I believe having food freedom is one of the best things in life for someone who used to be obsessed with dieting. However, I know that finding food freedom is a difficult journey and a hard concept to grasp when you are used to always having a diet plan. I think the reason that this journey is so difficult is because we have lost touch with understanding our bodies and what they need to thrive.
As I’ve been thinking about my mission for my coaching business, I can’t help but place a high value on understanding your body. In my opinion, it is so empowering to learn about your body and how to help it thrive.
We easily get caught up in diet culture rules and listening to a meal plan that apparently works for everyone’s bodies that we forget to notice how our body actually feels.
I agree that a specific meal plan may work for some people but I know for a fact that it will not work for everyone because all bodies are made differently.
One body might thrive on dairy while the other can only have a specific dairy product without feeling any pain. One body might thrive on beans while the other gets painfully bloated when they consume beans. One body might thrive on tons of fruit and another body might thrive on not so much fruit. One body might thrive on having three large meals a day while the other thrives on six smaller meals a day.
You get it right? All bodies are different! What works for one body will not always work for the other. This is why I believe it is so important to understand YOUR body as you start your journey to food freedom.
Below are some action steps you can take today to start understanding your body:
1) Play around with your food choices
Try eating eggs for breakfast one day and then the next day, eat something different like oatmeal or cereal. How do you feel on those days? Try eating a larger lunch with animal protein and then try eating a smaller lunch that is all plant-based. How do you feel?
2) Keep notes
IMPORTANT NOTE: I do not want you to keep track of calories or macronutrients (proteins, carbs, and fat). I want you to keep track of what you ate so that you can write down how your body felt after you ate something. Keep track of this for a few weeks and notice any patterns between what you ate and how your body felt. Every time you ate gluten, how did you feel? When you ate more throughout the day, how did you feel?
3) Try an elimination diet
If you are interested in learning what foods you may be sensitive to, I encourage you to try an elimination diet. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not attempt an elimination diet if you are still struggling with restricting and bingeing. I myself had to stop in the middle of an elimination diet because I was feeling too restrictive. If an elimination diet interests you, read more about it here.