Eating Whole Foods - Healing Your Body From The Inside
Now that you have choice to start changing your diet the whole foods way. Not only you be losing weight and feeling great, but you will be able to start healing your body from the inside out, literally. Everything. that you have eaten so far has impacted your body in one way or another. If the food was healthy, then your body soaked up the nutrients that it needed quickly and got rid of whatever was left just as quickly.
Imagine yourself a month from now, imagine yourself being able to jump out of bed in the morning, go to work, make dinner, and still have enough time to play with your kids. Sounds almost like a dream doesn't it? But eating whole foods will help this dream to become a reality.
There is something wonderful about eating whole foods. Knowing that you are eating foods that are naturally fresh and as close to their natural state as possible is a very reinforcing thing.
Not only do you know that you are doing .something good for your health at the moment, but you also know that you are making food choices that are going to help you to heal your body from any lingering effects that it might have from poor past food choices.
But there is one thing that you need to know before you begin your whole journey, and it is crucial for your whole eating success. You need to make the decision about what kind of whole food path you want to take.
With most diets, you begin your eating program with a clear set of rules that you have to follow. You know right out of the gate what you can and cannot have and you are easily able to find new recipes with a quick Google search. So let's say that you have decided to follow a paleo diet. A simple Google search of paleo recipes will give you a lot of options that you are safe to eat. Sure, you will still have to do your due diligence to be sure that the recipe truly follows your lifestyle, but other than that you will have nothing else to worry about and you can easily find your fill of recipes this way.
But when it comes to eating whole foods, things are not always so simple. There are many variants to the whole food lifestyle, but the basically it can be broken down into three classes. You are either a whole food meat eater, a whole food plant based eater, or a whole food clean eater.
Whole Food Meat Eating
Essentially, this follows the same guidelines as the paleo diet. You will not be eating any grains or anything that is processed. But if you are doing a program such as the Whole30 you will have a few more restrictions. For example, it does not promote making any desserts, even healthy desserts, while on the program. However, a meat eater who is not part of the program will be able to find donuts, brownies, and other paleo treats to eat.
Whole Food Plant-based Eating
Unlike the whole food meat eater, if you are eating the plant based then you will be relying heavily on grains while avoiding meat. The popular 'Forks Over Knives' movement would fall into this category.
Whole Food Clean Eating
This is a group of people who are dedicated to eating whole foods that are healthy and not processed, but typically these people will allow themselves to eat both grains and meat. If you are unsure where to start with your whole program, this is typically the best place as you will be able to start healing your body from the inside out while figuring out which foods work best for you.
Even though your dieting into a whole food eating lifestyle will be an amazing one, it is important that you choose your path before you start. This way there won't be any confusion for you down the road and you are more likely to stick with the path to eating whole foods.