When you think of food rules, do you get a little nervous? I know I do!
Food is to be enjoyed, right?
And we all like to break the rules!
For that reason I like to let myself eat intuitively without lots of rules! But I figured out that to actually do that without being driven by crazy cravings, I needed to drop the processed foods. When I stick to real food, I can eat without lots of ‘rules’ that become temptations to break.
Here are the three ‘rules’ I try not to break!
- If it has artificial colors, artificial flavors, or hydrogenated oils, it’s out. I really try to stick to this 99% of the time for my kids too. There is plenty of organic junk food out there with better ingredients when you really need it.
- If it has any ingredients I’m not sure of, it’s out. I have looked a few things up in the past when I was pretty committed to the food (ie. protein powder, sprouted grain English muffins), but that’s a pretty rare case. Ideally anything I buy that comes in a package could be replicated in my own kitchen if I had the time and desire (ex. Great Harvest bread, Larabars, organic corn tortilla chips).
- If it has multiple sugars, it’s out. I try to stick to very, very little sugar in my diet. The amount in a bit of dark chocolate is about it. When refined sugar is in my system, it’s impossible for me to make good choices. The cravings rule me and I can’t rely on my willpower. I’m weak.
To be honest, these may have started as ‘rules’ to get me on the right track. But now, this is just the way I eat. I don’t really think about it, I just choose accordingly, automatically. I couldn’t tell you the last time I had an Oreo, and I don’t want one. I would rather indulge in a delicious, real dessert that doesn’t taste artificial.
Getting to this point of feeling great is amazing!
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