I had a conversation with one of my dear clients last week and she asked me what I thought about eating fruit with thick skin? I was a little taken aback and thought "what the?". She said someone she knows told her you shouldn't eat fruit with thick skin and this lady knew so because she was a trainer. It almost made me laugh the absolute ridiculous things that some people come up with.
There is so much overwhelming information out there on what we should and shouldn't be eating. Why have we made it so hard and confusing for ourselves? Let's lose the labels and eat the food we love and enjoy.
"Food is there for us to eat and nourish, not to restrict, label and make us feel guilty.
A while back I wrote a blog post on Banana Girl and her radical diet which you can read here where I talk about fad diets. But this is a whole other topic...
What I have learned a lot about recently is intuitive eating and in my opinion, this is the way to go. We are each individual humans with a unique body and because of this what works for one person may not work for another. Which is why we need to STOP the dieting and cutting out and start experimenting and LISTENING to what our body has to say. We only get one chance with this body, so let's work with it and not against it just because so and so told us we can't eat that or we must do this. It is craziness!
Recently I did an experiment on myself where I ate something different each morning for breakfast and I wrote down how it made me feel straight after and then 2 hours later. From really tuning into my body during that week, I realised my body doesn't cope well with seedy bread *sad face* so I have changed to gluten free or spelt bread and my body loves it. I had never noticed this before! Some foods kept me full and others I was hungry again after an hour, so I learnt a lot about my body and digestive system during this experiment and I highly recommend you try it too.
Ask yourself do I feel bloated? Do I have diarrhoea not long after eating? Then maybe what you have just eaten isn't the best thing for your body. Start looking at food in a supportive and nourishing way, not a punishing and restrictive way. Lose the labels and start eating what makes YOUR body feel good.
"Green smoothies may work for your bestie but your body might not digest them so well.
Once you start to listen and stop ignoring your body, it will thank you for it and any weight you have to lose will come off naturally. The stress and angst that you once associated with food will drift away which will also help the weight come off. Make life easier for yourself not harder!
You know what food is good for you and what isn't, you're not stupid! So stop listening to all the contradictory messages out there and believe in what you know to be true for you and your body.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic in the comments below...do you have a food experimenting story you would love to share? Do you disagree with me? Let me know, I would love to hear from you.
Be happy & healthy,