Are you eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away?
OK, so we don’t necessarily need an “apple a day” to stay healthy. Certainly it is much more complicated to get or remain healthy than that, right?
There is no single dietary practice that is right for everyone, but you most likely will get healthier if you consume less meat, dairy, sugar, chemicalized artificial junk food, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco.
Chill out, I didn’t say NO meat, dairy, or coffee. In general, most of us could stand to eat less animal products, though, as well as to change our animal sources of protein from conventionally-farmed, grain-fed toxin-filled meat to organically raised, grass-finished animal-based proteins. And yes, you can afford it. Want to know how? Simply reducing your meat consumption during a few meals a week will save you big bucks! All those brightly colored, chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals veggies, don’t cost as much as you’d think.
One of my individual health coaching clients revealed how shocked she was that a huge bunch of kale – which provides the base for her green smoothies every morning – cost a fraction of what she thought it would, and that her overall grocery bill has not increased at all since making the switch to a more whole-food, plant-based diet. She still eats meat – just not as much. Fact: meat is more expensive than veggies, my friends. Just as an example: One bunch of organic, fresh, kale at the King Soopers is $1.99. Cheapest ground beef is $3.34/lb, but decent “quality” conventional beef is $5/lb or more.
Ultimately, bioindividuality is key. That means what works for one may not work for another. It also means respecting the messages that your body sends you. You may be determined to be a vegan, but your body could be telling you it needs animal sources of protein. That’s fine! Meanwhile, others can absolutely thrive without animal products; their body says a-okay, compadre!
Find the shoe that fits you. Keep the fundamentals in mind:
* LESS meat, dairy, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, and no tobacco
* MORE plants and whole foods (meaning, they’ve been through none or few processes to look like what they do at the market).
* KISS – Keep it simple, silly! Don’t overthink this.
* Listen to your body. It really does know best if you quite your mind long enough to actually tune into it 🙂 Do your research, consult experts and friends, and ultimately, just roll with it while your awareness is primed to receive messages telling it to keep going down the path it’s on, or to adjust to the cones in the road.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
Have an experience making a major dietary change that you’d like to share? Leave a comment below and let others know what your bioindividualty looks like.
Think there’s only ONE “right” way to eat? Think again.