What Should We Be Eating? – Digestive Health (Part 2 of 2)

It has come to our attention that by eating a nutritious whole foods diet that includes proteins, “good” fats and something fresh like fruit and vegetables seems to be the way to go for many these days. We find that if every meal consists of each of these ingredients we are able to balance our hormones, sustain energy levels and brain power as well as build healthy muscles.

Eating in this way means that you don’t need to be obsessive or count calories, but allows your body to regulate it’s own need for food. When we fill up on nutrient dense foods we are less likely to over eat. However, in saying that if we eat foods that are void of nutrition, our bodies feel “hungry” or not satisfied and will keep asking for more “unfavourable” foods. For example, think of the last time you ate a breakfast cereal or toast with vegemite and still felt unsatisfied. If you were to add eggs, spinach and avo with the toast to start with, this would have provided more sustenance for your morning, and do you think you would have felt as hungry afterwards?

When you plan and prepare what you are going to eat in advance, you set yourself up for success to then allow your blood sugar levels stay balanced, mood and energy are more stable, making sugar cravings or junk food binges less likely.

Carbohydrates or grain based foods don’t contribute much nutritionally however still gives the feeling of being full, so we can then tend to fill up on these foods and forget the other major macronutrients. If you choose to include grains in your diet or are looking to ease them out, look at starting with making them an addition to the meal, not the basis and choosing a gluten free option to keep our guts happy and healthy.

A little tip I find handy in altering one’s diet is not thinking of all the things we need to change and take away, e.g. caffeine, sugar, bread, pasta, alcohol, but rather to think about and make a list of all the great things we can now include in our daily meals which will help us to feel fuller for longer, trim our waist line, decrease the element of disease and increase our energy level.

These include high quality grass fed protein sources, dairy free alternatives, e.g. coconut and almond milk and coconut yoghurt. Nuts, oils and seeds and plenty of fruit and colourful salad and veggie options. In looking at this you would probably have more of an option than you did before, it’s just challenging and rather confronting when we are faced with change, even if it is for the better. However, little by little new habits are introduced which become like normal behaviour.

This is where our coaching memberships with meal plans are fantastic as they include weekly email check in’s or phone calls with your coach making sure that your 7 pillars are aligned,  your core values are being nurtured and your mindset is on track with your current goals and values. I can’t promise it will easy… However, I can tell you it will all be worth it.

Nicole
Nicole McDermott
nic@thechieflife.com

I am passionate about working with people on a holistic level to balance hormones, improve mood, manage weight all whilst educating people on the benefits of a balanced whole foods diet. Follow more great advice from Nic here.