WHERE DO WE START?
Updated: Oct 18, 2022
Life is overwhelming in so many ways. How to be healthy shouldn’t be a cause of stress, but it's easy to get lost in all that the internet (and social media) has to offer. Obviously, it's a blessing and a curse to have unlimited free information available at the movement of a finger, 24/7.
One of the reason’s I decided to be a health coach is help others find their wellness journey way. When I needed to tighten up the ole’ health belt, so to speak, I didn’t know which way was up. Vegan, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, Pegan, Paleo, Carnivore, Animal-based…so many options, and that’s not all of them by a long-shot. The thing is, all of the eating options have similarities, depending on how strict you would like to be – all have their positives and challenges. Outside of the basic nutritional aspects, you have to take into account your bank account, dictating morals, work schedule, living situation (alone/family/partner) and other lifestyle factors that make it easier or harder to stick with a diet.
I try to be a positive person, so I’d rather suggest doing a good practice rather than harping on removing something. Most people aren’t as excited to give up a special treat as they are to add more healthy (fill in the blank.) But in this situation, the similarities between the aforementioned options are the lack of fast food, processed/ultra-processed food, soda/pop, candy, etc. You know the list -super tasty, may or may not make you feel bad when you eat too much of it. Fair food. Late night food. Nothing tastes better at 3 in the morning! But you already know that you should avoid those foods (and why are you up at 3am?!)
Start with whole, real foods. The less ingredients on the package, the better. (If there are 10 ingredients, could you eat them all individually? Words you can pronounce?) Small, manageable goals to filter out the bad and replace with the good is a solid first step.
We’ll get into the nitty gritty of the diets and specifics to different foods and food groups, and discuss protein/carbs/starch/sugar/fruit/veggies/fats, etc in good time. But for now, try making your food choices as natural as possible.
If you’re thinking…I knew that, Ben! Why am I reading this? Well, great job! Keep it up! Stick with me, and I'll do my best to share something you didn’t know.
You can do this! There is no better time than the present.
This does not constitute medical advice. Any nutrition or lifestyle changes should be discussed with your medical team. Please review the disclaimer page.