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Why do you eat the way you do?

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By: Tammy Hamilton

A lot of times when I ask what my clients what their goals are during a nutrition consultation I hear “I want to lose 10lbs”, “I want a 6 pack” or “I want to gain muscle”. Which are all great end goals but what I don’t usually hear is “I want to feel better”, “I want to be able to get through my day without crashing” or “I want to learn the proper way to fuel my body to be the healthiest I can be”. We are typically driven by our physical appearance as opposed to how we are feeling internally. Unless of course you get a diagnosis from your doctor that forces you to change your priorities.

My blog today is geared more towards the healing properties of food. What happens when you start to look inward at healing your body from the inside, the outside will be positively affected as well. But we typically don’t do that until we absolutely have to. It’s all about trying to find a magic pill or the right diet that will make you lose 10lbs in an insanely short time. Which is possible but not sustainable long term.
Food can be incredibly healing! Studies have shown that with the proper amount of nutrients you can cure many of your own ailments (keep in mind- I am not a doctor) with food. And it doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t need to time your meals, starve yourself, completely restrict yourself or crawl into a cave of isolation. Just stick to whole, natural food. No gluten, dairy, sugar (except what is naturally in food), alcohol and processed foods. Eat foods rich in vitamins like veggies & fruit and make sure you’re eating enough protein. That doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself every now and then but like I always say- moderation is key!
My challenge to you is to change your mindset and question the reason why you eat the way you do. Every time you sit down to eat ask yourself if the food you are putting in your mouth is harming or helping your body? Once you start to look at food as fuel and not as “bad” or “good” you’ll find that it becomes a habit to eat healthy and junk food just doesn’t seem as appealing. But it takes time and patience. If you are struggling with this balance reach out to us! We’d love to help you better your relationship with food.