I was curious about this too.
As I follow my current path, transitioning from the sick care system towards one more focused on health and wellness, I am more inquisitive about the what, how, and why people eat. I have become more focused on an integrative approach to nutrition.
Then I had the wonderful opportunity to talk with Ginny Wright, owner of BBG Fitness, about her journey.
Her discovery began as a young mother. “Remember when bagels became the thing? I was eating bagels, bananas, and low fat everything. I have always enjoyed being active but I found myself exhausted after all my workouts. I couldn’t quite figure it out. At that point I started reading more about nutrition and health.”
From there she tried the Zone Diet and began to feel better but after a while that sluggish feeling returned. Over the course of the next couple of decades she tried a variety of specific “diets” including strict vegan then vegetarian. What she discovered was profound.
Eating healthy is not found in mathematical equations, calories in, calories out, or playing the numbers game with the scale. As Ginny explains, it is about listening to “what your body is telling you”.
Simply put, pay attention to how your body feels. After you eat key into your mind and body’s emotional state. Focus your attention on the body’s energy level.
This is simple. In its simplicity there is an opportunity and a challenge to pause and be more mindful of what your are eating. Everyone’s biology is different. Known as bio-individuality, it means what works for one person may not work for another. Ginny says, “Experiment!” and discover what makes your body feel energized and vibrant.
What works best for Ginny? “My rule is to eat whole foods from the earth. I avoid processed food, I avoid added sugar and I eat a plant based diet with smaller amounts of lean animal proteins. This I have found keeps me energized and feeling great!”
Along the way Ginny developed another passion, the art of creating colorful and tasty dishes. She realized healthy foods with visual appeal taste better! Just take a look at the photos here. You don’t have to be a Rembrandt to artfully arrange any dish. Stacking, playing with shapes, and of course adding in a variety of colors will make it look good and provide a healthy mix of nutrients.
This one step, listening to your body, will have you making smarter food choices, without denial or deprivation. No need to strong arm your willpower!
Thank you Ginny for the inspiration!