Does The Perfect Diet Exist?

August 8, 2019

Does The Perfect Diet Exist?

August 8, 2019

There’s nothing quite as confusing as food! Would you agree? There is something new posted every week about what we should eat, shouldn’t eat, what’s good, what’s not good… This can become so overwhelming we have no idea what to believe; which leaves us frustrated and questioning ourselves every time we plan our next meal or walk the isles of the grocery store.

You will find you have all the answers you need when it comes to knowing which foods work for your body and which ones don’t by blocking out the “noise” from social media and infomercials and taking note of what you’re feeling on the inside.

Romans 14:17 (NIV)
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Know what is in your food.
As a consumer, it is important to understand that the food industry is in the business for making millions. Their first and only interest is in profits, not our health, which means it’s your job to know what ingredients are going into your body and what they might be doing to you.

Did you know that there are several ingredients the US uses in our food that are banned in other countries due to the uncertainty of their safety?

Reading food labels, for its nutrition content, are very important, but it is equally important to check out the ingredients list.

  • Limit buying a food item that has more than five ingredients listed (unless you know for sure that all of the ingredients are health-promoting and wholesome).
  • Stay away from ingredients you have no idea how to pronounce and/or have no idea what they are.
  • If the ingredient on the list isn’t something you will find in one of your kitchen cupboards, it’s best to leave that item on the shelf. (How many of you keep butylated hydroxyanisole in your pantry for when you are ready to bake some cookies?)

At the end of the day, we already have a pretty great idea of what truly nourishes us: Fruits and veggies, high-quality plant and animal-based proteins, and whole grains—more nature-based foods and less junk created in a factory that’s packaged in a box or bag.

Pay attention to how food makes you feel.
Whether or not you feel a desire to follow a particular diet is a personal choice that is entirely up to you. You should not feel pressure about eating a particular way or not eating a particular way. It’s best to focus on eating whatever foods make you feel satisfied, energized, and well-nourished, no matter what diet plan they may fall under.

Romans 14:3 (NIV)
The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.

Our bodies are in constant communication with us, giving us hints about what is working for us and what isn’t. When it comes to the stuff we eat, sometimes the clues can be very obvious. Perhaps you have a nut allergy that causes hives or even anaphylaxis. Maybe you’ve recognized that the last two times you had Chili at your favorite restaurant, it made you nauseous. But what about the signs that are far more subtle such as feeling sluggish, bloated, or achy? Because these are very, very important too.

  • Notice your energy levels directly after you eat a particular food and pay attention a couple of hours later as well.
  • How do you feel emotionally after eating certain things?
  • Garbage in typically equals garbage out. Taking in nutrient-dense foods can trigger anxiety, lack of motivation, declined productivity and decreased mental focus.

1 Corinthians 6:12 (NIV)
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but I will not be mastered by anything.

Take note of any physical symptoms you may have as you work to find the nutrition plan that works best for you. Sometimes you can notice a change in a few hours and sometimes not for a few days. I encourage you to get out a journal and write down how you feel, both physically and emotionally. Also take note of your mood, energy level, time of day, and how long you go between meals.

When we begin to cut back and/or eliminate foods that are toxic to our bodies, such as sugar and processed foods, our bodies will go through a natural adjustment. Take note of how you feel during this time, and give your body time.

Not everyone has the same sensitivities to certain types of food, such as nuts, dairy, gluten, etc… Many people can enjoy a variety with little or no problems, while others cannot. It really does come down to what does and doesn’t work for you. You may find your body can handle most anything in moderation, but not in large quantities.

There is no right or wrong—only what is right or wrong for you. If a food makes you feel amazing and energized for long periods of time, eat more of that. If it makes you feel bad or low-energy, limit it, or don’t eat it at all. Take note of the clues your body gives you and have fun experimenting with new recipes; using a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.

Want to be sure you are living your healthiest life? Eat foods that give you life!

  • If your food can’t “die” in a few days, it doesn’t contain life and therefore can’t give you life.

Finding the “perfect” diet is probably not going to happen, but finding what works best for you can!!!

Philippians 3:12 (NLT)
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.

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