Stop worrying about food and start living
As a whole food nutritionist I firmly believe there is far too much chatter in the world about all the things we should be avoiding in our diets. In clinic I see the panic and fear my clients experience when they speak about food and it concerns me.
The guilt they feel if they “treat themselves” with the odd (or sometimes frequent) “naughty”.
The worry they feel when the read something they thought was healthy is actually bad for them.
Now is the time to stop worrying about food and find enjoyment in eating.
Finding the correct way of eating is a hugely individual thing – what may be good for your bestie may not be right for you. And that is ok – we are not all built the same.
I often say that I have to “talk clients off the panic ledge” when they start in my clinic – “stop worrying” I tell them, “everything will make sense and your plate will be delicious, nutritious and will make you happy.”
This fear that is experienced by men and women alike is a very real thing. From eating disorders and body dysmorphia at one end of the scale to strict food philosophy followers at the other and everyone else in between. Restricting your diet too much can be a massive cause of stress, not to mention nutritional deficiency as well. Eliminating anxiety about food will help you feel better about yourself, your body and the weekly trip to the supermarket.
It would be hypocritical of me to not confess that I do give guidelines for eating in my naturopathic clinic. My clients come armed with lists of questions about all sorts of things and I try my best to answer them with as much clarity, common sense and evidence based knowledge as possible. The most important guideline is encouraging my clients to eat with joy.
But what does eating with joy actually mean?
It means to stop listening to all the external noise and start to listen to your body: how do different foods affect your mood, digestion, hormones or energy levels. Why are you craving certain foods? Why do you instinctively avoid others? Feeling comfortable with what’s in your fridge is the first step in learning how to eat with joy and stop worrying about food.
Think about what to include not exclude:
By it’s very nature a restrictive diet is all about eliminating things – I would love everyone to feel overwhelmed by how much they can include in their diets, not what they’re cutting out.
Don’t get me wrong, I do try and eliminate things from people’s diets, it is a major part of my job to address my clients’ nutrition. I urge for people to eliminate processed junk from their lives and eat the whole food way. Less preservatives, less added sugars, less added sodium, less processed food.
So what is left once you cut the crap from your supermarket trolley? An abundance of wonderful, tasty, fresh, crunchy, flavourful, nutritious items that nourish your body and soul.
I am passionate about helping people eat a whole food diet filled with a healthy balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates. I firmly believe that by massively reducing the amount of processed food from your diets you can achieve all the wellness goals you desire.
So stop worrying about food and start eating with joy.
If you want to discuss how naturopathy and nutrition can transform your health make an appointment today. It’s never too late to change.