You are what you eat, but what do I eat?

Raw food, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, ovo-lacto vegetarian…..whatever the other labels are, I’ve been them all. What am I now? Depends on the day really. I don’t label myself anymore, I no longer feel the need. I do what’s best for me!

Here’s what I do know for sure! Raw food meaning only consuming raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds with only being able to dehydrate items to make crackers out of things like vegetable shavings & flax seeds was not for me at all! I bought all the gadgets (vitamix, spiralizer, dehydrates ect) & read many books I still own just incase anyone ever wants to read them. I worked really really hard to make delicious things & at the end of the day my stomach just plain hurt. Too much to digest for me. I felt like I was lacking things & I’m sure I was. I kept this up a few months & swore I would never do that again. I believe some raw vegetables are excellent to add in your diet, I’m a salad junkie but most of us just can’t digest too many raw veggies. Good for those it works for, it was just not for me.

Plant based. Eating primarily plants (veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds) very little to no grains, meat or dairy. Each person is different how much they let in but those products should be used as condiments not the main courses. Mainly meals are made from plants, raw or cooked. I did the best with this lifestyle & still basically follow it today! When I adapted a primary plant based lifestyle 2 years ago, I lowered my bad cholesterol by quite a few points & lost 15 pounds. So I’m a fan. I seem to feel the best when I eat this way. When I find myself eating more dairy, I get an upset stomach & meat (beef particularly) makes me feel like I have rocks in my gut & sluggish for days.

Vegetarian is a loose term. You eat mostly anything except actual animal flesh (chicken, pork, beef, fish ect). Pescatarian add just fish. A lot of vegetarians I’ve come across (even myself when I was 16) can become very unhealthy & what I’ve actually heard people use “junk food vegetarians”. Think about it, pizza is vegetarian, pasta & bread are vegetarian, potato chips & nachos are vegetarian and so on I’m sure you catch my drift! I’ve heard people joke they are even vegetarians who do not eat vegetables! What?! (True story). So if you choose to be vegetarian, please eat vegetables & leave to just food alone!

Vegan. No animal product or bi-products so no eggs, cheese, whey, gelatin or things made from animals like leather. The list is extensive & even includes honey (which doesn’t make sense really to me, no one is forcing the bees to make honey but I respect so people have an issue with this) . I think I tried to be vegan but was really not vegan because I ate vegan for a while but did not give up things like leather I may already own & still used honey. This is probably the most restrictive & dedicated lifestyle to follow. I give credit to those that can truly do it & I know the impact it is having on the environment in the long run if more of us would adapt this lifestyle, I do my best but am not able to fully commit.

There is no need to call ourselves anything. Healthy eating should just be the goal. Make healthier choices each week & you’ll see dramatic positive impacts! Ideally limiting dairy & grains, buying humanly raised pasture raised meat products (free of antibiotics & hormones), eating lots of fresh fruits & vegetables (local and/or organic) when avail, any or all of these options are excellent for your health!

Eat, drink & be well!

~Jill

We don’t say diet here.

I am never on a “diet” I am always seeking ways to better my life choices for not just my body but my mind as well. I feel like everyone is on a “diets”. AKA usually those people feel they need to lose weight. I actually hate the word diet, it makes people crazy. “I can’t eat that, I’m on a diet” or “I can’t wait until this diet is over & I can have (fill in the blank) again” . People always seem to be on ANOTHER diet, meaning the first 5 they tried didn’t work. Diets suck you into an endless loop of excitement to try it because you’ve seen all the results others had, social media is the worst for this, you can hashtag any diet ever invented & see a 1000 pictures of people who had extreme success adding to your excitement! So from this excitement you go out & buy everything you need to start said diet or better yet spend a fortune & order a kit right from a company promising you success. (Disclaimer here, I think any healthy lifestyle choice is a good one & if you stick with it & it works for you AWESOME I am very happy for you & proud of you, I’m just trying to show you there are other ways 😀)

So step one to your diet is you read all the rules. What you can or cant have & why. Most is true in its own right for SOME people, other might people might be better off doing it differently but they won’t know that because they started THIS with all their friends (ps these will be the people most upset ). Right from the start at-least some participants are already dreading this “diet” because they can’t have this or that, things they LOVE, things that aren’t necessarily bad for you, you just can’t have it here. Your mind already starts thinking about the end before you even begin. “Is this for you?” “How are you going to do it for x amount of time?” ” how will I eat out?” And so on…

Day one! “Yes, I made it, not so bad..”

Day two. “Ok I can do this”

Day 3. ” Stupid diet.”

Day 4 “😡”

Day 5 “Is it a cheat day yet??? Maybe it wouldn’t be too bad if I had some (blah blah) today”

Day 6 “Cheat day! Yay!”

Day 7″I really don’t think that diet works, I don’t feel any different”

Ok maybe a little dramatic there but does any of that sound familiar?

Here’s the other side. You make it, you cut out all the bad stuff, you made it past the angry phase, you feel great, you lost some weight, you are on top of the world, where do you go from here??? That’s up to you now, stay on the regimented your “diet” or go on your own ( which most people do) & prob make some bad choices soon that send you feeling bad again & you start to justify why you’re doing them. Until you are back where you started & looking for the next “diet”

Either way your always searching for SOMEONE ELSE to tell YOU exactly how to take care of yourself. Other people shouldn’t dictate exactly what you feed yourself in a day, what time & how much. It’s just not sustainable for most (there are some who do very well living this way but not many).

When I was naming my website I chose Everybody’s Nutrition because I wanted to be an outlet every-body could find helpful life style tips in hopes they would find things that work for them. When I speak with people about nutrition I don’t tell them exactly what they should eat, we go through options that may be beneficial to them.

I am going to let you in on a secret (it’s not really a secret lol just really a reminder)

If you do any or all of these things YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT (since this is why most people go on “diet” in the first place) feel better & your body will thank you for it!

Drink more water

Exercise daily (to whatever ability you are able to)

Cut out “white foods” pasta, rice, bread, SUGAR especially (it’s in everything!)

Limit alcohol

Some need to also limit legumes/beans

Full each plate with 50% vegetable (they fill you up & give you fiber most of us are lacking)

Don’t be afraid of healthy fats (avocado, nuts, coconut oil, fish)

Make sure you’re getting enough protein

Forgive yourself if you have a bad day & eat really horrible! YOU ARE ONLY HUMAN & you’re not on a “diet”so that’s perfectly acceptable! Tomorrow is a new day!

Start small, don’t jump into the whole list tomorrow, start with water, for a few days if you’re not a big water drinker drink more, give your body a good flush then move on to your next healthy life style choice!

It’s not a race, it’s your life & you are awesome for wanting to better it!!

Until next time, take care of your body & soul it’s the only one you’ve got!

Stay well & drink more water!

Jill