There’s a lot of disagreement about the healthiest way to eat. Some people tell you to have small meals throughout the day and others say three square meals. You have to be a vegetarian – no, you have to have meat in your diet. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – no, it’s okay to skip it.
The bottom line is that you simply have to do what’s right for your body and your lifestyle. Yogi Cameron Alborzian has three basic principles that I swear by and believe will be helpful to you.
EAT MOSTLY FOODS THAT COME FROM THE GROUND
EAT ONLY WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY
EAT ONLY AS MUCH AS YOU NEED IN THE MOMENT
Let’s look at these points one by one:
EAT MOSTLY FOODS THAT COME FROM THE GROUND. I do my best and often rotate my diet plan depending on my life and health status at any given time, and I use this notion as my healthy barometer. The time I get really serious about it is when I think I’m getting sick or even just when I’m feeling polluted from a long spell of bad eating. You know, those times when you just eat and drink horribly for a while, like during the holidays or a vacation. There are Mondays after certain weekends I feel this way, too. By eating foods from the ground and drinking lots of water, my body feels cleansed and refreshed.
EAT ONLY WHEN HUNGRY. I wrote this quote of Cameron’s down and hung it on my corkboard as a daily reminder. Try eating based on the signals you’re getting from your body. It may take a little time to get in tune with them. But once you do,, you’ll discover that some days, you may not be hungry in the mornings, and other days, you may feel famished as soon as you wake up. Let your body guide you.
EAT ONLY AS MUCH AS YOU NEED. You can also check in with your body mid-meal to see how full you are so that you can stop eating before you stuff yourself. When you feel full, listen to what your body is telling you and then put down your fork, no matter how good the food tastes. Take eating breaks during meals. Halfway through, stop eating for a few minutes to get up and walk to the bathroom, for instance. This break gives your brain a chance to register that your stomach is getting full and let you know that it’s close to quitting time.
Learn more about Maria Menousos’ New York Times bestselling book The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness.