What is a sustainable diet? I spend a lot of time counseling clients on how to adjust their food, beverages + related dietary habits to work in harmony with their lifestyle and goals. Not trying to have the ‘perfect diet’ all the time is usually a more attainable and practical concept for people and they are more likely to stick to a diet which supports their health goals.
A combination of “Good”, “Better”, and “Best” choices is the perhaps the best way to implement sustainable change in your diet. Enjoying a homemade chocolate cake for someone’s birthday is fine (and probably really yummy!). Afterwards, eat a healthy dinner, filled with dark, leafy greens, lean protein, and healthy fat. A sustainable diet isnot trying to have a perfect diet(if such a thing exists..) but keeping a healthy, flexible structure of food options which will allow your body to feel its best.
What is Good?
“Good” is cutting down on processed foods and incorporating healthy food into your diet, such as swapping salad for french fries or a collard green wrap for a few slices of bread. “Good” is making choices that will help you to feel better. For an athlete, this may be selecting an energy bar with minimal, pronounceable ingredients over a highly-processed, high-sugar energy bar.
What is Better?
“Better” is beginning to look at food more than just ‘energy’. It’s pausing at meals, allowing your body to properly digest food. It’s eating meals that require a fork and knife; swapping burgers and burritos for a plated dish, filled with salad, veggies and well-sourced protein. “Better” may be adding a cup of wholesome soup to your meal or stocking your office/kitchen cupboards with healthy snacks. For an athlete, this may be making a homemade energy bar versus store-bought.
What is Best?
“Best” eating is making our most mindful, healthy choices around food. It is looking at the seasonality, source, and impact of food choices: Was the food shipped many miles, perhaps polluting the environment along the way, or was it bought at a local farmers’ market, from a nearby farm? Were the cows grass-fed or grain-fed? Are you supporting your local economy?
“Best” choices follow a diet strategy that is best for you. What are your particular needs? Are you currently dealing with or recovering from an illness? What are your health and fitness goals? How much time do you have to prepare food? Where you do live - warm or cool climate? Are you cooking for yourself or a large family? Many more questions may arise when we begin to question how our best diet may look, feel and very importantly... taste!
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