I’m a very healthy eater. I love fruits and vegetables, I genuinely prefer whole foods over processed foods and I try to “eat the rainbow.” However, I’m not perfectly healthy…more like healthyish (hence my blog name). With all the food advice, fads, guidelines and perceived social norms, it’s overwhelming trying to keep up.
I try not to overthink my food choices, but living with roommates on diets and just being on social media has alerted me to certain random “rules” that I naturally don’t follow. By no means am I looking down on those who do follow these rules or am I saying that this is the right way to live (no qualifications here). I’m just sharing what works for me now.
Health Rules I Break (featuring pictures of yesterday’s meals)
Rule 1. Buy everything organic. In a perfect world organic and conventional foods would cost the same. Since that’s not the case, I try to do what I can in my current
broke college student situation. I will splurge for organic lettuce and buy frozen veggies (which aren’t too expensive) but for everything else, unless the price is right, I don’t buy it. I hope that changes in the future as I do support eating organically (and locally).
Rule 2. Eat all-natural nut butter (with no added ingredients). I break this rule multiple times a day and I’m not stopping anytime soon. Contrary to its name “Skippy Natural,” my favorite peanut butter, has added sugar, salt, palm oil and things that probably make some people cringe. But the plain nut butters aren’t as good, so why torture my taste buds?
Rule 3. Eat rolled oats instead of instant. People always say “it only takes 5-10 minutes to cook them on the stove top,” and it’s better for you than instant oatmeal. Honestly? I don’t have the patience or time for that. 1 minute in the microwave and my packaged instant oatmeal is ready. Technically I do prefer the plain oats which don’t have added sugar, so I guess that makes it more accepted health-wise.
Rule 4. Plate your food away from where you eat. Basically, don’t serve family style meals and put away leftovers after plating up. I see how this encourages mindful eating and prevents going back for seconds, but sometimes it’s just easier to leave my cooked food out in case I’m extra hungry. Again, I try not to overthink these types of things.
Rule 5. Measure food. I have no conception of the “correct” portions for things. I can’t eyeball a tablespoon of oil or 4 ounces of chicken and I only use my measuring cup when I need to boil water. My best judgement is my stomach and general instincts.
Rule 6. Don’t snack throughout the day. Some people seem to be all for snacking while others are not. I normally have an afternoon and nighttime snack. Not every day is the same but I’m usually hungry between meals and need the extra energy to finish out my day.
Rule 7. Limit fruit intake. I’m obsessed with fruit and hate the stigma of its high sugar and carbohydrate count. I understand that some people have trouble digesting too much fruit at once (sometimes me), but I’m not one to ever associate fruit with sugar or carbs.
I’m sure there are others that I don’t follow but these few stuck out.
There is one rule I DO follow: Listen to YOUR body. You know yourself better than anyone else and no list of rules should dictate how you eat.