“No matter how healthily you’re eating, if it’s causing you stress to do so, you’re not eating healthily.”
That’s the most valuable lesson I’ve learned from my friend, author, and (vegan) certified nutritionist, Sid Garza-Hillman. And it’s one that has changed the way I eat.
So how much stress does your diet cause you? See if any of these sound familiar:
“I struggle to get enough variety and I’m bored with my diet.”
“When I get home late from work, I usually just end up microwaving something from the freezer or getting takeout.”
“I have trouble finding time to plan ahead, and end up wasting a lot of food and eating junk.”
“A lot of times I just end up eating snacks as meals, even though I know this isn’t good.”
“I’m worried I don’t get the nutrition I need as a plant-based athlete.”
If I had a piece of tofu for every time I’ve heard one of these concerns from a No Meat Athlete reader or listener … well, I’d have a lot of tofu.
And you know what they all are, right?
What’s funny is that with all the progress plant-based diets have made in the past decade, these are the exact same issues I used to get emails about when I first started this blog seven years ago (and back then, I was dealing with the same issues myself!).
There’s a disconnect here: we’re all eating better, or at least we’re trying to. And despite some confusion around controversial foods, we know more than ever about what’s good and what’s bad, with the trend clearly moving in the direction of whole foods.
So why are so many people still having these same issues? Why is there still so much stress around eating a healthy, whole-food plant-based diet?
There’s not just one answer, but I can give you three big ones:
- Misconceptions about what’s actually healthy (or necessary).
- Overly complicated approaches to nutrition — yep, I’m calling out calorie-counting and even macronutrient ratios here.
- My favorite topic of all … habits. In this case, bad ones.
On that third point: rather than having a plan in place — a plan where the default is healthy food, built into the very structure your day — most people’s food choices vary wildly. And they vary according to factors that are more or less random … factors like what time they got out of work, whether they happen to have leftovers in the fridge, and let’s face it, what they happen to be craving.
It’s time to bust out of the rut, clear up the misconceptions, and simplify the way we eat.
So who did I call in? You guessed it: Sid Garza-Hillman, the guy who got me thinking this way in the first place. For an epic, 90-minute conversation around this very topic, where we break down the big three problems above to help you remove the stress from your diet … so it can be as healthy as it ought to be.
But I know 90 minutes is a lot, so to help you fit it in to your day, I’ve broken the recording into three, bite-size chunks (see what I did there?), starting with Part 1 today.
Click the play button below to listen now: