Today I’m writing about a topic I’ve been really excited to share with you all for awhile- my thoughts on all the crazy elimination diets and how to listen to your internal cues. Usually, I like posting recipes, but as I’ve started to become influenced by other bloggers and people involved in this community, I’ve formed my own opinions based off of my own experiences and what has worked best for me! So, I’m going to start posting some more of these article-style posts, which will hopefully clarify some of the buzzwords in the health world and give you all some insight as to how it influences my opinions.
On platforms such as Instagram, many elimination or detox diets have become popular amongst bloggers and the food industry alike. As a promotional, attention-grabbing tool, many people advertise cleanse diets, most of which are short term diets lasting a couple weeks or less. These diets, such as juice cleanses or “tea detoxes,” fasting, and extreme elimination diets are portrayed as a solution or remedy for losing weight and becoming healthier. Using catch phrases and persuasive claims, many companies will attempt to sell you a cleanse, such as popular ones that involve drinking only protein shakes. Similarly, some bloggers or influencers will tell you that a celery juice cleanse, for example, is necessary after holiday eating.
From the messages and inspiration I’ve gathered in this space, I believe that these types of restrictive diets are unhealthy, not only for your body but for your mental relationship with food. In order to truly be healthy, you must be strong enough to fuel yourself with a variety of nutritious foods, rather than deprive your body of what it needs so you can achieve a particular weight or look. Essentially, many of these diets involve nearly starving yourself so you can “cleanse” your body.
Real, healthy food, in my opinion, meaning locally sourced foods that are rich in nutrients and made with just a few wholesome ingredients, are the best way to cleanse your body. In fact, rather than cleansing, I would think of it as resetting your body. When you feel sick, eat the foods that make you feel better. That’s all.
Food is something that’s supposed to be fun, and occasionally it’s important to enjoy unhealthy food here and there with friends. But, if you eat too many heavy foods one day and wake up feeling sick the next, don’t starve yourself. Instead, eat the hearty foods that make you feel strong and energized. For me, smoothie bowls or oatmeal always do the trick. Rather than an artificially flavored protein shake, I believe that whole foods will fuel and repair your body much better.
As far as elimination diets such as gluten free and dairy free diets go specifically, I think each person individually needs to make their own decisions based off of how they feel when they eat certain foods. Does whole grain pasta and bread make you feel strong and healthy? Great, eat it! Does whole milk yogurt keep you feel for hours? Add it to your smoothies! Vice versa, if a certain food or food group makes you feel sick, it’s okay to take a break from eating it for awhile. Personally speaking, I know that I’ve been taking a break from dairy because it’s hard for me to digest, while I still eat whole grains and gluten often.
So, really, my point here is to LISTEN TO YOUR OWN BODY. Don’t hop on the gluten free bandwagon because a model claims everyone needs to to be healthy, don’t “cleanse” yourself for days after indulging in some ice cream, and don’t ignore how you tend to feel after eating certain foods. Everyone is completely different, so it’s important to decide for yourself what makes you healthiest. As for me, I’ll keep blending up smoothies 😉
Thanks loves and please share with friends and family if you like what I have to say!