People always ask me what they should eat. That’s a loaded question that can get complicated based on a person’s goals, biochemistry, allergies, intolerances, and personal tastes. But, for many of us, I have one helpful tip to remember when it comes time to answer that age-old question “What’s for dinner?”
Ready? Here it is…
Look at each food choice you have as if it were “medicine” or “poison” and then decide.
Don’t stop reading! This blog is not just click-bait with an intriguing yet unrealistic premise. I really believe that this simple rule of thumb can be a valuable tool in your arsenal when it comes to your health. Here’s why:
- It reminds us that our food has a direct effect on our health.
- At the same time, it reminds us that our health is a choice we make each and every day.
Take the Time to Think: Make the Choice to Choose
There’s a quote from the book It Starts with Food by Melissa & Dallas Hartwig that puts it nicely:
“The food you eat makes you either more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options.”
Unfortunately, when it comes time to eat, our bodies are often set to auto-pilot and that means that we might go about our day eating what we usually eat, healthy or not. That pretty much sums it up. It’s simple really. Want to have some fun? Show that quote to the latest diet fad guys and see how they answer. 🙂
If you want to begin seeing how this mind shift can help you, try this little exercise. Before you take your next bite of any food, ask yourself “Is this going to make me more healthy or less healthy?” By asking yourself this simple question, it’ll bring awareness and consciousness to what you’re putting in your mouth.
My challenge to YOU is to ask this question before you eat not just today, but every day for the rest of the week. And then the month. And then…well, you get the idea. Does it change how you feel about what you are eating? Let me know if it does.