How’s that for a title to catch your attention? It’s actually not a joke.
Food choices are unique based on our personal needs. Some medical conditions and medications can alter what is actually “good for us” in our current status. When someone tells you they can’t eat nuts and seeds? Believe them. Someone else tells you grapefuit is a “no” for them? Let it go. Or, what if someone tells you they prefer cooked over raw vegetables? There may be a serious reason behind these choices. Sometimes bodies deal with things that alter how we need to care for ourselves.
As we try to alter food and exercise habits to better align with health goals, let’s slow our roll and consider the humanity (literally) of it all.
What we eat is up to us. We choose our food, prepare it, and eat it. Then the body takes over the rest of the stuff that needs to happen. Choose wisely, as this sets the tone for the rest of the food commute (ie, food’s journey through the body).
If you notice something different, odd, or otherwise not normal for you, talk with your doctor about it. You can worry yourself into a frenzy over nothing, or miss something important. You deserve better than that, so check it out with the help of a trained professional.
Most importantly, eat what you know is best for your needs. Work with your doctor, dietitian, and pharmacist to know what this really means for you.
Bottom line: Follow current science. Eat balanced meals that include the wonderful variety of choices within each food group to get a mix of nutrients. As an example, just within the protein group, beans have fiber. Meat has iron. Fish has omega-3s. There are loads of reasons why variety is great on your plate if you are able to eat all of these foods.
Lastly, please remember that as you watch someone go down a buffet line and make their personal choices, one never knows what a person is juggling in regards to how they need to define “healthy” for themselves.
There are lots of ways to eat a balanced diet. What is yours?