It’s Just Food — Don’t Complicate It
Healthy eating is complicated.
Or at least most people think so.
Consider the number of “eat this; not that” messages you hear each day. News segments, friends, food labels, your social media feeds… This blog. With so much advice out there it’s no wonder a majority of people think eating nutritiously is more complicated than figuring out their taxes.
“Eat blueberries for your brain.
But don’t have too much fruit because fruit’s full of sugar.
And carbs are sugar, so don’t eat carbs either.
Plus carbs and sugar make you fat.
But too much fat will also make you fat.
Unless it’s coconut oil, eat as much of that as you want. And rub it on your face, ‘cuz that stuff is magic.”
I’m exhausted already.
“Just tell me what to eat.” That’s the most common request I get as a dietitian. Instead of empowering us to improve our health, the flood of nutrition advice out there has paralyzed us. The confusion has made the once enjoyable task of choosing what to eat into a drudgery to be outsourced.
I think that’s a shame.
Because healthy eating can be simple and delicious.
Even the best food plan fails when life happens. Can’t make it to the grocery store? Kids are sick? Friends invite you to dinner? Well… throw that “healthy” eating plan out the window!
Rather than a roadmap with strict directions, the best eating habits are like a compass, or guideposts, helping you stay on a general course.
This blog isn’t going to give you rules, or numbers to crunch. I won’t promote or ban certain foods. Instead, I’ll offer tips about eating that are flexible, practical, and that work for me and my family.
No rules. Guideposts.