FOOD

What is a Balanced Diet, Really?

balanced diet

Are you confused by the enormous amount of information on balanced diet and healthy eating? I know I am. Health and wellness is a huge area of interest for me, so of course I love reading all about foods and ways to stay balanced. And there is definitely a wealth of info out there on the subject.

But how do we decipher what is best? Namely, what is best for ourselves.

You hear that avoiding animal protein keeps you healthy, living long, and free from issues like heart disease and cancer. And the evidence does seem to back this up.

You also hear that carbs are bad and more protein is the answer. While this argument usually leans toward refined carbs being the evil culprit, some believe avoiding most carbs (including whole grains and fruit) is the best way to go. Carbs are said to lead to inflammation and protein keeps blood sugar balanced. This makes sense too.

Oh my gosh, overwhelmed yet?

Enter Dr. Christiane Northrup. My god, I love this woman. Not only is she a huge advocate for women’s health, but also believes in the being as a whole. Dr. Northrup prescribes a bit of everything, in moderation. She states that we need healthy grains and even animal protein in our diet, but we need to balance each serving of those with 4-5 servings of vegetables. Namely healthy greens, like kale, collard greens, broccoli, arugula, and watercress.

Ok, that does seem like a lot of veg and on this program you would be eating primarily veg-based. But that is the whole thought behind the moderation thing. You eat mostly healthy but still get a little of what you want. I, personally, like meat but don’t miss it when I don’t have it. But, at least for me, nut butters only go so far. Sometimes you have to mix it up. If you are strictly veg or vegan, great! You don’t even have to worry about the meat thing. Another note: If you do consume meat and dairy, be sure you are buying products made without hormones. Those suckers cause all sorts of problems. That article coming soon.

Obvs, good health and feeling great are the driving force behind eating well. But there is another super important component that goes along with this whole thing. You pass that good stuff on. As in, when we women feel great, our husbands are more satisfied, our children are happier, and the world around us is a better place. There is so much of this juicy info (and more) in this interview. Do yourself a favor and go read it now.

Hormonal Headaches + What to Do About Them

Headache by stockarch at morguefile

I know. Not a very fun subject. Still, this sucky situation happens to lots of women. Every #*&! month. So I feel it deserves some attention.

I’ve always been headache-y. But getting a migraine type headache every single month for the past year has gotten a bit old. There’s the week of the headache, then the week of recovery. That is half of the time. Half of life! Not okay.

Yes, I did ask my doctor about this. And yes, it is most likely hormone related. But the artificial hormones route is not appealing to me and being the natural kinda gal that I am, and also one to love research, I’ve been delving into this thing myself.

Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup is an all time favorite of mine and I’ve also read Dr. Sara Gottfried’s book The Hormone Cure. This means cutting back on carbs, eating more fresh fruits and veg, and healthy proteins, and taking some supplements. It has helped some of my symptoms (irregular periods, mini hot flashes) but, sadly, hasn’t touched the headaches.

Time for drastic measures.

We know that too much sugar is crap for your health, looks, mood. I do my best to curb my sweet tooth as best I can. But I’m beginning to wonder if I need to eliminate all sugar from my diet. At least for a while.

Sarah Wilson of I Quit Sugar has an 8 week program that looks tempting. Unfortunately the next one doesn’t start until January. For now I think I will try my hand at cutting waaaaaay back on carbs and see if I get one of these suckers next month.

Do you get hormonal headaches? Quit eating sugar? Found something else that helps? Please, please, please share!

 

Image from stockarch at morguefile.com.

Your Own Personal Nutritionist (app style)

Rise App Personal Nutritionist

Want to lose 5 lbs with me? Or maybe figure out how to boost your energy? Maybe you have a special occasion coming up that you want to look extra fabulous for?

Let’s do this!

Haven’t you always wanted a personal nutritionist to help you out with this kind of stuff? Me too. And I have one. For the next 10 days. And so can you.

Here’s the deal: Rise is a new iPhone app that helps you track what you eat and connects you with a real life nutritionist who guides you on your mission to healthier eating, feeling great, and looking like a million bucks.

All you have to do is download the app and plug in your deets to get started. The nutritionist is a subscription service, but the folks at Rise have given us a special discount code to get started for free. Wee! You’ll still need to enter your credit card info, but where it says gift card enter code RISEGK8 and you won’t be charged.

I’d love it if you jumped on the Rise bandwagon with me and share your experience along the way. I’ll be posting on mine here and at Feelgood Style.