The other day, a segment on NPR radio caught my attention. The gentleman on the radio said, “The thing folks do not realize, is that food is an extremely intimate subject with individuals, especially when you tell someone what to eat and how much.” I sat back with a sigh of relief and thought, isn’t that the truth!
Food is a very vulnerable subject. In sports, food becomes fuel. In optimal health, food becomes a component to achieving optimal fitness. And it becomes a very large part of our daily social lives, as well as celebration.
When you are working towards a healthy lifestyle, you may begin to question all your food choices. What do I eat? How much? What times? It can be very intimidating. Not to mention the hundreds of books and talk shows that give us different versions of the best ways to manage our diet in order to obtain a caloric equation of intake vs. outtake to lose weight.
I’m no different. I have tried a number of diets and I used to grab the latest Women’s Health magazine each month to see what foods would give me washboard abs. I finally realized that maybe the opposite should happen – SIMPLIFICATION! Eat for optimal health instead of weight loss.
Try this: start by simplifying your diet for just one week. You will reduce the intimidation and frustration with food. Simplify to regain power within yourself and what you want to achieve with food. This becomes the building blocks to learning the wild maze of nutrition.
My version of simplifying is based on ingredients. Instead of just following what someone tells me to eat and not knowing why, I pick foods with just a few, preferably natural, ingredients. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. So what goes in, has to be used to give you fuel. So what kind of fuel do you want to give your body?
Here’s my challenge for you. Pick foods with seven or fewer ingredients and see what you learn. My choice? All natural peanut butter straight from the spoon! It makes me feel like a kid again.
Need a quick breakfast idea? Try this, It’s my favorite:
1 6oz cup of Chobani Plain Greek yogurt
½ cup fresh raspberries
¼ cup Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola
(252 calories, 2.5g fat, 36.5g carbs, 13.5g sugar, 22.5g protein)
Mix it all up and you have a healthy, nutritious and delicious breakfast!
And just remember… it’s OK to indulge in an occasional ice cream. Enjoy!