I’ve now graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition! I’m officially a Certified Health Coach! I’ve learned so much and have a fire in my belly to help others find out how being healthy can positively impact on all areas of your life!
What is the biggest message that I took away from the course?
One person’s food is another person’s poison.
We are all unique and what works for one, may not work for another – this is the concept of bio-individuality! I studied many different dietary theories – including Veganism, Macrobiotics, Paleo, Atkins, and Traditional diets. Believe me, it’s enough to do your head in!
Soooo many conflicting pieces of advice…..
So today, I thought I would share with you my own personal philosophy on food. I think I resonate mostly with a Paleo Diet, but a little more relaxed around a few things, like dairy, so you might argue that it’s more of a Traditional Diet like that of Weston A Price.
And I put of fair amount of emphasis on vegetables, so perhaps I’m more like a vegan who eats meat…. But I don’t eat grains, so I’m also gluten-free. Oh and I’m also sugar-free…..See what I mean – super confusing!
Perhaps the best way to sum up how I chose to eat is the SLOW food philosophy.
If you can aim to eat within these categories, you will be eating for your health. Don’t worry about the stuff you can’t have, shift your focus to include as many of these types of foods as possible and “crowd out” the crap. And by crap I mean FAST food – sugary, chemical-laden, processed foods.
Don’t follow diet dogma – use your intuition to guide you to food choices that make you feel good:
- before your meal – when you purchase these products
- during your meal – they taste amazing – so fresh and so clean!
- after your meal – be mindful of your digestion and energy levels
However, good health is not just about the food you choose to eat. Another important element is HOW you eat. Being mindful and eating consciously has profound effect on your digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
So next time you think about preparing a meal, ask yourself:
How will this meal nourish me?
There will be times where you may not be eating a SLOW food, but rather, a delicious home cooked meal prepared by your mother-in-law. You will eat this meal surrounded by loved ones, sharing stories and telling lame jokes. This meal is nourishing your soul!
So don’t berate yourself if you have a meal here or there that “breaks” the SLOW food philosophy. Instead, focus on what element of nourishment that you can assimilate from the experience!
Did any of the above resonate with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!