What does “healthy eating” mean to you?
When I used to think of healthy eating, I thought it meant switching out what I was eating for pretty much anything that was reduced-fat, low-sodium, low-calorie, cardboard-tasting… well, crap.
I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and what healthy eating really is about, and I wanted to create a space to share what I’ve learned with you. I can tell you that I NEVER buy low-fat or reduced-calorie anything now, yet I’ve lost weight, become more sustainable in my food choices, and I’ve tasted the most amazing good-for-you foods that make eating enjoyable and healthy at the same time. Nutrition is very much a science– our bodies are made to respond and understand food that has been around for hundreds of years. Nutrition is also very much not a science, and everyone’s bodies and respond differently to different types of foods and exercise. This is why I want to present you with the research and information I know about — so you can find your own journey to eating more healthy and finding what works for you and what food issues are most important to you.
I am not a nutritionist. I’m also not a doctor, a scientist, or a personal trainer. But I don’t believe this limits me one bit in my ability to learn about nutrition from a biological and reasonable standpoint. I think we can all draw from our skills and use them to inspire and educate others in our own way. I work in cancer research, so I know quite a bit about cancer treatments, prevention, and causes. I hear lectures on nutrition and fitness often at work, and I am constantly reading through the most current research in these areas because my program is so involved in them. I’ve also been doing my own research for the past couple of years on the food industry, endocrinology and healthy eating.
I think you have the power to learn for yourself too. I don’t want you to take everything I say as absolute facts. I want you to be a skeptic, do your own research, challenge my opinions, and find what works for you on your own path to a healthier lifestyle.
The idea of “thriving” came to me from my work with cancer survivors. I realized that it just isn’t enough, whether you are a cancer survivor or not, to just simply survive. We thrive by actively participating in our lives, doing things that have a positive impact on our lives and the lives and others, and making an effort to constantly learn how to improve who we are and what we do.
My journey to living a healthier life may have started with nutrition, but I realized quickly that it can’t just end with “eating better”. To truly thrive in my own life, I needed to continue to improve myself, my home, and my talents on all levels. There is so much benefit to learning how to make the things you use and do every day more sustainable. Regardless of your desire to help the environment, teaching yourself and your families to be less wasteful is good for your body, your mental health, and it will usually save you time and money. I have some great tips already, but I’m still learning.
I hope you’ll join me.