DO-RE-MI + FOOD

We all know the song, “Do-Re-Mi”, from “The Sound of Music”. The first line says, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” For so many of us, we need to start at the very beginning when it comes to food.

I can’t tell you how many clients come to me completely bewildered. Not only are there so many diet plans, but studies frequently come out contradicting previous findings.

EGGS ARE A GREAT SOURCE OF PROTEIN, AND HEALTHY. (JUST KIDDING, NO THEY’RE NOT)

WE NEED TO CONSUME LOW-FAT DAIRY PRODUCTS. (NOPE……FULL FAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO.)

CARBS ARE EVIL. (SOME CARBS ARE PACKED FULL OF NUTRIENTS LIKE WHOLE GRAINS)

It is beyond confusing to navigate through all of this information and that’s even before we get bombarded with messages about our bodies. We need to look a certain way, dress a certain way, and are held to an impossible standard. We constantly see images of beautiful women, who have had hours of hair and make-up, along with a touch of photoshopping. No wonder we feel the way we do!

Before you can make any kind of healthy eating plan,  you first must understand what foods you like to eat. I know this seems very basic but I have a lot of clients who are eating foods that they do not like but are ONLY eating them because they believe that they’re healthy. They are choking down things like egg whites and spinach, quinoa, and celery juice. I can tell you with certainty that this method NEVER works in the long-run. Without feeling satisfied, all of that “healthy” eating will go out the window the minute a bag of Goldfish crackers comes into view.

If this sounds familiar, take a week off to be curious and to explore. Go back to the beginning and think about what you’re in the mood for instead of automatically reaching for things that you don’t like. Once you have a better understanding of what you like, you can then tweak your diet to make it healthier. You might discover that you actually DO like broccoli but can only enjoy it when cooked with a sprinkle of cheese. Maybe eating a salad is good in theory only, since it always leaves you yearning for more. Maybe you will decide that you will NEVER eat an asparagus again. Do this experiment so you can build a solid foundation, instead of living with a flimsy one that keeps collapsing. (Hence the need to keep “starting over”, every Monday!)

 Start at the very beginning because it’s a very good place to start!

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