What should we be eating for health and happiness?
As a nutritional therapist and health coach, I can answer that easily for you right now. Eat in a way that balances your blood sugar at least 80% of the time, focussing on whole foods like fish, meat, lentils and pulses, lots of veg and salad, a little fruit, and small amounts of rice, potatoes and pasta. BUT (and it is a big but) for any healthy lifestyle plan to work in the long term, it has to be sustainable, and that means not only easy to follow but enjoyable. And the truth is, cutting out entire food groups and never having the scope for a glass of wine or a piece of birthday cake is a recipe for disaster.
There is no reason for all the guilt we give ourselves – because many people know what they should be eating (and don’t get me started on ‘should’) – and it’s easy to end up making food decisions based on a crazy long list of rationales.
Just eat the chocolate cake and move on! Choose the cake and then stop the conversation you’re having in your head about it. Eating a slice of cake is not the end of the world. Just do not get all ‘what the heck, I might as well eat the whole damn thing’.
It’s all about balance.