The unglamorous, three square meals a day ‘diet’
Weight loss regimes and all things diet-related are a multi-billion dollar industry, companies market their products to us from dawn ‘till dusk.
Detox fads percolate through society and before long ‘detoxing’ and eating kale are suddenly the ‘in’ thing.
You can’t package a balanced diet and good night’s sleep in a glossy box so sawdust-like, green stuff in a box keeps flying off the shelves.
To be clear I am not a nutritionist, I merely write about the way I see modern life, please do not confuse this article as a substitute for sound, personalised advice from your medical professional!
For years fad-diets have made headline news; more recently celebrities’ detox diets are taken as gospel but I’ve given up paying much attention to the latest celebrity diets, detoxes and trends as each one appears to contradict the other; resulting in confusions and, I can only imagine, feeling rather hungry.
Variety of foods
I simply prefer a wide variety of foods as part of a balanced diet; boring I know. We eat hearty, home-made stock-based stews and soups, lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, a little meat, some cheese, and the occasional brownie – which lasts us for at least three days!
Perhaps one reason many diets fail is boredom. I enjoy my food.
Enjoying food is part of life; cultures the world over celebrate with preparing, sharing and enjoying a variety of foods within their community. There is joy in eating and rightly so, just thinking of your favourite food causes your mouth to produce saliva which aids digestion. Sticking only to ‘healthy’ (according to whom?) food or certain food groups is boring, and potentially detrimental.
Just eat food, don’t label it!
I’m not a vegan, nor a raw-foodie – well other than fruit and some salad I suppose.
Some days I feel like eating a big baked potato for lunch, another day a little bowl of soup appeals or perhaps a cheese sandwich, breakfast might be fruit and yoghurt, maybe porridge or occasionally bacon and eggs, they all have their place just not the same thing each and every day.
I eat smaller portions than most places serve and I also eat slowly, some say that is the key to good digestion.
A healthy body has it’s own detox system which includes the liver, kidneys, lungs, gut and skin. We just need to drink adequate liquid, eat a variety of fresh, wholesome foods, get sound sleep and take some exercise to help our body do it’s job.
The Mayo Clinic say that stress affects our digestion by suppressing it, we need sound digestion to process the food and benefit from it. So reducing stress seems like a wise idea for all aspects of our life.
If your current way of eating causes you stress perhaps it is time to simplify things?
I’ll stick with my unglamorous ‘three square meals’ a day diet.
Don’t skip your lunch hour, here’s why.
The Guardian: You can’t detox your body, so how do you get healthy? Read more.