Are You in a Food Rut?

Do you find yourself eating the same things, day after day? Is it because you like the predictability of routine or because you just don’t know how or what to cook? If you are struggling with your weight, have low energy, problems sleeping, generalized aches, persistent headaches, or allergy-like symptoms, your monotonous eating habit may be the cause.

When the same foods are eaten, day in and day out, your body can develop a sensitivity to properties in a specific food. That kind of sensitivity is like a trigger, causing an inflammatory response in the body. The inflammation can be in the gut, causing gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea; it can be in the brain, causing headaches; or it can be in the form of pain in muscles and joints.

Many people feel that the answer is to cut out all gluten and dairy foods, as these are common culprits. But, that’s like giving a cookie-cutter diet to everyone and we know that doesn’t work.

So, what can you do?

Variety    

Not only is it the spice of life, but it ensures that you get a wide-range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Make sure to eat different fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and healthy fats everyday.

Anti-inflammatory foods  

We know that there are foods that promote inflammation in the body, such as white, refined foods, sugar, saturated fat, and trans fat (think along the lines of fried chicken, french fries and a soda). Instead, you can fill yourself with disease-fighting, inflammation-reducing, whole, real foods. Some examples are fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains (in their true, from the Earth form), legumes (beans, lentils), nuts and seeds, omega-3s (wild Alaskan salmon, flax seed, walnuts), and monounsaturated fats (olive oil, avocado, almonds).

Try something new  

If you don’t know how to cook, it would be a good idea to get a cooking lesson or two. It’s a smart investment in your future. If you can follow a recipe, then look online at places like www.Eatingwell.com or www.cookinglight.com for some inspiration. If you are always dining out or picking up pre-made food from the market, make sure to seek out healthy options and change it up each time you go.

You are not doomed to a life of “same food, different day.” Make it a point to buy a new fruit or vegetable next time you go to the market, try a different item on the menu, or bring home something different for dinner. When you do this, not only do you increase the variety of what you eat, but you will find more pleasure in your food and dining experiences.

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