THIS is the perfect diet!

Post by  Krista Harrison -  a holistic nutritionist, culinary nutrition expert, reflexologist and reiki practitioner. 

A diet that has no judgement, only acceptance. A diet that allows you to choose the foods you want. A diet that acknowledges the beauty in not only our food, but the environment and the connections of people. A diet that balances our emotional, spiritual, mental and physical sides of us. A diet that when followed gives us energy and fills us with joy. A diet that when followed grounds us in our truth. Are you excited to find out what this miracle diet is? What do you think it is?

  • Atkins Diet.
  • The Zone Diet.
  • Vegetarian Diet.
  • Vegan Diet.
  • Weight Watchers Diet.
  • South Beach Diet.
  • Raw Food Diet.
  • Mediterranean Diet.

The truth is, it could be none of the above, all of the above or a combination.  The diet - or really way of life - is uniquely yours .... and free! You see when you really listen to what fuels your body and what leaves you feeling tired and weak, instead of conforming to the latest diet fad, you will feel far better! ... and gain the results YOU want. The key to this diet?  It is a willingness to stop, breathe and listen.  A willingness to let go of what you think you need to do, should do or have to do.  A willingness to learn, expand and grow.  A willingness to let go of what others may think or say and rely on your innate wisdom.

There is so much persuasion, and to an extent, guilt to follow certain rules, in order to have a certain outcome, which by the way is determined by who?  You?  Or someone else?

Now, let me be clear that your body will not tell you that it wants Pringles, Skittles or Reeses Pieces. It may crave those so-called foods, but at the cellular level, it wants quite the opposite - whole, nutrient dense foods. The quantity and type is determined by your unique biochemical self.  This will always change as your body changes - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I encourage you to read blogs, experiment with recipes incorporating various foods, listen to podcasts, sign up for seminars and workshops, BUT sift through the information, listen to what you need and start building your own tool box and guidelines for your own "diet" - really it is a way of life.  

Diet would imply short term.  

All these tid bits begin to form a platform on which YOU choose to stand. I get excited by food and creating new dishes in the kitchen!  It is this feeling I try and bring to you.  However, the feeling of pure joy creating a dish that is nourishing my family, tastes darn delicious and puts a smile on my kids faces cannot be translated into words.  Each time a recipe is made it will be different even if you follow it exactly.  The mood you are in, what is going on around you, how much time you have are just some ways your recipe can change.  This is the beauty of culinary nutrition.  I encourage you to try new foods, new dishes, and find what works for you. There are so many ideas and beliefs on food: wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, non GMO, chemical-free or preservative-free, food combining, morning fasting, eat 3 big meals, eat 5 small meals .... you get it.

What works for you at this moment?  Know that you are not confined by your choices in this moment.  Your health journey and food choices will take twists and turns and it is important to learn how to be flexible and most of all compassionate with ourselves. Optimal health is balancing our emotional, mental, spiritual and physical self.  It is about eating foods that nourish our own unique body.  It is about being mindful and present to every thought, word and action.  It is about choosing exercise that suits us.  It is about being honest with our emotions and surrounding ourselves with friends and family to support us. Health is not defined by the Atkins or paleo diet or any other diet.  The failure with these diets is the lack of balancing all facets of our self. Don't get lost in the gimmicks, but rather focus on whole foods, locally grown and sustainable.

The dance of finding out who you are and what works best for you is incredibly healing. Embracing the beauty of whole foods that deliver amazing nourishment for our bodies is something worth celebrating! So are you ready to dig in and find the perfect diet?

"Never stop learning, as life never stops teaching"

- author unknown