4 Simple Principles for Eating Well

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In this world of unlimited information, it can be difficult to keep up with all the health and diet trends. It seems like every time a new diet comes out, it claims to be the best. Then right as millions of people start swarming to and swearing by it, it gets dethroned for another revolutionary diet. Be it paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, no carb, it can be hard to keep up with what is truly the best diet. I personally have never and will never be able to stick to strict, rigid diets such as veganism or no carb. I grew up eating meat with nearly every meal and love food too much to kick some things completely for the sake of health. I have to feed my soul as well.

Although I have my love for red meat and pasta, I realize there is obviously value in the other diets and overdoing it will eventually lead to some health problems. Through some research, I tried to find the simplest dietary rules that anyone can apply, regardless of food preference. My goal was to make a list of simple principles I can remember that don’t really restrict my options and promotes health, energy, and longevity. The list I came up with is what I currently go by and I have seen results in energy levels, regularity, and enhanced lean muscle.

Here Are My Four Simple Principles For Eating W ell:

  1. I Only Eat Food That Naturally Occurs In Nature.
    • There is a reason places like Whole Foods are taking over the grocery industry. People have realized that our bodies have evolved for millions of years only consuming what the earth provided, only recently (last hundred years or so) have we been able to manufacture and create “food” with chemicals. Gluten, processed sugar and processed foods are not good for you. Our bodies are made of many of the same natural minerals and vitamins that the earth is composed of. Feed your body with the food that comes directly from the source. Organic plants, herbs and grass-fed meats for the win!
  2. I Only Eat When I’m Hungry because I Stay Really Hydrated.
    • Little do people know that half the time you think you’re hungry, your body is actually signaling you to drink water. The way to spot this is to notice how your stomach feels. Is your stomach actually empty or is your mouth just hungry? For this reason, I constantly keep a water bottle by my side from the second I wake up to when I fall asleep. Drinking more than enough water ensures that I only get that hungry feeling when I’m truly hungry. This is just one of the benefits of drinking a lot of water. I assure you that you will not feel hunger as much if you make it a point to drink a lot of water. I prefer room temperature myself, because I heard somewhere that it costs your body more energy to warm cold water enough to enter the bloodstream.
  3. I Stay Mindful And Practice Moderation.
    • Life is too short to settle for mediocre food. A benefit of constant hydration is that I have less of a need to snack and eat impulsively. This allows me to be satisfied enough between meals to make it to that great dinner I’ve been looking forward to. Also, life should be fun and moderation is Key. Being obsessively healthy can be stressful and extremely unhealthy. I know that cupcake won’t kill me unless I eat it every day habitually. I just stay mindful of what I am putting in my body and try to put in way more good than bad.
  4. Keep It Simple
    • Calorie counting and quitting carbs completely would definitely help me lose weight if that was my goal and I stuck to it. However, I still find those diet plans too rigid and stressful. If I want to lose weight, I’d follow the last three principles plus eat more fats and less carbs. If I want to gain weight, I’d follow the past three principles and eat more carbs than fats. The goal is to have a simple enough diet that takes the thinking out of each meal.

I don’t claim to be a nutritionist or a health expert so please don’t sue me if these principles don’t work for you! However, I did research health websites and nutrition articles before I came to these conclusions. I simply want to share my mindset on healthy eating and diets. It works really well for me and I think it will benefit at least someone else out there.

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1 Comment

  • Great information, and reminder to eat fresh, if possible locally grown veggies and fruits. As you said, moderation is key. I can’t have that root beer float
    every day, but once a week I can indulge, guilt free!
    The other part I liked is being mindful as you eat. Some folks eat so fast, they are full way before they realize it, then feel not so great. Good info!

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