March is national nutrition month, we know it’s July—this, isn’t for that. This is for every other month of the year (and also for March) because this is that important. This is our running list (expect regular updates) of the best diet and nutrition advice ever. While it doesn’t include “take a vitamin D supplement if you’re not in the sun for 10 minutes per day” or “drink more water”, though both are sound advice, it does contain what you really need to know (i.e. the stuff that isn’t in the textbooks). We’re talking the unconventional (potentially unpopular) diet and nutrition advice everyone needs to hear like: “NOT everything in moderation”, “your green juice won’t work if you hate your job”, and other unvarnished but less told truths. We think you’ll find it useful — if you do, please share.
The top 11 things you really need to know about diet, health & nutrition:
1. You are 100 percent responsible for your health.
Like you are 100 percent responsible for your life (thank you, Oprah), you are also, 100 percent responsible for your health.
2. NOT everything in moderation.
There are some things like artificial sweeteners, trans fats, dairy (if you’re lactose intolerant), and other inflammatory, disease provoking foods, that should be avoided all the time. This isn’t restriction, this is putting yourself first by putting your health first and that’s self-love in it’s most wondrous form.
3. Small incremental changes incorporated over time, work.
You do not need to make monumental total overhaul type changes in order to improve your health. Realistic changes, incorporated slowly over time, are just as powerful and for some, infinitely more effective.
4. Because we love paradoxes, to completely contradict what we just said, sometimes, small incremental changes incorporated over time won’t work for you if you’re an “all-in” type of person.
Sometimes, it’s infinitely more effective to go all in and never look back.
5. The perfect diet is completely individualistic.
Which means what works for me, might not work for you and vice versa. It’s our personal responsibility (see #1), to figure out what works best for our unique selves. This simple principle, developing an understanding of what works best for YOU — not some exotic superfood or miracle supplement — is the key to kickass health. When you get your food right — when you find the foods that are easy to cook, make you feel GOOD, are delicious to you and insanely enjoyable — that’s when your life starts to change in unimaginably powerful ways.
6. That being said, it’s about more than just the food.
When it comes to optimal health, food is just one (delicious) piece of the puzzle. We say this all the time, but other things besides diet, like when and how we eat, our stress levels, whether or not we’re getting enough sleep, thoughts and self-talk, relationships, work-life, home environment, etc., play a MAJOR role on how we look and feel and on our wellbeing. That’s why it’s so important to look at the bigger picture, recognize the connection, identify any other areas of our life that need nourishing, and take appropriate action to nourish them. That’s also why your green juice won’t work if you hate your job.
That’s also why we created a FREE 21-day Spirited Nutrition challenge specifically designed to help you nourish those *other* areas. Click here to be the first to get it. (Did we mention it’s free?)
7. Doctors, dieticians, nutritionists, healers, etc. *don’t* have all the answers.
While doctors, dieticians, and other experts can be immensely helpful, you know your body better than anyone else. In other words, you always have been and always will be, your own best healer.
8. Focus on real food, not fake food-like imposters.
Instead of buying into fad diet hype, illusive health claims and prepackaged “diet foods” (zero calories usually means zero nutrition), focus on real whole foods like greens, fruits, veggies, raw nuts and seeds, fermented foods, beans, legumes, whole grains and pseudograins; whole foods as close to their natural state as possible.
9. Thin does NOT necessarily equal healthy.
Some thin people are incredibly healthy, some thin people are not. Health has nothing — I repeat NOTHING — to do with the size of your skinny jeans.
10. Consistency is key.
What you do outside the gym — as in, the other 23 hours you’re not working out — is just as, if not more important than the hour you spend working out. In other words, achieving high vibe health is all about establishing healthy habits and creating a well balanced (whatever that means for you), healthy lifestyle. Keyword: lifestyle.
11. Lighten up.
When we initially talk to clients about their eating habits a shockingly high number of them confess that each meal is “like fighting with a demon”. Spoiler alert… your dinner plate is no place for demons. There is no need to stress or obsess over what you ate or didn’t eat because really, it’s just food. And food doesn’t make you crazy, the stories you’re telling yourself about food are making you crazy.
For more foodstuff including the exact (delicious and easy to digest) program that’s helped us totally transform our lives and create the kind of kick-ass health we dreamed about, click here.
What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comment section.
Erika & Jess
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