Food is Medicine: The Diet You NEED Now
Is there a golden ticket to eating right, a particular book, or crash diet? I’ve talked with wellness experts, nutritionists, doctors and we all have landed on the same conclusion. Everyone wants instant gratification; a one-step fix that would be easy and achievable with minimal effort. That “answer-in-a-box” diet advice that would help prevent mid-day crashes, or promise that they will be able to kick the ever growing coffee addiction while trying the paleo diet.
Here is what my journey has taught me: there is no one size fits all when it comes to diet. Each body is completely unique in chemical makeup, needs, metabolic rates, and if you follow Ayurveda… we are made up of completely different elements. No one will ever be able to guide you towards the perfect meal plan; the only thing you can do is listen to your body and what it is trying to tell you.
So, my advice for navigating the endless crash diets and food plans? Moderation in everything.
Everything we put into our bodies will be reflected on the outside. If we feed ourselves light, water-dense, fresh foods, our bodies internal make up will reflect that. The more we feed ourselves what makes us feel good, the more our thoughts will reflect the healthy change. Our bodies are extremely intricate and interconnected: what goes into your vessel will directly affect how you think and how good you feel. The science behind the interconnectivity between food and thoughts says that food manifests itself as physical feelings 15 seconds after it enters your body.
When I started facing insane pain in my writs from overuse and chronic inflammation a year ago, I sought the advice of KORE MOVEMENT’s advising doctor whose clinical practice includes comprehensive musculoskeletal and neurologic rehabilitation medicine. The solution married the western approach to medicine with a holistic approach perfectly and it advised me to cut back on things that could be harming my body, not cut out. From this idea of moderation, I began to see tremendous results. Instead of forcing myself to eliminate gluten and sugar, I just cut back where I could. This allowed me to start forming lifelong habits as well as change my palate for sustained results. By just changing little things and being more intentional about the foods I put into my body I noticed not only an increase in energy but also the elimination of mid-day crashes. I also found that cutting back on processed sugars made natural sugars, like fruit, more appealing! I still eat all these items and have not “eliminated” anything—I just to choose the gluten free option when I can, grab fruit instead of a packaged snack, and try and listen to my body’s needs.
Yoga was a key part in my transition to eating more mindfully—yoga trains your mind and pushes you to go past what you thought you were capable of. Stepping on my mat each day reminds me of the sacred body in which I am housed and inspires me to keep feeding my body what it needs. Yoga allowed me to transcend barriers and gave me determination to put my health before my dependence on gluten, processed sugars, and wheat. I feel SO good in my skin and the inflammation based pain is gone… and I am never going back!
Want to try swapping some of your unhealthy food obsessions for something a little better? Try my favorite oatmeal recipe!
I start my day by adding raw steel cut oats (or raw rolled oats) with water over the stove. When I get the oats to the consistency I want, I top it with: kosher salt, raw nuts, fruits that are in season, and coconut shreds! If I want a little extra protein or healthy fats, I add a spoon full of almond butter (not peanut butter which aggregates inflammation). This nutrient dense breakfast keeps me full until lunch, doesn’t give me a mid-morning crash… and it’s so good! (Say goodbye to pre-packaged oatmeal!)
Feeling GOOD will always outweigh sacrificing health. How will you take steps to eating more intentionally today?