Is this healthy for me? 3 questions to find out…

Is this healthy for me? 3 questions to find out… 

If I had a dime for every time a client, friend, or complete stranger asked me “Is this healthy for me?”, I’d be a damn millionaire.

Ok, maybe not a millionaire. But I’d have a helluva lot of dimes.

And I don’t blame them for asking me. Navigating healthy food these days is effing hard. Never before have we had so much information at our fingertips, and never before have we been more confused about it.

Coming at us from one direction are the big food companies, whose advertising has not only made us believe that the not so healthiest of foods are healthy for us (looking at you, aspertame & fat free food), but whose packaging and labels are constantly changing to stay on trend with the latest healthy fad that suggest the same. I mean, if it says gluten free it must be healthy, right?

Then we have the die hards. You know who I’m talking about. Those people that eat a certain way and make damn sure that everyone around them knows about it. They usually fall under one (if not most) of the categories of vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, or dairy-free, and they will judge you if you eat anything they deem to be “bad”. They want you to know the reasons why all that food you’re eating is going to kill you. They’re angry, probably because they haven’t eaten a donut in years. Just a theory though…

And finally you have people like me, who preach moderation. The ones you want to eat like but you have no idea how to. The people that you think “she doesn’t eat that”, even if she says she does. Everything but not all the things. Self control, mindfulness. Like, honestly… what the fuck does that even mean?? (BTW I wrote about that already, find out what moderations means to you here).

And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. Everywhere you turn there are new foods and foodies convincing you that the last food you thought was healthy for you was in fact NOT, and that this food is.

So yeah, it’s freaking confusing.

Luckily I’ve navigated these waters enough myself and with clients to be able to narrow things down a bit into a set of questions to determine if a food is healthy or not. But before I do, let me disclaim two things…

First, let me start by saying that I do not believe that all “health foods” are created equally. I’m disclaiming that because what might be a healthy food for me might not be healthy for you, and what we’ve been told is unhealthy for us might actually be healthy fo us.

And second, I do not address calories and macros. Not for today’s purpose, anyways. Truth is, I’ve never been a huge fan of counting calories, carbs, protein, or fat. Do I think they’re important? Yes, but not as important as what we’ve all been told they should be. The body is more than a math equation, so treating it as such will only get you so far. The following questions will help you  navigate food at the next level, so if you cannot wrap your mind out of not tracking and counting every bite you eat, that’s ok. You can always come back to this when you’re ready.

In order to find out if a food is healthy for you, ask yourself these 3 questions…

1 – How does it make me feel?

Tune into your body here. About 30 minutes to an hour after you eat, how do you feel? Do you have the energy of 10 lions, or are you feeling about as slow as a sloth? How is your digestion doing? If you feel good and have energy, I’d say that’s a healthy food for you.

2 – How long does it hold me over?

The longer the better here. If a food is really healthy for you, you shouldn’t be starving in less than 2 hours. It should satisfy you and maintain your energy as well as your hunger for at least a few hours.

3 – How are my cravings?

No guessing here, the less cravings the better. If you’re eating a food and are DYING for sweets later or binge on fatty, carby foods… probably not the best for you then.

Forget what you think you know about healthy food. The true test to find out if a food is or is not healthy for you lies in the answers to those 3 questions. You might even want to track your food, making notes as to what you observe about your energy, hunger, and cravings after eating. Then keep a running list of those foods you know you run well on, as well as the foods you don’t. They key here is really tuning in and listening to your body. It tells us all that we need to know.

And for more FREE fit food tips, don’t forget to join my Facebook food prep group, Quick Healthy Cooking with Kenna Fit. You can also download your copy of my new e-book, the Lazy Fit Girl’s Guide to Food Prepping here

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