What does healthy really mean? (Part 3 - Food)

Let's start with the definition of 'diet. I mean of course diet in the true meaning of the word, i.e. what you eat in general. Not 'I am on a diet'. (and let's not focus on the one bad meal out or 'grab and go' snack here, consider what you eat 90% of the time). One bad day won't make you unhealthy any more than one good day will make you healthy!

There are hundreds of different dietary theories out there today and to be honest - most of them work - for some people, just not everyone! What we need to nourish ourselves individually can be as different from one person to the next as the difference in any other aspect of our lives; our size, shape, colour, gender, name, hair style etc. If you only take away one thing from this post, it should be... we are ALL different and what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for the next. 

However, there are some basic rules that none of the 'experts' seem to disagree on;

  • drink more water
  • eat more greens
  • stay away from processed food - if it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don't!
  • eat smaller portions
  • if you can't pronounce something - you probably don't want to eat it! The longer the shelf life, the shorter yours. 
  • Don't eat on the go; sit down, turn off distractions and eat slowly - you'll fill up more quickly
  • Chew, chew again and keep chewing - the more liquid like your food becomes before you swallow it, the less your digestive system has to work. Less bloating, less hunger and guess what - you even get to taste it!
But most of all; even though food should be seen as fuel for our lives, there's no reason not to enjoy it, it's what gives us life and keeps us healthy!

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" - Hypocrates

This is Part 5 of a 5 part series covering the five key aspects that make us 'wholly' Healthy; SpiritualityRelationshipsFoodExercise and Career. They all work symbiotically but do you look after yours and how would YOU prioritise the list?

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