According to Nutritionist Lauren Talbot, physical symptoms like bloating, lethargy, insomnia, depression, difficulty losing weight and skin problems are the result of the low-nutrient foods we eat.
As she explained to us, while we eat for many reasons (because we’re hungry, tired, happy, sad, or because the food (and wine) is sooo good), our bodies eat for one reason only:
It wants and needs nutrients to do its job!!
Follow these tips, not just for a safe healthy detox, but to transform your diet, digestion, and body for good.
1. Eat for YOUR nutritional needs
The emphasis is on YOUR needs. We make the mistake when we follow diets, that one specific plan that works for millions will work for us too.
When you eat for your nutritional needs, you focus on getting enough Vitamin B12 to keep your energy up because like the rest of us, you’re juggling a lot. You focus on getting extra iron during your period if you’re susceptible to iron-deficiency anemia. You eliminate dairy and wheat due to chronic conditions. You focus on getting extra Vitamin C when you want to boost your immune system. You stock up on kelp and eat foods high in iodine if you need to boost your thyroid. In other words, you become your own nutritionist or partner with one. You compose your diet according to your age, lifestyle, health concerns and from a place of wholeness.
You then lose the focus on calories, low-fat/high-fat, no carbs and other diet industry hype.
2. Eat quality over quantity
To quote author and food activist Michael Pollen:
Cheap food is an illusion. The real cost of the food is paid somewhere… if it isn’t paid at the cash register, it’s charged to your health.
On the Western diet, we are eating 3x more foods. According to nutritionists, one reason we’re overeating is that it takes more low-nutrient foods to feel satiated. Not only that, the low-quality (usually processed) foods we’re eating is disrupting the bacteria in our gut, creating food sensitivities and throwing off our hormones. It creates all that drama while giving us only a fraction of the nutrients we need.
There are all kinds of studies and information pointing to the fact that food is a drug. Not only can it be addictive, but it can also be healing when we’re eating quality nutrient-dense foods. Food affects our brain, which affects our moods, our digestion, and our sleep. By eating quality over quantity, we eat less and feel better.
Confused about how much is enough? A good guide is the serving sizes of fine restaurants. They serve quality ingredients and portion sizes that are easy for the body to digest.
3. Eat with others
When eating alone, we tend to multitask. We eat while watching TV, while working, or doing something else. Meals should be eaten with others ideally, and always eaten mindfully, especially when we eat alone.
Mindful eating tips:
- Reading while eating is much better than eating while watching TV.
- Chew each bite 30 times. Pause for 30 seconds to a minute between every six bites. I know it sounds like work and your first thought is that you won’t remember. You once thought that about driving a car… Once you learn it, it becomes a habit and you won’t have to think about it.
- Think about the nourishment you’re putting in your body. While you’re eating some blueberries, imagine Vitamin C making your immune system stronger, the antioxidants helping to delay aging, the fiber and other nutrients helping your heart and even helping to prevent cancer. THINK, don’t just eat… and think well.
- Be grateful for what you’re eating and enjoy it with all your senses. The juices and color of those berries. Be amazed, be grateful, be present for all of it and for the company you’re eating with.
- Use smaller plates and stay away from the plate corners, i.e., don’t pack your plate because that’s not how they serve meals in better restaurants.
If you want to keep the weight off and feel healthier, make these 3 tips a regular part of your life. You’ll have benefits like these to look forward to:
- glowing skin
- less constipation and digestive complaints
- natural weight management
- better sleep
- fewer cravings which will save you up to 2,000 calories per week
- more energy
- a better sex life
- greater confidence
There are many weight loss tips out there but with these as your guide to eating, you’ll begin to transform your entire relationship with food and may never need another one.