“So what do you eat?” - I get this question A LOT so I figured what better why to answer it then with a blog post!
[Note: As my eating habits evolve I will add updates to the bottom of this blog with the dates. It’s helpful to look back at your journey for crucial information and I encourage all of you to have some type of tracking system or log of your own!]
In a nut shell, I choose to eat mostly all whole foods while consuming very little processed “foods” on a regular basis.
Basically I’ll reach for sliced peppers, a handful of nuts or an apple before chips. You'll never catch me consuming sugary beverages like soda or candy. I consciously choose not to knowingly pour toxic crap into my body.
In addition to steering clear of most processed foods I also choose to sustain from all refined sugars and dairy (except for ghee, which I’ve recently added in after being completely dairy-free for almost 2 years). I also limit my intake of gluten and legumes. Both can be rough on anyone’s belly but especially for those who are extra sensitive.
My daily meals are generally LOADED with vegetables (I’ve learned to really LOVE my veggies), followed by healthy fats and sometimes high-quality animal protein and sometimes not. I haven’t eaten beef since I was about 9 years old. The reason? Well that’s a whole other post within itself. I’ve actually never tasted meats like lamb, bison, etc although I’m currently interested in what that might look like for me one day. For now, I usually enjoy lots of fish, turkey, some chicken and occasional pork.
Sure, I'll take a walk on the wild side from time-to-time and have less healthy foods but it's not a daily activity and I've only chosen to do so now because I've worked extensively on healing my gut, my emotional relationship with food, and eliminating my sugar cravings.
Now, the question that usually follows is "Why do you eat this way?" and the short answer is because it's what currently makes me THRIVE in my life.
While studying at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I learned well over 100 different dietary theories, which honestly confused the hell out of me. One week I’d be hearing lectures all about the benefits of eating a raw vegan diet and the next week Dr. Perlmutter would be explaining how terribly grains affect our systems.
Confusion was precisely where I was meant to be and was the greatest gift I have ever been given.
It trained me to be the well-rounded coach I am today by showing me first hand the vital importance of bio-individuality. The fact is discovering what foods your individual body needs to thrive is what it takes to live optimally!
So I decided to keep experimenting. I did a stint of eating completely vegetarian and vegan, I completed a raw food cleanse and a juice fast, dabbled in eliminating sugar, dairy, processed foods. All while keeping detailed logs of how I felt, what my energy levels and emotional state was like, how my sleep quality was, how my workouts felt, etc.
I was creating my customized roadmap to optimal living!
Finding the Whole 30 along my journey was a very important step. Melissa + David do a fabulous job of providing loads of science in really easy to understand everyday language and I immediately connected deeply to what they call Good Food Standards. They believe the food we eat should:
- Promote a healthy psychological response
- Promote a healthy hormonal response
- Support a healthy gut
- Support immune function + minimize inflammation
Sounds like 4 rather reasonable requests of the food we are putting into our bodies, right?
Although I may have slightly different views on having a smoothie than they do, I share their core belief and use these food standards in my own life and with my private coaching clients.
The people that inspire me the most in the world of wellness are the ones who truly walk their talk. They commit to the work, take an integrative approach, and ultimately create information for the rest of us to learn from.
At the end of the day, this is what I know for sure:
"The core foundational principles of optimal living are the same but your exact bio-individual formula is different!"
Start customizing your roadmap today and if you need, I’m here to help!
What are some of the common frustrations you've encountered creating your personal roadmap to optimal living? What are things you frequently struggle with? Do you feel like you've nailed your eating habits and are really thriving? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.