There is an abundant of diets, theories, and research about what to eat and what not to eat. Endless information about why a food is healthy or unhealthy. Trying this particular diet or that celebrity diet or this doctor's diet all leads to stressful living and confusion. Its no wonder so many people not only regain more weight after diets but also pack on disappointment and frustration.
For myself, I decided to follow the principles listed below, to not be restricted by a certain strict regimen, which are doomed to fail as life cannot be led with such strict rules. Life is filled with circumstances such as dinners with friends, holidays, cravings; business lunches etc… so for me, the best thing was to finally listen to my body. Tapping into the messages my body sends me, and the sensation felt after eating. Finding what my body feels good with and trusting that as long as I nourish it properly, it will help shape my natural self. This is what I call mindful eating. With those principles I managed to drastically decrease my cholesterol level, lose the weight (15 pounds) and to feel vibrant without restricting my daily life. These principles allowed me to be free in my choices of food, to eat out with my friends and not to be stress about each meal.
Here are my 10 principles, they are based on many different diet theories and researches available on the market: in books, podcasts, videos, websites, seminars, workshops etc…
Eat mostly a plant-based diet. Avoid all industrially raised meats, chicken, fish and pigs. I choose primarily vegetables and fruits, which are in season. Organic as much as possible. Just steamed or lightly sautéed with spices and little oil. us. As for carbs, I choose whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, farro, and barley.
Eat cooked food: I avoid any raw food such as salads or sandwiches (which are loaded with invisible fat). These foods leave me so unsatisfied and I crave sugar after eating them. So I eat warm food as much as possible, which eliminates cravings, fills me up quickly and keeps me full.
Drink lots of teas… and avoid caffeine. Fresh Ginger tea is awesome in taste and nutrition. It also increases the digestion fire. My other favorite teas are: Holy Basil, Dandelion, chamomile and peppermint teas.
Avoid BAD food: I avoid the following: food containing processed and refined ingredients such as oils, sugar, white flour, corn syrup, sugar substitutes, sodas, preservatives, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring, anything stored in plastic containers or aluminum, microwavable food and of course any fried food.
Eat lots of GOOD food: meals which contain variety of vegetables, roots, greens, fresh herbs, whole grains, lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, dried fruits and lots of spices and ginger.
Cooking tools: We never talk about that, but it is crucial to look at the utensils and equipment we use. Avoid plastic, aluminum, and non-stick, anodized cooking utensils. Use stainless steel, wood, cast iron, ceramic or glass.
Cooking methods: It is important not to overcook food as that depletes the nutritive values. So try eat steamed vegetable as much as possible. As for beans always soak and sprout beans and lentils and rinse grains well before cooking. Another thing, never cook when angry. Prepare your meal with love and positive intention.