I was at an event the other day with a wonderful group of independent business women, each with their ow n skills, their varying careers, their individual personalities and their diverse ideas of how to build their businesses. The thing that struck me was that even with all their differences, there was one thing they all had in common. It seems that the entire room were confused about what is considered healthy food to eat and what foods they ‘should’ be avoiding. This confusion is not new and I’m sure as you read this, you too may have some confusion about what is right and what is wrong when it comes to nutrition.
The thing that many people don’t realise is that there isn’t a one right way to eat healthily. There isn’t one right way to eat and one wrong way to eat. One persons poison is another persons medicine. If your friend stays well clear of dairy and only eats red meat once in a blue moon, that doesn’t mean you are doing something wrong by consuming cows milk by the litre and never having a meal without an animal on your plate. The important thing to be aware of is we are all made differently. Our bodies react differently to foods and its about tuning in to that awareness.
If there is no apparent reason for you to give up on foods that you truly enjoy and your body isn’t screaming out to you to stop eating it, then why give it up? There has to be a really good reason to deny ourselves what gives us pleasure.
Our health is a really good reason. We only get one body in this lifetime, we might as well treat it with the respect it deserves after all it does for us. It is simply asking to be fed correctly so it can do its job properly. If our bodies show us through bloating, becoming constipated, producing loose stools, giving our skin a layer of itchy red raised lesions and taking our energy away leaving us feeling listless and floppy then why ignore its message?
Look into the foods you eat, find patterns in your mood swings and energy levels and adapt accordingly. Be your own food detective and focus on the bio-individual nature of yourself. The uniqueness that you hold is different to the next person.
But lets not ignore the power of our intuition. When you read about how red meat holds the same cancer risk as alcohol, cigarettes and asbestos, ask yourself – does that ring true to you? Does that warning ask you to listen and stay away from red meat or does it make you laugh and read on to the next article?
If you do eat animal produce, all I would add here is that it is super important to source the best you can find. That way when you do eat another life, you are reducing the risk of also eating all of its trauma, its medication, its antibiotics and so on. Eat with awareness and not ignorance.
This recent article in The Guardian triggered this debate amongst the ladies in my group. Take a read and ask yourself – what is your body telling you?