In my last post I talked about the importance of eating well to prepare your body and mind for yoga retreats. But of course, eating well is for every day, not just for holiday!
Eating right can be difficult, though, especially if you feel like you don’t know enough, or can’t afford the time or money to change your diet. The truth is, there are simple ways you can clean up your eating habits, right now.
You don’t have to embark on a diet that is free of this, or loaded with that. You don’t have to measure or weigh or count calories. To begin feeling, looking and being more healthy, you just have to adopt some basic principles.
This advice is from No Meat Athlete, a website about plant-based nutrition for athletes.
For the newcomer or born-again healthy eater, I know of no better source of guidance than the aforementioned Michael Pollan. Pollan is not a vegetarian, and his whole-food-based, local, sustainable approach to eating is adaptable to a variety of ethical and health viewpoints.
What I find most appealing about Michael Pollan is the simplicity of his approach, and the resulting ease of applying his rules. Start with Food Rules for a quick understanding of all that he teaches, then move on to In Defense of Food for the “why’s.” A few of his most useful rules-of-thumb:
Buy foods that are made with five ingredients or fewer.
Don’t eat anything your grandmother or great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. (Go-gurt?)
Eat only foods that will eventually rot.
Eat all the junk food you want, as long as you cook it yourself.
If you follow these guidelines, you’ll surprise yourself with how quickly your eating choices become positive choices. As you get comfortable with this, you’ll see that changing your diet and well-being for the better is a manageable, step-by-step process!
What are your best tips for eating healthy, right now? Share in the comments!