Since I became a health coach, the single-most common question I get is "What should I eat?"
As if there were a simple pat answer to that question.
Truth is there isn't a right answer to that question.
However, if there were a good way to answer that question, it would be:
Everything that passes your lips should be nutrient dense.
What does that even mean?
Well, it means that every time you decide to eat something, you should ask yourself two things:
Now, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I seriously doubt most people even ask themselves anything at all about what they eat, and therein is the problem. Most decisions regarding what to eat are typically made based on impulse (no thought) or emotion, with no conscious bearing on how it will benefit us in the long term.
You know, like "Hmmm...what do I feel like eating right now."
When it comes to making a decision regarding just about anything, we will always consider the long term benefit. But when it comes to deciding what to eat, we do just the opposite, when this decision is the most important decision you get to make every single day.
Because what you eat lays the foundation for your health. Consider each thing you eat like a masonry brick, laying a foundation, brick by brick (and bite by bite).
You wouldn't want to build a foundation based on air balloons, now would you? Because that's essentially what you're doing when you decide to eat food that has no nutritional value: it's like eating an air balloon.
So, as long as you are mindlessly eating a regular diet of crappy, nutritionally void food you will feel crappy too, because you're not giving your body anything of nutritional value to work with. You're giving your body air balloons.
But, when we use food—especially nutritionally empty food--to make up for the lack of these elements, our health suffers the consequences. We're not "building health" with nutritionally empty food, we're breaking it down.
All the food in the world won’t satisfy you if the other areas in your life are empty.
The takeaway here is this: if you want to eat better, then make better choices every time you eat. There’s a saying, “Garbage in, Garbage out”. In other words, if you eat garbage...your going to end up feeling like garbage.
So...are you an emotional eater? Do you turn to eating junk when you are anxious, lonely, bored or stressed? If so, tell me about it in the comments below - I'd love to hear your story.
Blessings and best of health,