There is so much pressure around diets, diet culture, and trends. Between paleo, keto, gluten-free, vegan, grain-free, vegetarian…it’s hard to know which way to lean. And, when you “break your label”, there’s guilt and shame around it.
Humans like guidelines, structure, and rules. We like to follow plans to help us “stay on track”. But, when there is judgement, restrictions, shame and guilt around it…no thank you.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not referring to those with intolerances and allergies, likes or dislikes when it comes to food choices. I’m talking about the diets and programs that restrict healthy macros (for various reasons) and make you feel miserable and deprived.
Well, here’s my two cents. Do what feels right to you, physically, ethically, emotionally.
If you decide to “break your label”, I say congratulations because you recognize that something is not serving you.
Eat mindfully and intuitively. If a food doesn’t make you feel good, ditch it. If you need something, mindfully add it in.
If you don’t feel right eating animals and animal products, then don’t. I know some vegans who truly felt like they needed to start eating meat, so they did. But, they felt a lot of shame and guilt around it.
Nobody should influence or shame you into eating a certain way. We all have a different genetic makeup that involves vitamin absorption (or not), gluten tolerance, sweet and sour taste preferences, protein or fat breakdown, etc. We are all so different.
There should be no guilt around your choices and nobody knows what is right for your body, except you! (And your health & wellness team)
As a Nutritionist, I support you wherever you are. I know that one “diet” does not suit all. I create recipes that suit YOUR needs and that could include meat, fish or eggs.
What diet do I follow?
I eat food that nourishes my body and mind, without guilt or shame.
Thanks for reading to the end.