Posted on September 16, 2022
What Kind of Eater Are You?
Seems like an odd question, doesn’t it?
What kind of Eater am I? What does that mean??
I’m glad you asked!
This is about how you like to eat now. What is your current daily rhythm?
Because I don’t teach “stick to the meal plan”. Instead, I teach “find the right foods for you” based on your personal biochemistry.
Let’s face it – lifestyle/diet change isn’t always easy for people.
By starting with the foods you like to eat, and noting when you like to eat them, you create a baseline to work from.
Work in harmony with your body.
Lifestyle should be fun, easy to do things that make you feel good.
That starts with understanding how and what you like to eat.
I teach you how to tune into your body and apply some basic principles to improve your health and diabetes related complications. A good way to start is to begin to notice how you feel after eating.
Pay extra attention to foods you suspect may be problematic for you. These are typically foods that you suspect increase bloating, or a sluggish feeling. Also, if you react to a food, it can take a few hours – even up to a few days for you to really feel the symptoms.
Hint: if you are constipated often, that is a good sign you are eating something that is causing a slowdown. Gluten and grains are common culprits here.
The reality is, any eating plan can work for you, depending on your personal biochemistry. Once you learn to eat right for your body, that’s when the magic starts to happen.
Grab a notebook to keep handy. Take some notes, pay attention to foods you crave, foods you go to often, and then note how you feel after meals. One teacher likes to refer to this as a food/mood/poop journal. The gold standard in information gathering when it comes to digestive health.
Notice “mood” is in the journal. People who are eating foods they are sensitive to will often experience both gut and mood symptoms. Several studies support a correlation between gut health and mental health.
A good reminder to check in with yourself. Take a moment for a deep breath and an internal question “how am I feeling right now?”. Just that bit will be enough for you to anchor your attention back into the body. Make a note in your journal. Soon, patterns become apparent. It can be a very informative process.
The best way to get your personal baseline is to note what you ate, the time you ate it, and then note any changes in mood, or bowel behavior, etc. You only need to do this for a couple of weeks to get a very clear picture of your personal patterns. You may also note, times when you feel more stressed. That can be correlate for many folks too.
As you are noting the foods you feel good eating, those foods become your starting point for the new meals you’ll learn to create.
Simple Steps Nutrition.com