Let’s talk balanced eating…what is it? It’s basically intuitive eating but with a more relaxed name.
In short, intuitive eating (or balanced eating) means breaking free from the on-and-off cycle of dieting and learning to eat mindfully and without guilt. There’s no calorie counting or restrictions on certain foods but there are some guidelines.
I have lived within the strict box of the same meal plan for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great plan but with all my food issues, I was always so stressed with how I could make it work.
When my team came out with a new nutrition program, I was hesitant but as soon as I heard FOOD FREEDOM, I decided to give it a try. I already live in a food bubble so the idea of freedom felt liberating.
Now I’ll be real, yes there is freedom but if you eat donuts for every meal, you’re not going to lose weight – that’s just science.
In order to live a healthy lifestyle, your body needs a variety of nutrient sources. You may already know this but I wanted to share a bit about the food groups and why EVERY group is essential in a healthy diet. It wouldn’t be BALANCED EATING if you didn’t eat from every group.
Let’s start with VEGGIES — one of the main health benefits of vegetables is their high nutrient content. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals that contribute to growth and the maintenance of good health. You should include lots of veggies in your day. I hide mine in smoothies, soups, sauces, etc. But a delicious salad can also do the trick!
Protein — the key piece in keeping you full longer! When people complain about how they’re hungry when they eat healthy, it may be because they’re not getting enough protein in their diet. This is the piece that tides you over til your next meal. Add a little extra chicken, tofu, yogurt, steak, fish to your plate to keep you full.
Carbs — you’ve probably heard that carbs are from the devil, but they are essential for daily energy. You can have good carbs (brown rice, potatoes, beans, whole grains, etc.) and you can have bad ones (white pasta, white bread, cupcakes, cookies, etc). When you have a balance of healthy carbs in your diet, you’ll be less cranky and have the energy to get through the day. There is a strategy to carbs to ensure you’re eating them at optimal times but know that these bad boys are very important for your daily health.
Fruits (my favourite group!) are essentially carbs too which is why they also need to be consumed in moderation. They have a high sugar content which gives you that natural energy boost. Their fiber content will also help in your digestion, which is a huge bonus for me!
Healthy fats — yes, you heard me, FAT is essential for your diet. Oils (olive, coconut, avocado, sesame, etc.) have been proven to help fight serious diseases as they are high in Omega-3s. It’s also important to add things like avocado, nuts, salad dressings and cheese into your day to get a balanced ratio of nutrients. I recently started drinking 1 Tbsp of Flax Seed Oil in the morning to help with my digestion – it’s working wonders!
For me, balanced eating has given me a new relationship with food. I’m no longer controlled by my cravings. I’m fully in charge of what goes into my mouth. When there are no restrictions, you’d be surprised at how less likely you are to give into temptations. I’m on the right track every single day, whether I go out and enjoy patio drinks with friends or eat 100% healthy choices throughout the day – you’re always learning what works best for you.
It really is that simple. You can ask any nutrition specialist – food is simple! Eat real food, less processed but everything is welcome in moderation. Move your body, eat a balanced diet and see results!
If you’re curious to learn more about balanced eating, send me a message! I love meeting new people and talking about health. L
Happy eating (because you may as well enjoy it),