I'm definitely no nutritionist. I don't know how every single person's body works and I'm not here to go "Hey my diet is better than yours!" But one thing I know is that for most of us, the choice to eat less, isn't always the right decision.
I used to be young and very uneducated about what was healthy that I thought the only way to be skinny - if you weren't naturally skinny - was to eat very little or to eat really boring, tasteless salads 24/7. I never actually tested this theory, I was just sure it was true. How many of us remember being told losing weight means just eating less until you get what you want, then going back to your previous eating habits?
I've learned so much more since my health became a priority. I'm not perfect, but my choices are a thousand times better than they used to be.
It does hurt to think about how I treated my body and my health in the past. To think that what I was doing was, and to many today still is considered "normal".
You literally are what you eat. Everyone knows at the back of their mind whether or not the food choices they make are healthy. We may not all be well educated in nutrition or health but you know the basics and at the end of the day you make the decisions for your body.
When you're unsure of what to do, it's normal to look for help. Of course many of us look online where we're given endless results for almost anything you can think of.
So for many people who look up how to lose weight, it's very easy to click on a link that is very informative and helpful; but it's just as easy to go to a page that'll tell you to start a fad diet, lower your calories unnecessarily or to try some "weight loss" pills or tea for extra fast results.
I may have once believed no one on the internet would lie about health, but clearly we know that's wrong. You don't need to be qualified to give out advice or opinions or upload "this is what i did" videos about weight loss or nutrition. Almost anyone can tell you how they eat and people will want to listen especially if they think you look good.
So what's my point here? Like I said on my Instagram post, these are just my opinions on the topic. We should all be trying to support each other and giving out actual healthy advice when it comes to eating.
I guess the first thing everyone already knows, I can't stand people who say to avoid carbs all the time (i mean look at all those carbs in my nana ice cream!) Adding more carbs to my diet has been one of the best things I've ever done. I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it, adding carbs to my diet made me much leaner, stronger, healthier and so much happier with my body. To think I spent all my life, up till earlier this year, thinking carbs were what kept you fat and unhealthy, that a healthy diet had very little carbs. Turns out the opposite was what I needed.
I would never count my calories, and I would never say it's a good idea for most people to do on a daily basis. I believe in having a good relationship with food, rather than worrying about how many calories are in a apple, a bowl of rice or a cheesecake, I prefer to make choices depending on what actually makes me feel good, regardless of the number of calories it has.
Diet pills and weight loss teas are something I would actually consider "the devil" when it comes to healthy eating. I want to feed my body well and love it, nourish it with what it actually needs, not poison myself with "quick fixes" that don't actually fix anything. There's nothing else I could actually say about these - just know I would never recommend any of these products since I don't believe in these "quick fixes".
When you're eating healthy foods that you love AND that your body needs, it becomes natural and easy because you start to feel much better.
Nothing worked better for me than learning that dairy was always making me bloated and lazy, cutting it out of my coffee and teas, having less cheese and cream and way less ice cream made me feel 100 times better than I could have ever imagined. And when I forgot that feeling and thought "hey cheesy quesadillas won't be that bad!" and had them, I got bloated so quickly, felt terrible for the rest of the day and have no motivation to work out at all. So I make my food choices depending on what I know I like eating and what makes me feel good all day. I'd rather pick nana ice cream over gelato, fruit over a mars bar, avocados on toast over a quesadilla all because I know how these foods make me feel and I love the way they taste.
I've seen my fair share of articles and videos that are nothing but toxic; telling you calorie counting is the only way to stay fit, avoiding carbs are the answer to being skinny. Some people are always going to make these videos or write these articles like their way is the only way you need to live, but I just think otherwise.
I've even seen a girl talk about an appetite suppressant like it was the best thing in the world and saying everyone needs to get on it too! How sad is that?
At the end of the day, you choose what you want to do and who you want to listen to. I'm not telling anyone to eat the way I do, but when considering making changes, don't think eating less is always the answer when you might just need to eat better.
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