Have you been struggling with the stress of what to eat?
Perhaps you’ve been wondering…
Can I eat more than one carb a day? (yes!)
Can I have ice cream even though I didn’t work out? (yes!)
Can I (gasp!) add sugar to my coffee? (yes!)
If you're nodding your head, you're not alone (I say as I nod my head). I've been there, done that, and have the calorie values committed to memory and old diet books to prove it.
As a nutritionist for over a decade, I know the science. And as a former pro dieter, I know all the feelings that go along with food rules.
The key to ending the food drama is to not actively change anything you're eating and instead focus on how you're feeling and consider dropping the outdated “rules” that do nothing but make us feel stress about eating and our food choices.
We need food that tastes good to you, feels good in your body, and helps fuel your day. What we don’t need are rules holding us down.
This is by no means an extensive or complete list, but it’s a great place to start.
Let’s commit to dropping these five “rules” today. Are you with me?
Carbs are “Bad”
Carbohydrates, which include whole grains, vegetables, legumes, are fuel for our brains and bodies.
Frozen Vegetables Aren’t as Healthy as Fresh
Frozen vegetables are picked at peak freshness, making them just as healthy as fresh vegetables. Plus, they can be more cost-effective and last longer.
There are “Good” Foods and “Bad” Foods
All food is neutral. This adds judgment to food which we then put onto ourselves. As Shana Minei Spence, MS, RDN, CDN, says, “All food has a place, and there’s no need to place food on a hierarchy. All foods fit.”
You Can’t Eat Past 8 pm.
Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. Mealtime looks different across cultures and lifestyles; assigning an arbitrary time does nothing but clutter the mind with rules.
Convenience Foods Aren’t Healthy
Convenience looks different for all of us. Food availability and time are also factors. Yes, too many deep-fried foods and not enough veggies can be detrimental to your health, but how can we reframe “healthy” and make the best decisions with what we have.
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Try Natreve Stress Less today and get ready to Ashwagandha and chill as you sit back and enjoy eating without the rules.