This is a great question!
People are valuing individualised approach to health. They’ve realised that no one-size-fits-all when it comes to nutrition and health.
So, in answering this question, I am not going to try and turn my recommendation into a one-size-fits-all package, rather highlight some key points to consider when working out what a healthy diet can look like for you.
Overall, I see a healthy diet as a way of eating that works for you and fits into your unique life. To view a definition of ‘normal eating’ CLICK HERE.
More specifically, if you answer ‘yes’ to the following questions, you likely understand the characteristics of a healthy diet:
- Do I believe all food fits in a healthy diet? Do I give myself 100% permission to eat all foods when I feel like them?
- Can I eat in a flexible manner?
Do I feel in control of eating? Do I feel a sense of calm, happy, relief and hopefulness when eating?
- Do I make food decisions based on my internal body signals or appetite?
- Do I trust my body to guide me to nourishment?
- Does this eating pattern add to my health?
- Do I find that I am eating a variety of food?
- Is this way of eating celebrating my body?
- Am I kind to myself when I eat?
- Do I feel like I deserve to eat? Am I worthy of nourishment and pleasure food provides?
- Do I feel balance related to my thinking of food in relation to many other aspects of my life?
- Do I feel free eating this way?
If you answered ‘yes’ to all these questions, you are doing an amazing job with eating. If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, don’t worry, it is possible to work on improving your relationship with food (and body).
Notice that there is no dot point related to having X amount of food or nutrient? This is because singling out certain food and nutrients is what diet culture tells us to do and really, how well has this worked for us all?
If you need inspiration about what sorts of foods are important to eat most days, then by all means check out The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, however, be sure not to turn this guide into a meal plan and neurotically ensure you have eaten the ‘right’ number of food servings from each food group each day.
For support, contact me, or if DIY is more your style, grab a copy of ‘30 Days to a Better Relationship With Food and Body’ ebook.