You know what I’ve learned about dietary advice throughout my years of experience in the health industry – that no one should be giving any kind of nutritional advice from anyone over the internet. That being said, here’s some advice.
Nutrition itself is a can of worms and this is simply because we are all so different, not just biologically, but we all have different requirements.
If you are thinking about making more conscious choices regarding your eating habits I would invite you to consider this notion of requirement; recognise that if you have an awareness of the demands of the environment your body needs to meet on a daily basis – you might just find yourself having more consistency in your energy, emotions, cognition and that’s not to mention improvements in body composition that comes with this lifestyle practice.
Now, if you’re an individual who partakes in any kind of physical activity on a regular basis including sports like football or tennis, it would be wise to consider your energy requirements for that given activity. Remember this doesn’t even have to be limited to the concept of planned exercise. For example, consider your occupation – I mean would you expect the food choices of a labourer and a receptionist to be the same? I fervently believe the first steps towards better food choices starts by recognising what our physical and mental energy demands are every single day.
So what about the things we can’t control, I mean I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of hidden resentment towards our work colleagues who can eat there fair share of bread, crisps and sweets and still appear skinnier than a lot of us would like to admit – I mean how do they get away with it.
I’d like you to consider the idea that food is medicine, and like all medication, the adverse side effects can differ in severity from person to person. Now it might appear to us that Erica can gorge on whatever she likes and still comfortably fit into a size 8 – but how are these choices making her feel. Food choices can have a cascade of effects from the minor flushes in our skin to the onset of headaches and even pain. What about what’s happening on the inside such as the bloating in the stomach, constipation, heartburn or the classic explosive diarrhoea. I mean, I’m sure your skinny friends aren’t keen on disclosing these symptoms.
Moving on, how is this now affecting our emotions? Are we quick to anger as a result of intestinal distress, perhaps we notice behaving more socially withdrawn and our energy plummeting throughout the day. In short, you never really know what areas of human function food choices can show up in and have an effect – maybe even now you’re starting to pinpoint your fatigue, lack of social interaction and clear thinking with a specific food group.
If you believe in the theory of evolution (and i really hope you do), I’d like to invite you to consider a concept known as metabolic typing. You see your genetics – your biology is predisposed to run in accordance with certain food groups – for now let’s simplify them to animal and plant based foods. This theory looks at our ancestors and the only foods available to them in order to survive in their parituclar climate on the globe. For example, my fathers ancestory indicates that his hertiage stems from the northern hemisphere, this tell me his biology favours animal based foods, because ice and snow would leave very little or no resources of plant material needed to ensure survival. Protein sources such as fish, meat and fat would have been critical – it’s in his very bones and as a subsequent my DNA.
Just to bring you full circle, my mothers family originated near the equator; exposed to high temperatures this allowed her ancestors to flourish on grain and primarily plant based foods, as such I’ve concluded a mixed affinity towards both animal and plant based sources.
If I can encourage you to explore an idea in this dialogue, it would be to become more sensitive to how certain foods make us react internally. And If you don’t know, I would encourage you to explore different food sources and making internal observations about how they’re making you feel. You might suddenly feel a rush of energy after a good bit of red meat, or the sandwich you ate might make you feel bloated and lethargic – was it the bread or the cheese?
Through process of elimination of foods you’re already eating, many people have found success throughout daily life including reducing susceptibility to illness, increased energy and strength. So, what happens to my body if I eliminate gluten or I get rid of dairy, or perhaps I’ll introduce a little bit more fat and some more protein into my diet. You see this is the best bit about a food experiment, because not only do you get to eat a lot of different food – but you can start to slowly recognise them for what they really are and how they make your feel.
If I have a bacon and brie sandwich for lunch, I’ll fight anyone who says it’s unhealthy and it will make be bloated – I’m eating for pleasure here! Then again, most days I like fish, like salmon. Rich protein and healthy fats, I mean what a powerful creature! Most days I’d rather be a salmon than a bacon sandwich, because I’m headed upstream, jumping about, dodging bears.
I mean you are what you eat right?