How to Eat a Healthy Diet

Prior to starting my healthy lifestyle journey and overcoming my anxiety and health issues through nutrition and exercise, I had no clue how to eat a healthy diet.  I grew up in a very processed food environment, and nutrition was not a priority in my family at all.  When I was a kid, our guideline of how to eat a healthy diet was the food pyramid, which we now know is a horrible way to eat.  I feel very grateful to have acquired a lot of knowledge about nutrition and how powerful it is for your body, and I’m so glad to pass along my knowledge to you so that your life can be improved too.

How to Eat a Healthy Diet Requires a Change of Thinking

When it comes to how to eat a healthy diet, many people approach the topic the wrong way.  Many people start with self-defeating assumptions that prevent their getting started eating healthy in the first place.  Such as:

  • Self-defeating assumption example #1: Eating healthy is too expensive
  • Self-defeating assumption example #2: I just need to eat less
  • Self-defeating assumption example #3: I will always be overweight, so what’s the point?
  • Self-defeating assumption example #4: I don’t like [insert food or food group here]
  • The list could go on and on. You get the idea.

It’s important to understand that any self-defeating assumption you have about how to eat a healthy diet is just that.  Humans have eaten healthy for thousands of years (until the last 50 or so), and you are no different.  So clear your mind of these assumptions because the fact is that you can learn how to eat a healthy diet and implement it, regardless of your past or current circumstances.  You’ve got this, I promise.

Tips on How to Eat a Healthy Diet Permanently

I cannot possibly explain how to eat a healthy diet in a short blog article, and the fact of the matter is that how to eat a healthy diet varies depending on who you talk to.  There’s a lot about food that we don’t yet know and that is still being discovered.  However, there are some fundamental principles that most experts agree upon.

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Opinions vary on how to eat a healthy diet

Tip #1: Water.  It may seem crazy that my first tip on how to eat a healthy diet is not about eating at all.  It’s a fact that your body is made up of about 60% water.  Water is responsible for so many processes in the body, and most people don’t get enough of it.  So without sufficient water, you will not reap the benefits of a healthy diet. My 3 top water tips are:

  • Drink only filtered water (not tap or bottled).
  • Keep a bottle with you at all times, and sip throughout the day.
  • Start drinking as soon as possible when you wake up.  I keep a bottle in the bathroom and take a few gulps immediately after brushing my teeth.

Tip #2: Eat much of your food raw. I’m not going to get into the science or debate about whether eating food raw or cooked is better.  However, most experts would agree that eating tons of raw vegetables, fruits, and nuts/seeds is a good thing, and to me it’s easy and convenient.  Here’s what I mean:

Tip #3: Less animal products and higher quality. Most experts agree that eating less animal products is a good thing and when eating animal products, choose the highest quality possible.  Even Paleo peeps agree that when choosing animal products, free range, organic, grassfed, ocean caught, non-GMO, and all that jazz is better. So what do you eat more of when you eat less animal products? Vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, and superfoods.

Tip #4: The “no” list.  When eating a healthy diet, there are certain items you should avoid 100% of the time.  Ones that come to mind are: hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and preservatives.  Note: This will rule out a lot of processed foods and restaurant foods.

Tip #5: Good fats do not make you fat.  I still talk to people all the time that say things like “I eat too much fat.”  This is outdated thinking.  Healthy fats like nuts, nut butters, seeds, avocado, hummus, coconut oil, and wild Alaskan salmon are good.  Yes these need to be in the right portions, but your diet is only healthy if these good fats are included.  Animal fats are the ones that make you fat.

There are lots of other tips I could give here, but these will get you started.  Feel free to contact me for a customized plan.

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