I am so curious to know what first comes to mind when I say the words “healthy diet”? Do you think about nebulous terms like superfood, natural, fresh, energy, antioxidants, whole, grains? Do you start to feel guilty about the donut you ate for breakfast and concede to the idea that your healthy day is ruined so you might as well just quit? In no way am I trying to put thoughts in your head, but these are all reactions I have observed and even wrestled with myself at certain points. I have even gone so far as to arbitrarily assign unhealthy taboos to certain foods like pizza, while feeling completely “safe” eating a sandwich of the same nutritional value. Anyone else?
What I want to share with you, are a few simple principles that I have slowly allowed to guide my relationship with food. Nothing about this list is groundbreaking, but it is sustainable, life-giving and merciful— adjectives that describe NO fad diet, no matter how “revolutionary” it is. My goal is not to get you to subscribe to my POV, but instead to challenge the definitions of nutrition that we pull from gimmicky advertisements, marketing campaigns and “breaking” media coverage that are frankly just trying to sell us their version of the truth.
I will be sharing these principles with you one-by-one as part of the “RE-Defining Health” series, to allow for optimum digestion—pun intended.