Focus On Addition Rather Than Subtraction For Healthy Eating


When people want to feel good about how they are eating, the first thing they do is start subtracting things from their diet. They give up dairy, gluten, sugar, fat or whatever else.

While that might make you feel good for the first few days, ultimately it’s not creating real change since it’s usually temporary. So instead of getting rid of things, consider what you could add to your diet. That could be new foods, like fruits and vegetables, or it could be playing with the quantities of what you are eating.

It could mean adding more plant-based fats or adding more gluten-free grains like quinoa and oats. Or it could simply mean adding more of the things your body likes and reducing the foods that you know your body does not like.

Because real health isn’t about restriction. It’s about abundance, feeling empowered eating a variety of foods, eating a full range of colors, and nourishing yourself.

So, if you don’t want to change the way you eat, then simply ADD…

Add what?

Add the superfoods that will change the way you eat, for you; and add them to the way you are currently eating. I call this the Superfood Eating “Initial Approach” to change or making the “Switch” to healthy eating.

You see there is one thing that a nutrient rich super food will do that no other food in the food chain can do; they supply massive amounts of micronutrients that nourish and detoxify your body.

And here’s what happens when you begin adding them into your current eating style…

  • Your food preferences change
  • Your body starts functioning better
  • You get satisfied faster, and
  • If you add enough of them in ways you enjoy, you’ll start to see your weight and health change naturally. When this happens you’ll then be super motivated to take nutrition and lifestyle changes to a whole new level.

Give yourself permission to eat what you want

Hunger isn’t the only reason to eat. I truly believe in giving yourself permission to eat in all scenarios so that you can be the expert of your own body.

For instance, let’s say you “don’t eat cookies”. But you are at this party, and the cookies smell really good, everybody else is eating them, and you want to have a cookie.

What would happen if you gave yourself endless permission to eat a cookie today, tomorrow, and the next day? Suddenly, the cookie stops being a “treat” or a “cheat”. It’s just a cookie, and you’re able to really evaluate how good it tastes and how much of it you want to eat – without worrying that you won’t be able to have another cookie ever again, so you might as well eat as many as you can.

When you think about food this way, you can really stay true to the process rather than getting caught up in the story that you are telling yourself.

Its helpful to think about nutrition in terms of what I call outer wisdom and inner wisdom. Outer wisdom is nutrition information that you get from the outside world: dietitians, blogs, social media, etc. This information can be valuable, and it does empower you, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of sacrificing your inner wisdom.

Inner wisdom is getting to know your body and what works specifically for you, with the understanding that you are an individual. Developing your inner wisdom involves doing research on your own to evaluate what works for you and what doesn’t. Everybody is different, so the goal is to truly become an expert in yours.

And once you start to understand the ways your body communicates and act on what it asks for, you begin to trust it. And there is nothing more powerful that self-trust when it comes to making any decision, including food choices.

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