How Do I Know What I Should Be Eating?

On a daily basis my clients come to me asking for meal ideas, weekly menus, and just what should I be eating questions. It’s always a little tricky for me to answer because what I like to eat might not be what you like to eat, and truly everyone has different dietary needs. So I like to break it down in a couple of ways to help, and these are the tips that I follow for myself when grocery shopping and meal planning.

  1. Shop the perimeter of the store. To avoid processed foods and high calorie snacks shop the perimeter of the store for fresh foods, lean meats, and fruits and veggies.
  2. Look up the Dirty Dozen. This list is just the foods that you need to be buying organic and the ones that don’t matter. This just overall makes me feel better about what I’m feeding my children and what I’m putting in my own body.
  3. Focus on how foods make you FEEL. If you are feeling tired and bloated a lot of that can be from your diet. Pay attention to the foods that make you feel this way and cut them out for a week. If you notice a positive difference keep those foods to a minimum or out completely. For me that includes foods with a lot of sugar and dairy.
  4. Focus on hitting daily macronutrients (carbs, fats, proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc.) by eating nutrient dense foods.
  5. Drink ENOUGH water. This goes into any food tips, because water is very important for our overall health. Did you know your body sends the same signal for hunger that it does for thirst? Thats why they say if you’re feeling hungry to drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes. If you’re still hungry, eat, and if you aren’t hungry anymore than it’s likely that you were thirsty.

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