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.

Liz Thompson