Lifestyle Nutrition :: A few observations...
In May and June I featured a series called Lifestyle Nutrition in which I interviewed women who have adopted and kept a nutritionally healthy lifestyle for years. I was intrigued by these friends of mine who seem to have found normalcy in practicing healthy eating. Their insights and tips were so helpful and I wanted to share some things that stuck out to me about the interviews ::
Same But Different
Every single one of these women practice healthy eating and yet there was a lot of variety among their particular diets. For example, all of the women eat lots of fruit of vegetables every day, with a lean protein source and minimal carbs. But one woman follows a Paleo diet, while another was mostly vegetarian, and another just practiced moderation with all food groups. I loved hearing about how they found a way to eat wisely, but still in a way that fit with their personality and lifestyle.
Sugar Is Bad
It was clear that each of these women see sugar as unhealthy and something that should be eaten as minimally as possible. Even though I know this is true, I don’t practice it, and it was shocking/encouraging to see examples of women who have drastically cut down on their sugar intake.
Healthy Eating Feels Good
Without exception, every woman interviewed stated that she eats healthfully because it makes her feel good. I find this so fascinating, because I could argue that the reason I eat chocolate/fries/chips/four helpings of fruit pizza is to “feel good.” It made me wonder if I couldn’t trade one form of feeling good for another. It would require delayed gratification and thoughtfulness, but it’s easy for me to see how a lifestyle of healthy eating could make both my body and mind “feel good.”
I loved learning from these women so much that I’d like to continue this series on the blog and I need your help! Do you know anyone who would be a good candidate for a Lifestyle Nutrition post? Is there a woman you know who has maintained a healthy lifestyle for several years? I’m especially interested in hearing from women who might have special needs when it comes to food, such as athletes with a high calorie diet or women with health conditions that require a special diet. If so, please shoot me an email and let me know!
What about you? Did you like the Lifestyle Nutrition posts? What stuck out to you? What did you learn?
(Top photo found here.)