When I made the decision to change the way I ate for weight loss and dietary purposes, I didn’t think I would learn so much. Since I officially began on January 1st, I lost a total of 30 pounds. I no longer have any digestion issues as well. But the real reward is learning what works and what doesn’t for me. Whole foods played an important role in that.
I started on the keto diet which I did for 3 months. The keto diet is a great way to both educate yourself about food and switch your body into fat burning mode. Then I began eating more paleo, which still influences the way I cook now. But the further I went into each diet, I realized that it wasn’t as sustainable as I would like. I would often hear followers talking about “cheat days” or having split decision on what was paleo or not. Looking back, the greatest lesson I could learn was seeking the information and making a choice for myself.
What I learnt along the way
What I did learn from the both diet was the nutrition makeup of each food we ate. Especially the ones that were refined and processed. I quickly realized that knowing the nutrition of the food we ate as well as the serving sizes was the easier way for e to know what to eat and how much of it to have at a time. The most important thing I learnt was that when you choose ingredients that are fresh, it nourishes your body and improves your overall health. And that’s when I decided to cook with real foods and practice intuitive eating.
Understanding intuitive eating and whole foods
Intuitive eating is trusting (or learning to trust) your own instinct about eating. You learn how to be in attuned to your body’s natural hunger signals rather than dieting to attain a healthy weight. You’re taught to see food as just food, not as good or bad and develop a healthy relationship with it than fear any specific food.
I think intuitive eating is a great way to learn about your body, when it’s truly hungry or just cravings. I don’t believe that you should deprive yourself of any food. I looking for healthier version of the food I love as well as enjoy regular version in moderation. Let’s face it, people who are dieting have “cheat days” anyway while still losing weight then what’s the point of dieting anyway? Why not make healthy eating a lifestyle starting with the ingredients?
Choose fresh ingredients from real natural food sources
When I learnt about whole foods, the simple premise was cooking with real food. It’s about eating delicious food while maximizing your nutrient intake from natural food sources rather than refined processed foods. I loved the idea so much because you’re cooking the food you love with better ingredients with the health benefits.
I finally found a way to improve my weight, digestion and overall health. I cook now with food from natural sources. Eat a well balanced diet from ALL food groups, none is off limits including vegetables, legumes, fruit, (whole) grains, protein, healthy oils and dairy. It’s a better more sustainable way of living. You buy food with simple ingredients, nothing added, reducing your sugar and carbohydrate intake and increase your nutrients.
Changing my eating habits was the best thing I could do for myself. I’ve learnt so much and continue to educate myself and those around me as much as I can. The best advice I could give to you is before you commit to any diet or make changes, educate yourself. Education is the best tool we can use to grow. Once you’ve seen for yourself, you will have a clear idea of what will works for you. Make healthy eating a lifestyle and it won’t seem so daunting but a way of life.