This week I was having a conversation with my Mom. We were talking about extremes in health and diet. Growing up in a very health aware family I was exposed to many ideas on health and sometimes opposing views on proper nutrition. I am fully convinced that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to health. Our bodies, while sharing many similarities are not identical. Everyone has a different makeup and body chemistry.
No, One Size Fits All
Not everything that works for one person will work or is suited for everyone. I personally have struggled with depression and was advised to use St. John’s Wort, which has helped many with depression; however I cannot take it for that issue. You may ask why someone who so strongly promotes herbs and teas would admit that they do not always work the same for everyone, but I think it is important to make sure that we are fully informed about how natural medicine works.
Treat your natural medicine as just that medicine. If you experience a negative reaction to natural form of treatment stop using it and contact your doctor or health care provider. Don’t think that your doctor will not work with you either. Many doctors understand that people seeking to use alternative health methods. Often your doctor can offer you advice on using natural remedies or point you in the right direction.
Don’t get locked in Fad Diets
If you find that a particular diet is not working for you examine how you feel and make adjustments to your diet. Do not lock yourself into a diet, a lifestyle or health mentality that keeps you from staying open and discovering your true health needs. You are unique and there is no one person just like you on this planet. Enjoy that thought and then find the joy and freedom of embracing a health plan that is right for your body. Your body will tell you when you are healthy or when you are ill. Trust it.
You may have heard the term “clean eating” and like me wondered what it meant. Clean eating really is healthy eating and many of you may already practice clean eating and not know it. If you are new to clean eating this post may be helpful to give you a few way to get started.
Water is in my opinion one of the biggest items in clean eating. No matter how much healthy food you eat it all becomes waste at some point and needs to be flushed from your body. Without enough water in your body toxic waste cannot be removed from the bowels and urine. Instead the body will look for other ways to remove these impurities. Most of the time this becomes evident in skin outbreaks on the face. If you are lost about where to start with clean eating I recommend starting first with your water intake. Not only will if flush your body, but water helps to make your body ready to take in the nutrient rich foods that you are now adding to your lifestyle.
Swapping Poor Options for Quality
Clean eating is about replacing processed foods with whole foods, more fruits, vegetables and cutting out excessive refined sugars in your diet. Clean eating really should not be thought of as a diet but instead as a lifestyle. Personally I feel that approaching personal health from a lifestyle point of view helps me to stay on track better than a diet. The word diet has been connected so much to the stress of weight loss, that I think at times just the word sets people in the wrong mind frame for success.
Cutting back on meat and replacing it with other protein options is another way to bring clean eating options into your meals. Processed meats and animal products with growth hormones should be cut back and or eliminated from your eating habits as well. Also not eating as much meat means that you are cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions and lowering your carbon footprint by selecting alternative protein rich foods.
Start off Small
One mistake I have personally found that people make when seeking a healthy lifestyle is that they try to do too much at one time. If you already eat relatively healthy but want to improve try cutting back on a few items here and there. If you are fully brand new start out by drinking more water and adding an extra serving of fresh fruits and vegetables to your meals.
To find out more about cleaning eating check out cleaneating.com They have a tone of really great recipes that range from beginner to experienced cooks.