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My 7 rules for a healthy diet

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As a health coach and Pilates instructor, I get asked all the time, how do you eat healthily? Many wonder whether I eat carbs at all or if I live off fruit juices. None of the two, I have to say, and if you read this blog you might have guessed that my diet is actually far more wholesome and fad-free than you could have imagined.

These are the seven rules for a healthy diet that works for me

  1. Eat the most wholesome, close to nature, seasonal food.
  2. Eat when you are hungry. Hunger is a signal that you need to refuel. Eating when hungry won’t make you fat, but constant munching and overeating will.
  3. Keep my blood sugar level steady, to avoid insulin rush and cravings.
  4. Eat something raw every day. Most of the nutrients of vegetables, fats, and fruits are better without heat.
  5. Love your colors. Eating food that has different colors, will ensure a good variety of nutrients.
  6. Don’t overload. Whether its coffee, carbs, or fats, don’t overdo it.
  7. Have an off day. Whether is a lot of soups or smoothies and little else, having a day or two when you “detox” your body, will help to give a rest to your digestive system.

On another note, a “healthy diet” is one that makes your body works at its best and that fits with your lifestyle. Every human being is unique, and what works for one person might not work for another.

Both nutritional therapy and health coaching advocate the principle of bio-individuality which means that nutrition should be tailored to the individual rather than follow generic rules. This is due to genetic predisposition, constitution, microbiome composition, age, lifestyle, stress responses, exercise regimes, just to name a few. That is why it is recommended to have the guidance of a professional when making lifestyle changes.

 

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