Stop counting the calories
We are a society so obsessed with numbers. It seems as though the more we count, the worse our health is becoming. I also was at one point. But what I learned was that we are all built differently. Some people can eat more than others, everyone has a unique metabolism, requiring different amounts of food to support the body weight, activity level and hunger cues. I believe because we are built so differently, you can’t simply isolate a weight issue to numbers. Instead one would need to examine the individual as a whole taking into account questions like: why are you struggling with the weight? Why do you have high cholesterol, what are your diet and exercise habits, Are you eating when you are emotional..like I do? Therefore think beyond calories.
If you’re not interested in an apple, you’re not really hungry.
At a point in my life I would eat so much that I would just never get full. I come from a culture where we are taught to eat to get full. I remember growing up in Kenya and my Mom and grandma insisting I eat all my food. No matter how full I was. So even up to this day I always have to remind myself that when eating processed food, I should avoid trying to satisfy myself with it, because I will fail all the time. Instead I remind myself that I can eat it but simply for a taste. If I’m still hungry I should eat an apple or any other fruit. If I don’t want a fruit it means that I’m not really hungry. I finally learned that majority of our calories needs to come from nutrient dense food that is the ratio of nutrients per calorie. Most of the time we overeat is because there is a micronutrient deficiency or short fall.
Eat foods that are nutrient Dense.
Foods that meet the nutrient dense criteria include leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, berries, onions, mushrooms, lentils flaxseeds and beans.
Refined foods is what leads us to over eating and explains why we overeat. These products have high concentrations of sugar, carbohydrates, salt, caffeine, all which are addictive. Avoid refined foods if you can and instead focus on the nutrient dense foods that I have mentioned.
Over the course of the next few days I’ll introduce you to how to eat more plant based foods. How to transition to becoming healthier. My aim is not to give up all that you love to eat overnight. That would be unfair. Instead I want us to go through a transition so you can monitor how you feel, track the changes you notice and slowly improve your diet. Remember we are all different and the ultimate goal is to become healthier. If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.