Have you ever wondered if you are on the right track with your nutrition and health? Do you wonder if you choose appropriate food choices or eat well?
The following assumptions or what not to do will give a good idea if you are on the right track with nutrition.
1. Black and White Thinking Patterns
Nutrition should not be viewed in terms of rules, or black and white thinking patterns.
There is not any food you should or should not be eating, unless of course you have a food allergy and/or food intolerance.
2. Self Control – Willpower
You don’t need to control yourself. No willpower is required.
Trust is all you need. Trust your body. Listen and respond to what your body is telling you. It rarely leads you astray. If you feel your body leads you astray, it is related to you not fully believing in your body.
Eat food in the frequency and amounts your appetite tells you.
If you know you will not have access to food when you will be hungry, eat food that you know from experience will keep you going until you can eat when you are hungry and able to eat again. This is intuitive eating.
3. The Next Quick Fix
Don’t go looking for the next diet, ‘superfood’ or quick fix as these lures will fail you. This is what they are designed to do.
It’s best to stick to the basics of nutrition and aim for a variety of whole foods intuitively (those close to its natural form as possible rather than foods packed with added fat, sugar and salt and present in convenience packaging).
4. Nutrition the Saving Grace
Not treating nutrition as one puzzle piece of many, in a balanced healthy life. And within nutrition, there are many puzzle pieces, which depends on you and your unique self and situation.
Yes, nutrition is amazing and important, however, people often put too much emphasis on what nutrition can do for them. Remember genetics, sleep, rest and a low stress lifestyle are just some of the other significant ways to care for yourself. Notice these strategies do not involve food, however, are important ways to maintain or improve your health.
5. Not Changing
“I used to do eat this way, so I should still eat this way”.
As time goes by, circumstances change and therefore behaviours, emotions, thoughts and situations change as well.
Circumstances affect eating, nutrition and health. Adjusting how you manage your nutrition and health is a necessary requirement in life.
E.g. I have seen so many mums in their 50s say they still eat fast as this is what they did when raising their young children. I have also seen a lot of older people say “I eat the same quantity of food I ate when I was working on my feet all day”.
6. Weight Equals Health
Believing your body weight and shape alone relates to how healthy you are.
Both fat and skinny people can be healthy, just like they both can be unhealthy. It’s not the fat that determines health. Fat is a consequence of your genes and experiences with food and life. Fat is not good or bad, just like a fat person is not good or bad. A person’s worth is not tied up with how much body fat they have or don’t have.
7. Exercise For Penance
You feel the need to exercise to make up for enjoying ‘sometimes’ food or food that is not nutrient dense. This is disordered thinking and negatively affects how you see food and your body.
Can you add to the list of nutrition assumptions that will lead you off track? Please add them to the comments section.