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How To Eat Right: It’s Not (Always) About Rules

January 17th, 2012

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For all that I promote eating a diet high in proteins, good fats, and greens and low in sugars, I also believe it is important never to get caught up in there being ‘only one right way’.

I don’t even mean that different people have different needs but even that YOU have different needs from time to time. My advice, which I’ve learned the hard way, is to avoid fear of foods or getting stuck in a nutritional rut by occasionally doing things differently or stopping to think about what would truly feel good to eat.

Remember also that variety is very important in nutrition, i.e. if you always get all your good fats from nuts, try something different now and then!

Experimentation with what works for you is something that must evolve indefinitely. So if you have taste fatigue from eating the same old same old, if what once worked is no longer effective, or if you just occasionally wonder if you really have to be SO rigid about things then stop. Forget the ‘rules’ for a bit.

And just think about this –

What food would make you feel good? What are you truly craving? I’m talking about what would make you feel good after the eating of course πŸ™‚

Below is an example of a ‘listening to my body’ day; you’ll notice it’s a little different from the way I often eat or suggest to eat. Hey, rules are there for a reason! But that reason is to give you an initial awareness of what truly works and doesn’t work, and allow you the ability to tune in to your body’s changing needs, it’s NOT to tie you to a way of eating that you never stop and think about or that you become scared to veer away from.

Sample menu plan: ‘listening to my body’

  • 6am: Woman Incredible glutamine, fiber mixed in water
  • 6.30am: long black coffee
  • 7-8am: Muay Thai class
  • 8am: 1 scoop of Vanilla Estrogenomics shaken with water
  • 9am: 3 fried eggs, 1/2 a block of haloumi cheese, a few baby tomatoes and 50 grams of leftover steak
  • 9.30am: long macchiato
  • 10am: weight training workout, German Body Comp
  • 11am: 1/2 a Woman Incredible grass-fed organic protein shake. 1 green apple (yes!), and some blueberries
  • 12.30: broccoli, roast pumpkin (!), rocket, tomato, feta and smoked salmon salad. Long black coffee. Delicious!
  • 3.30: 1 cup of Greek yoghurt, 1/2 a mango, 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds and 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut. Soooo good.
  • 5pm: the other half block of haloumi, pan fried in coconut oil
  • 7pm: out for dinner: saganaki (I know, a bit of a cheese overdose today so I dare say tomorrow will be lower in fat and higher in greens), grilled octopus, braised baby goat, greek salad, mineral water
  • 9pm: another serve of my yoghurt and mango mix: small. 1x Yogi mint-lime tea.

How to eat right: know the basics and then start listening to your body

It’s good to know the basics. To have a foundation and some starting out options as to which foods, meal ideas, recipes are right for health and for looking and feeling your very best for the long-term. The beauty of knowing the basics is that you DO become aware over time of what works for you.

"how to eat right"Almost 2 years ago I the Woman Incredible Look Great Naked Eating plan, and it’s still my best-selling product. It has a full list of recommended and approved foods, explanations, quantity ideas, lots of tips and varied meal plan options so you know how to put it all together. It’s a starting point for creating the healthy lifestyle you don’t have to think about!

Which will make it all become kind ofΒ  – effortless. And that, surely, is the whole idea of this learning thing?

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6 people have commented
  1. Jo says:

    This week, this week this week!!! Pretty please πŸ™‚ Can’t wait xox

  2. Entice says:

    Kat…

    Would this type of eating be permitted once you get your body to the % you want and then start introducing fruit and dairy or can you have it straight away?

    Wouldnt the constant insulin spike of the fruit etc in diet not be great for someone who is looking at losing weight?

    • Kat says:

      Yes, in theory but the point is to not get too caught up in the ‘right’ thing to do. I don’t mean starting eating fruit and yoghurt every day, and for most people who want to get lean I get them to steer clear of those foods at first. But even the most effective rules need to be broken now and then, so if you are NEVER letting yourself eat in a way that spikes insulin your clean eating can basically backfire against you! Give your body a break from routine now and then and get out of ‘fear of food’ as well as boost your metabolism πŸ™‚

      Good luck!

  3. Entice says:

    Hey Kat

    I completely agree with not getting caught up in rules- as I think pyschologically when there are rules in place, we break them and cause this vicious cycle of dieting and not dieting. This is a great lifestyle choice and smart.

    However I’m looking to drop 7% after a two month holiday so am not so lucky yet to be eating mangoes and cheese! But the brilliant thing is, once you lean – I can introduce all the fruit back in! Bang!!!

    πŸ™‚

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