I found this cartoon while surfing the web and it made me start thinking about food choices and the impact on our health. While I enjoy eating a mostly plant-based lifestyle, I don't restrict myself if I want something indulgent. My philosophy about health and illness prevention is all about balance. After all, life happens!
It would be so disappointing if I followed a strict eating plan that did not allow for a night out with the hubby or a family gathering. I always know that if something unexpected comes up, I can modify how I eat another day of the week to accommodate for the changed schedule. Having flexibility allows me to avoid feelings of guilt about what I am eating and drinking when I know I can modify what I eat any day of the week.
When I eat plant-based, I find that it is easier for me to stay on track Monday thru Friday. Since my schedule is pretty hectic during the week, knowing what I am going to eat during the week really helps me achieve my health goals. Meal-planning and prepping is key! I can easily make three to four breakfasts ahead of time as well as lunches. Plus, I will have a weekly dinner plan and either prep on the weekend or have core healthy staples in the pantry and freezer that turn into quick healthy meals.
What I didn't realize is that the old saying of "You are what you eat" is just plain wrong. Good health and preventing disease is all about "You are what you can absorb". If you are eating foods that are full of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and key nutrients but still aren't achieving your health goals, there is an underlying digestive issue preventing proper absorption by the body.
Most of us have digestive health issues. Diagnosed or not. Some are diagnose with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Chron's disease or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), just to name a few. Others of us are not diagnosed with a specific illness but just know that our gut health is not what it should be.
Do you suffer from any of the following embarrassing symptoms?