- Posted by Lisa McDonald
- On September 8, 2015
- 2 Comments
Intuitive eating makes sense because not only are we all different from each other in our dietary needs, but our own dietary needs constantly shift. They are constantly in flux because life is in flux! Some of the ever shifting, contributing factors are our age, our activity level, stress level, hormones, the different seasons, etc.
We need to trust ourselves to shift and modify with the movement of our life.
Additionally, the more we study nutrition, the more we begin to understand that much of what we hold as gospel is actually theory….and, theories that often get proven wrong. If you read rave reviews of a particular theory, cleanse or plan and yet intuitively it doesn’t seem to do you good, TRUST that.
A good example is the no-fat, low-fat disaster. This was one of the worst mistakes in the history of nutrition that sadly contributed greatly to the rapid increase of obesity in our country along with a general decline in health. To make up for the lack of taste in everything once the fat was taken out…guess what was added? You guessed it! Sugar.
Additionally, as we’ve talked about previously, fat is a large component in allowing our body to feel truly satisfied after a meal—not to mention critical for our emotional well-being, hormone balance, and healthy skin and hair. With this piece missing, the body usually wants to eat again sooner. The body is wise enough to want the whole food—it will compel you to keep eating until it gets that “missing” piece.
Another tactic that is now passé (thank goodness!) is counting and tracking calories. We now know that it’s not the amount of calories (although overeating anything is never good)…but it’s the effect the particular calories have on the body. For example, in choosing for a specific caloric allotment, we could find something to deeply nourish and sustain our bodies, or for the same amount of calories, we could choose something that wreaks havoc on our bodies.
Focusing on nourishing our beautiful bodies with the real, whole, nutrient dense foods we love is key. It’s high time we stopped counting and started nourishing instead!
Remember, Michael Pollan famously reminded us…”There’s no such thing as junk food. There’s junk and there’s food. Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.”
Remember, too, dear one, that junk foods cause junk moods.
Our food supply has changed more in the last 100 years, than it has in the last 10,000 years. An estimated 80% of our food supply didn’t exist 100 years ago. Our ancestors didn’t deal with many of the modern diseases and decreased quality of life (root canals, food allergies, infertility) that we are faced with today. In our great grandparents’ lives, there was no processed and refined flour, refined sugar, industrial oils, factory-farmed animals, or GMOs. Pretty crazy, right?
We’ll talk more in the coming weeks about the most nourishing foods to have as part of our repertoire. Let’s pick and choose the ones among them that we love…because, remember, there are plenty of nourishing whole foods, let’s not waste our time on the ones that don’t bring us pleasure.
In the meantime, let’s make sure we have plenty of nourishing fats in our diet. It’s a hard mindset to let go of because we’ve been brainwashed for so long to think we need non-fat and low-fat to be lean, but it is actually the opposite.
You need fat to be lean. Good fat.
What are some of the best sources of good, healthy fats?
All kinds of nuts and seeds
Good quality olive oil, coconut oil, ghee
Full fat fermented dairy (yogurt and kefirs…ideally organic and/or grass-fed)
Raw cheeses (once again, grass fed is best as it’s full of the beneficial fats, and being raw contains many of the beneficial live enzymes and probiotics)
It seems strange to me that in this country we need to label meat or dairy as “grass fed.” This is the natural order and state of things…how things evolved…what animals instinctively need and eat to be healthy. Yet, we don’t find the need to label the meat and dairy products that come from animals confined to feedlots and factory farms overcrowded and forced to eat grains which is not a natural selection for them which often causes disease which leads to antibiotic use….and well, from there, it’s a vicious cycle.
Additionally, sadly, many of these animals are treated inhumanely. Not only is the nutritional make-up and quality of these meat and dairy products completely different because of what they are fed, there is also an emergent field called the “energetics of food” which maintains that we are affected by that negative energy should we choose to eat it.
Theory or not, extreme or not, as some people may view that…it makes sense to me. I don’t want to support that practice and don’t want to choose to put that in my body.
So…let’s enjoy exploring some of these nourishing fats…with fall and winter coming we may naturally find our body starts to crave more of these warming, nourishing foods. They will give us a grounded and satisfied energy as well.
Next time, we’ll talk about outdated exercise advice and what the latest research is showing…you will love what you hear! Until then, take a deep breath dear one, and enjoy and savor that whole milk latte!