How would you describe your diet? Your eating habits? Your mindset when it comes to what you put into your mouth and how much?
5 years ago my diet was shocking. I would eat whatever I wanted (takeaway, lollies, chocolate, ice cream; you name it. Except vegetables. Not many vegetables) and I would eat them if I was bored, emotional, hating myself, kind of happy, no feelings at all, numb, depressed, angry; but not hungry. I never knew when I was actually hungry. And the amount I ate, probably enough for 2 grown men. It left me feeling disgusted in myself and sent me to the fridge for more crappy food.
Maybe your diet isn’t like this exactly. Maybe your diet is not enough food. Maybe your diet is emotionally ok but you still prefer to eat junk over nourishment. Whatever your diet is, if it doesn’t involve a rainbow of nutritious food then it would benefit to add some to your meals.
Food is more than weight loss. Food is nourishment for the trillions of cells which make up your mind and your body, it is food for the amazing little bugs living in your gut helping to keep your digestive system healthy, it is boosting your immune system so you don’t pick up every illness and disease floating around, it is vitamins and minerals which are utilised by every system in your body to keep it functioning properly, it is brain food for a super charged mind and it is energy to invigorate your whole being.
Food is life!
There are umpteen diets, meals, snacks, food lifestyles to choose from that it can get very confusing (see my article here diet vs diet and which one is best for you), but which ever one you decide to choose ensure it is packed full of nourishing foods.
If you are fasting or doing intermittent fasting, I highly recommend you make the first meal of your day the best meal of your day (this is totally true in general).
If you have done a major workout then yes, you DEFINITELY need to eat afterwards to refuel your body. Fasting may not be appropriate for you. Please always listen to your body.
So, for the sake of setting yourself up for an amazing day with food, here is what I propose.
Skip the cereal (no matter how amazing the commercial tells you it is) as this will not sustain you throughout the morning.
Choose to eat good quality protein such as eggs, legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy, non dairy milks etc as these will provide you with satiety; meaning you will be satisfied for a longer period of time.
Complex carbs such as whole-grains, fruit, vegetables and ancient grains. Plus a little bit of fat (fat will not make you fat unless you eat too much, and the wrong kind) to also help you feel satisfied.
Vitamins and minerals are other important sources in all of these foods providing essential nutrients for helping your mind and body to feel energised, happy and strong.
Lastly, make the final meal of the day as nourishing as possible but not your biggest meal of the day.
In Western society we seem to make our last meal the biggest. It should be the smallest.
Yes, you can still eat pasta for dinner but make the serving smaller than what you would usually serve yourself. Over time you will adjust to the smaller meal and feel more satisfied and less likely to run to the kitchen because you are STARVING.
Your body needs time during the night to rest and repair, not digest food.
Stop eating at least 2 hours before you go to bed to give your body time to settle and digest before it needs to go to sleep. If you are feeling stuffed while trying to sleep then this can be quite disruptive to how much rest you will eventually get.
Put a rainbow on your plate at every meal and feel the difference to how your mind and your body are behaving. I bet they feel amazing in no time.