There’s so much misguided information out there as to what we should and shouldn’t be eating. The truth is, it’s different for everyone. It takes time and experimentation to figure out what works for you. But, let’s think about common sense. What should HUMANS be eating in general? Ancestrally and scientifically speaking, humans are omnivores. We can ALL agree that everyone needs to be eating plenty of fresh vegetables (organic if possible). Don’t like ’em? Make a bad ass salad, roast them, put some butter or bacon on them, put them in a soup or stew, and quit your whining. As for meat, you don’t need a whole lot, but you do need some and it needs to come from properly raised sources.
Make it easy on yourself, eat WHOLE foods that your body can actually utilize and absorb the nutrients from, and cut out the packaged and processed junk (and no, whole grains are not whole foods). What are whole foods? Look at this nice little chart I’ve attached at the end of this paragraph and print it out. How much are you supposed to eat? Listen to your body (it’s pretty freaking smart) and figure out what spread of macronutrients works for you. Get your carbs from mostly fibrous veggies and some fruit and starchy veggies. Get your protein from grass-fed and/or organic meats and pasture raised eggs. Get your fat from meats and the rest from coconut, olive, and avocado oils and products. Eat to satiety, not until you are stuffed.
And most importantly, instead of constantly doing challenge after challenge (I’m talking Whole 30’s, sugar detoxes, juice cleanses, etc.), come up with an eating lifestyle that is sustainable for you based on nutrient dense, whole foods. If you do a Whole 30 or any elimination diet, do it the right way, follow the rules, learn what foods work for you and what foods don’t, and LEARN from it. Stop going back to your old ways and habits and gaining and losing the same pounds. There are so many “diets” out there that are overly restrictive and too extreme to make a lifestyle. Stop the dieting. Eat real food that is raised and grown properly and learn to prepare it in a pleasing way that works for you and your family. Food is medicine and everything you eat is either healing you or harming you. And if you need more guidance, get in touch with me to set up a consultation and we can come up with a plan.