What is healthy eating, anyway?

So many people talk about “healthy eating”, or “clean eating”, but what does that mean, anyway? Some people make it sound like DIGESTIVE-HEALTH-gluten-free-sample-menu_iStock_000002664912Smalleveryone should be a vegetarian, others think everyone should be “Paleo”, whatever that is, yet others talk about “what fits in your macros”; what the heck is a “macro”?

I think Dr Mercola (mercola.com) put it best when he said the main beneficial focus of all of these diets is to improve the quality of the food we eat. For most people that is more of a process than an event. However, there is sort of an ideal as far as eating is concerned; here is the “ideal list” of what our diet should consist of:

Organic vegetables and fruit
Fish from the ocean, not farm raised
Meat and dairy products from animals pastured their entire lives on grass and natural foods found in their natural environment (often called grass fed)
Fats that are higher in Omega 3’s:
Fats that come from medium chained fatty acids, such as coconut oil, butter, ghee and avocados.
Saturated fats from grass fed animals
Non saturated fats from olive oil and fish
Fermented foods
Small amounts of whole, organic grains
Beans and legumes
Everything cooked at home in a peaceful environment

Some of you are saying “how on earth do I do that?!”
But others are saying “what is an omega 3, and isn’t corn fed beef better?” If this raises questions, we would love to help you figure out what all this means. But most of us know we at least need to improve the way we eat, for one reason or another.

Keep in mind, this is a goal. Goals are meant to be achieved by working on them; you don’t magically appear at that place. If you are eating takeout pizza on Friday nights and fast food several nights a week, you have a longer journey than someone who only eats a salad when they go out for a meal, and does quite a bit of cooking at home.

So what do we do? How do we get there?

One meal at a time. It sounds corny, but every meal is an opportunity to improve. Go ahead, spend the extra money on the organic chicken and the organic vegetables for one meal. Instead of takeout pizza, go to a healthier option, such as a place that has health minded salads, or salad bars with better quality. Try using stevia in your coffee and a good half and half or almond milk instead of those creamers with questionable ingredients or going to Starbucks.

Look for sources of healthier alternatives, such as farmers markets for fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Talk to the farmers about how they raise their crops. Those farmers markets often have people who sell pasture raised poultry. You can often find someone in the area that sells eggs from the chickens that run around their back yard. You can tell the difference in these eggs the minute you open them up.

Just be open to changes. Look for sources, try to find new ideas to improve. Just know that sometimes these changes are hard to make, sometimes you have to put your health as a priority. Cooking dinner at home may sound so difficult until you realize you can put a chicken in the crock pot and have dinner waiting for you when you get home. There are a lot of strategies available, you just have to look for them.

Don’t focus on giving up the “bad” (although that is the goal), but focus on adding things that are beneficial, and the other things will drop out when you don’t need them so much.

Amy, Annalisa, Patti and Tisha formed Girls Gone Kale to help others learn how to improve the health of their lives. We give talks to answer questions and provide information you may not have thought about. If you want to know more about us and our talks, go to Friday Night Talks and check us out. You can also find us at our Facebook page, feel free to post questions directly to the page.

Patti and Annalisa are health coaches, that can sit down with you and help you find a strategy to get further towards your goals for health and vitality, better sleep, and energy to accomplish what you want to do in this life. You can contact us on our contact page.

Tisha is a personal trainer and has studied nutrition. You can contact her at our contact page or her Facebook page: Live0regrets.

Amy has studied homeopathy, and finds that a great vehicle for healing, if you are interested in finding out more, you can contact her here.