My Food Philosophy
There’s a lot of different views on food out there. Here’s mine!
- Drink lots of water. Sounds easy, but it’s harder to actually do. Some people don’t like water, others just don’t get thirsty a lot. But you need water you live. Like… a lot of it. So drink up! I try to get in about 128oz per day (that means I have to refill my water bottle four times a day).
- Eat when you’re hungry. I eat a lot. I usually have breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack (or two), dinner, and then one or two snacks before bedtime. The trick is to eat small amounts often. Also, make sure you’re choosing healthy snacks with protein and fiber – not sugary snacks that are just going to put you in a slump.
- Choose a plant-based diet. I’ve tried the whole vegetarian thing, but I found myself craving meat way too often. I wanted to listen to what my body was telling me, so I decided that the best thing for me is to eat a diet consisting mostly of vegetables, fruits, and grains, and supplement with small amounts of meat. This works for me!
- Listen to your body. Going along with number #3, just because you want to make a certain choice doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for your body. Sure, your tastebuds may say that some Chinese takeout sounds gooood. But what does your body think? Let’s be honest here… I bet that afterwards you’d be bloated and constipated. So listen to what your body is telling you – limit your intake of foods that make you feel “eh” and give it the foods it wants (like protein, fiber, and iron).
- Eat nutrient-rich, whole foods. More and more I’ve been realizing how much my body responds positively to whole foods. I eat tons of legumes, grains, fruits, and veggies that haven’t been super-processed and my body loves it. I don’t agree with feeding yourself diet foods, protein bars, weight-loss shakes. Of course there’s going to be the occasional gummy worm or two (or five), but make sure to practice moderation especially with foods that have unrecognizable ingredients lists!
(DISCLAIMER: I’m not a medical professional. Everything here is my opinion. Please talk to your doctor before implementing drastic changes in your diet or fitness regimen.)