For as long as I can remember, I have subconsciously divided foods into 2 categories: “good” and “bad.” With so many fad diets that have continued to run rampant over the last couple of decades, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with trying to decipher what and how to eat! In order to be in balance both physically and mentally, it is my belief that you’ve got to start by declassifying foods as good and bad, and instead focus on the nutrient level of the foods you consume. Mental health is just as important as physical health and when you’re knowledgeable about what you’re putting into your body, you will reap the benefits physically as well.
Inherently, food isn’t good or bad in nature. If you consume foods intuitively and eat mindfully, you can essentially eat whatever you desire. The key is not to restrict foods because a magazine article states it should be off limits in order to have a desirable figure. Eating pizza, pasta, and bread shouldn’t be off limits; rather these foods should be eaten in moderation. The brain doesn’t process “can’t” or “no” very well. The more you restrict, the more you’re likely to want to binge later. When trying to make wise choices for your diet, try looking at the nutrient level of the foods you want to incorporate. Splurge and eat the slice of pepperoni pizza, but pair it with a nice leafy green salad with a simple vinaigrette. Fueling your body can be fun and exciting! It’s a great way to try new things and be creative. Eating a balanced diet that fuels YOUR body is the first step in incorporating healthier practices for mental health and physical health.