Food. It’s a simple word, yet somehow it can become so complicated for so many of us. It’s not so much the food itself that becomes complicated - it’s more of how we view the food.
Do you fear food? Stress over what to have for your next meal? Think there are just too many food rules to keep track? Let’s change that!
How we approach food is pretty simple. We don’t do diets, we don’t believe in restriction, and we ENJOY food. THERE ARE NO FOOD RULES. There are no RIGHT or WRONG foods. Food should fuel our bodies, enrich our lives, and be darn tasty! We truly believe that all foods can help build a balanced plate and that variety is key.
It’s also important to remember that comparison is the thief of joy. We’re all individual. We have different body types, different shoe sizes, and even different nutritional needs! Don’t compare yourself to others around you and let that comparison take away the joy you find in yourself, your life, and your food
Now...just because we believe that all foods fit, doesn’t mean we also believe you can go wackadoodle crazy everyday and have EVERYTHING you want in one day or ridiculous amounts of food at a time. You gotta use your noggin a little bit and make smart decisions! That’s where we can help!
The MyPlate (below) is a great visual to keep in mind to make sure you’re getting in a wide variety and hitting all of the food groups - and, it might even be a little fun if you look at it like a puzzle the way we do! Your puzzle pieces consist of the five food groups (fruits, veggies, grains, protein and dairy).
To make it super easy, use our simple rules of thumb.
Snacks - choose at least 2 puzzle pieces
Meals - choose at least 3 puzzle pieces
Make sure you always choose a fruit or veggie in every meal and snack
Putting it Into Practice
Putting this into practice doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. Start small, and work your way up from there. Try using our puzzle method for just one meal or snack in the next few days and see how easy it is. You may be surprised at how quickly it can become a part of your normal routine - and maybe even fun along the way!