feel my best and is in alignment with my core values is a grain-free, paleo-based one that emphasizes liberal portions of vegetables, fruits (in moderation), ample healthy fats, and moderate animal protein that is proven to be raised organically, humanely, grass-fed, and/or free-range. Once again, I not for or against any way of eating. I am all about bio-individuality, and I respect everyone’s choices. I ask the same in return.
I hope you find the tales I tell of my ever-evolving journey with food and my adventures in the kitchen within this blog to be inspiring, useful, and engaging on your quest to feel, look, and be your best. And, because I believe the most useful articles are ones that include action steps, I would like to now leave you with 12 guiding principles of healthy eating that underpin what, how, and when my husband and I eat.
If you could not gather it, hunt it, or fish it, it is best not to eat it.
If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it’s probably best to avoid it.
We can either pay the farmer or pay the doctor. The choice is up to us.
Shop the out perimeter of the grocery store and know where the organic section is!
How and when we eat is just as important as what we eat.
What we eat is very important but what we digest and assimilate is more important.
Optimizing nutrition goes way beyond what, how, and when we eat. It also includes what we read and listen to, the people we associate with, and how we think and behave.
All food has vibrational energy. This energy is transferred to us when we consume food. The way fruits and vegetables are farmed, and the conditions in which animals are raised determines whether or not this vibrational energy will be positive or negative. I realize that this might be a bit “deep” or “out there” for some to take in and understand. For this reason, I almost did NOT include it in this list. But, I am all about standing in and speaking my truth. I encourage you to sit with it and explore what this might mean to you. If it does not resonate, I respect that.
All macros are essential and have different roles! This means that our bodies need protein, fats, and carbohydrates in the right ratio for one’s bio-individual needs.
Meal prep is an integral part of optimal nutrition. It is widely held that digestion begins in the digestive tract once a food is consumed. The truth is that digestion starts in the brain with the release of essential hormones that are triggered by anticipating eating, aromas, and the handling of food and the prepping of the meal. When we order carry out or eat out too often, we bypass many of these critical aspects.
If healthy meal prep is overwhelming and freaking you out, then you are likely overthinking it, making it too complicated, and you need a system to follow — which will be the premise of the Healthy Eats Blog!
There is no such thing as one way of eating that is right for everyone. We all have unique dietary needs and these needs change according to our phase of life and current circumstances. The BEST diet for you is the one that allows you to feel, look, and be your best.
This is a wrap! If this article provided you with some useful and inspiring takeaways — even if just one! Stay tuned for many healthy, practical meal ideas and simple, manageable strategies for ending overwhelm in the kitchen in future articles!