I often get asked what I eat. “What are you? A vegan? Vegetarian? Paleo?” Nope. I guess I’d say I’m just a “happy eater.” I’m guilty of asking others the same question. I love food, talking about food, and learning how food fuels our bodies. We’re in an exciting time of food-information and it’s all so interesting. While it’s fascinating to read up on the latest in food news, it’s important to keep in mind that each and every one of us is so vastly different that food effects us differently. We all live different lives, have different genetics, goals, cravings, and routines. What works for you may not work for me and vice versa. Hence why my number one ‘food rule’ is that there are no rules. Yup, I’m a free woman and here’s why.
I’ve gone from plant-based to lots of high-quality protein, from green smoothies to juice cleanses, carb-free to carb-lover and everything in between. Heck, we all thought that ‘low-fat’ food and a diet coke was the key to happiness in the 90’s. Jenny Craig and Lean Cuisine had their time to shine when America discovered our lack of ability to portion control. Paleo’s in, vegan’s out. Or is it the other way around? Juice cleansing detoxes, but are smoothies better? How do we know what rules to stick to and what rules to rule out?!
What if there were no rules? No labels? If there are no rules, there’s no restriction. There’s no bad vs. good. There’s only food and how it makes us feel individually. Here‘s a great video thanks to MindBodyGreen illustrating three renowned doctors and their various perspectives on food. Like anything else in life, everyone’s got an opinion.
The only universal
rule opinion is avoiding processed food (it’s just not food.) In ditching the labels, lets ditch the labels. If you have to read a list of ingredients, proceed with caution. Other than that, it’s really very simple. Eat fresh and local. Eat whole foods. Listen to your body. Eat to support your life. Enjoy each bite. And don’t eat too much. Get enough sleep. And smile a lot. Those are the only ‘diet rules’ this chick’s sticking to. As for you, you don’t need to agree with me on anything I say. Just do what’s right for you. Eat what makes you feel good, energized, strong, healthy, and…happy.
One Healthy Breakdown: I don’t know about you, but for me, ditching the labels is foodie freedom!