In my 43 years, there's one thing I know to be true. That is, there's no right or wrong way when it comes to the food I consume. There is; however, my eclectic food philosophy, and today I'm going to share my thoughts on the matter.
adjective. selecting or choosing from various sources.
When it comes to my food, the best word to describe me would be eclectic. My beliefs are wide and varied, more importantly, they're dictated by where my health's currently at in my life. This is the one thing I've come to understand since my cancer diagnosis. My health, my body, knows what it needs. So it's imperative I listen to it and nourish it to get the best possible outcome from it. It's that simple. It just took me a hell of a long time to learn that lesson. But learn I did, and now I know.
Flexibility is another word I like to use. I have to be flexible with my nutrition because we don't live in a perfect world, and we can't control everything. So I adapt and adjust to the circumstances or environment I'm in and make the best choice I possibly can for my health.
But for now, here's some of the things that apply to me, my nutrition and my life, and why:
Buying and consuming certified organic products has been a part of my life for the last 15 years. I prefer to say I live a predominately organic lifestyle, from the food I consume to the products I apply down to my household cleaning items. If there's a certified organic option, I'll always choose it. But if there's not, I'll opt for next best thing. I do the best I can, with what I have on any given day. Now that's what I call balance.
Plant-Based Whole Foods
Last year I became certified in Plant-Based Nutrition via Cornell University (USA). I then went on and became certified in the Forks Over Knives Online Cooking School. Because I chose an alternative path to my hormone treatment I had to learn for myself how best to prevent my cancer/s from returning in the immediate future until I'm in remission, and beyond. During the study process, I adopted and experimented with some of their principles and to my surprise my body responded well to it. So because of this, I adopted a predominately plant-based whole food nutrition plan to my daily diet as well.
I'll go into much more detail about this in a later post.
Back in the day, I used to be 80/20. Now it's more like 70/20/10. The numbers are representative to percentages to the discipline/consistent aspect required for my health's sake to the flexible aspect if/when the need arises like eating out or a special event. That kind of thing.
70% certified organic plant-based whole foods
20% certified organic
10% complete flexibility
Last but certainly not least, keep it simple stupid! We humans always have to complicate things unnecessarily for ourselves. We're champions at it. That's why I try to keep my nutrition lifestyle simple by listening to my body and to not over complicate things.
Well, folks, that's it. There's my eclectic food philosophy for those that wanted to know more about what I eat. So now it's your turn. What's your food philosophy? What do or don't you eat, and why? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences on the subject by leaving me a comment right below this post.
In the meantime, have a fab weekend, and I'll see you all again Monday.