I am not, nor do I ever want to be the Food Police! When people look at me, I don’t want them to see a big flashing light over my head saying “only talk fitness & nutrition & health with me.” I have a life outside of my business – and yes, I do let them blur quite often – but that’s not to say that I will EVER judge or police your food decisions on a whim or out of context.
Seriously, what you choose to eat is not something I care about on a minute by minute or day by day basis. I don’t need to see the inside of your refrigerator or pantry and I don’t want to hear what you order in restaurants. You’re a grown-up! Sweet, huh? You’re qualified to make your own decision, no matter how they may or may not impact your health, and I for one am not going to go into your life and police it!
Now, that’s not to say that if you want to make a lifestyle change towards eating more nutritionally dense and wellness-leaning foods that I won’t be there by your side — because that’s exactly where I want to be! Invite me in — and we’ll get you to the point where you feel confident in making nutritionally sound food and meal choices while not making it feel like you’re depriving or policing yourself. And, while there are some really cool things that you can eat and drink that can do “good things” for your body, there is not going to be a point in time where I grab whatever is in your hand, or on your plate, and deprive you of it.
Instead of thinking of food as something that needs policing, think of it as fuel for the amazing machine which is your body.
Continue reading if you’re interested in ways to augment your food knowledge!
- Read labels. Everything in your food labels should be understood. If there is an ingredient on an item in your pantry, educate yourself on what it is, where it came from and why it’s in your food. Once you know, then you can decide if it’s the right product for you/your family.
- Understand supplements. I talk a lot about Shakeology because it’s a supplement that I can recommend with confidence. Feeling good and comfortable with this product was a requirement for me before becoming a Beachbody coach. But it might not be right for you – do your own research. Are you lacking in certain nutrients? vitamins? fiber? protein? fats? Supplements most often come in powders and pills and can be used for a lot of different things — way more than just curbing appetites.
- Grains and Beans. Go to the bulk foods section of your local natural/organic food store and pick out a few new ones to try. The nutritional profiles of these often overlooked products are absolutely astounding!
- Replace your beverages with good ol’ H2O! Yup, water is really the supreme beverage! Our bodies are made up of oodles of it and it’s part of just about every process we undertake. In our caffeine and fizzy drink laden society, most of us are living in a state of constant dehydration. You might not think you’re dehydrated but if you’re not adding at least 64 ounces of water to your body everyday, you could drastically improve your complexion, appetite, bowels and more! Spruce up your water with infusions — berries, citrus, ginger and mint come to mind for fun infusion!
- Join a CSA! This is a great way to get started learning about new, and seasonally appropriate produce. Most CSAs deliver a box of fresh produce to “your location” once a week. Depending on your CSA, the produce can be from one or more local farms. Not only are you supporting the local economy, you are getting the freshest produce to experiment with tasty new foods.
Food is a staple of our lives
All I ask of you is to make the best decisions you can for yourself when you have the opportunity to make them. If you want to learn more about a different food lifestyle, learn. If you want to experiment with an ingredient, buy it and see what you can do with it.