Today’s food for thought is on food and diets.
“This is THE diet – I promise it works for everyone.”
Ever hear that one? Or maybe you’ve heard “the one” described as “the perfect diet”.
Well, this post is going to be good, really, really good — we’re going to talk about the perfect diet, the one that will change everything, that will align the moon and stars and make your hair curly (if you want curly hair, that is).
Drum roll, please. The perfect diet is:
Yes, that’s right. There is no “perfect diet,” no one-size-fits-all way to eat (or live, for that matter).
Instead, what if we tried listening to our own body and finding what foods work for each of us?
Let’s consider bio-individuality: we’re all individuals and may have different needs. Some people feel great on a vegan diet while others thrive on a Paleo approach. Others may feel well on a vegetarian diet while a gluten-free approach may work well for another group. And there are many, many more dietary theories and approaches out there.
Also, consider our nutritional needs will vary across our lifetime and even throughout the year (ever wonder why hot soup might sound better in the fall and winter than the summer?). There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach.
Sure, there are a few general items that work well across the board:
-Eat real food (go for stuff your grandparents would look at and know what it is)
-Drink more water
And then: consider what works for you.
Any foods you feel really, really good after eating? I’m talking the contented, satisfied, digestive system flowing regularly type of good, not the “this is so amazing!!!” high in the moment that leads to a crash complete with irritability, crankiness, brain fog, hangover, and/or digestive issues (think bloat/gas/constipation/diarrhea).
What feels good to you?
And if we’re wanting to teach our teens about health food and drink? Consider the impact if we modeled listening to our own bodies (and feeding ourselves accordingly), and then allowed space for our teens to give it a try, too.