GUEST POST by Sarah Eve Matthews
We’re all different, so why should there be one diet that serves all of us? What’s healthy for you might be different to what’s healthy for the next person or what I consider healthy for myself. Is anyone ultimately right on what is healthy?
These days, research that’s done on a product is often funded by the same company that developed the product. Results are biased and can be very misleading. Who can we trust? How do we know what’s best for us? Who should we seek for the answers?
I believe the answer is to listen to your own body. Do you feel sick or sluggish after eating certain foods? Do other foods give you energy and make you feel good? Do some foods give you a boost then leave you flat? If we can learn to respond to what our bodies are telling us, we’ll get better at understanding what healthy is for us.
Medical food journal, The Lancet, published a global study regarding obesity rates. It stated that in Australia, nearly 25% of children and 63% of adults are obese.
We’re becoming a fast food nation – really fast. People eat out regularly, creating a new generation of people who think it’s the norm, rather than the occasional treat. When I was growing up in the 70’s, it was a rare thing to have take-out. I remember having fried chicken twice, fish and chips on a Friday night and roast chicken a few other times. That’s a time span of over 12 years. For many people, that’s the norm for a week or just a few days.
One thing I hope we can all agree on is that fast food is indeed junk food and not something to be considered healthy. But it’s not just fast food that’s junk food. Packaged and processed food (full of numbers) can be found anywhere in the supermarket – including the so-called ‘Health Food’ isle. A quick glance at the ingredients on the packet will tell you if it’s real food or just an attempt to sell you an over priced, sugared, high fat, high sodium item that’s low in nutrition. Drinks can also be full of sugar and chemicals (in amounts we wouldn’t normally consume).
So what is healthy for you? Educate yourself, listen to your body and read the labels before purchasing packaged food. Decide whether what you’re eating is nutrient dense or a food imitation made to satisfy a craving.
How does food make you feel? Do you have the energy you need to function? Are you drinking enough water? Only you can answer these questions and only you can give your body the right fuel it needs.
Through research and experimentation, I have discovered that for me, a plant based wholefood approach is the way. It makes me feel great, gives me plenty of energy and helps me maintain a healthy weight.
Sarah has a YouTube channel called Vegan Style Cooking which focuses on recipes for a wholefood plant based diet. She’s currently working on a recipe and guidebook for this type of eating. She overcame significant health issues and lost weight through diet changes, meditation and yoga. Now, she hopes to help other people by sharing her journey and recipes via https://www.youtube.com/c/VeganStyleCookingwithSarah