May 12, 2014

Count Chemicals, Not Calories

I've been asked by so many people about my dietary habits. To be honest, I don't follow any strict rules. I eat everything in moderation. I'm really not picky about how much I eat, but I am picky when it comes to what I eat.

I've come to the realization lately that it doesn't matter what kind of a diet you follow. You can find the healthiest, fittest person who is a vegetarian or gluten-free or vegan, eats Paleo, follows the "Zone" diet, you name it.... there's one common denominator between all of these "diets."

The people who follow them are strict. They don't eat a lot of processed, chemical (pardon my language) shit. They don't eat microwavable meals or sugar-filled foods or a lot of breads.

What's my point? There is no magic diet, no magic number of calories you need to consume. Eat what works for your body. And do you know what works for every body? Eating whole, fresh, nutrient dense foods.

When you pick up a food at the market, look at the ingredients, not the number of calories. Do your research. If you don't recognize the ingredients, chances are, neither does your body.

I believe everyone should avoid these foods. For my body, I eat a lot of healthy fats like coconut, avocado and nuts. I eat organic, antibiotic and hormone free meats. I have a salad or green drink everyday to ensure I get my veggies. I also indulge in things like pizza and hamburgers and ice cream and even french fries (from reliable sources).  I never eat fast food and I try to avoid large chain restaurants as much as possible. I won't order meat (including fish) from a restaurant unless I know where it comes from.

If you're stuck in a dietary rut, try cutting out the crap. It's not about the calories, it's about the chemicals.  xo

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