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11 Healthy Eating Principles for You and Your Family

In this article you will learn:

  • Some simple and powerful strategies to meal plan and eat healthfully

  • What to avoid in your decision-making process when it comes to food and food preparation

Take it Further:

The information in this article is a summary of some in-depth work covered in my landmark textbook, Dance Your Way Through Life. You can check out a copy on my books page and also schedule a free 30 minute discovery call with me to implement these principles into your life.

The Details:

Below is a brief review of some of the eating principles I try to live by and teach others to live by. Treat these as simple reminders and if you need help implementing them or have questions, don't be afraid to reach out.

1. Have a loose plan of what you’re going to eat every week based on staple ingredients in your kitchen, but don’t over-plan your meals and make it a chore. Keep a list of healthy, satisfying foods that you always want to have in stock and allow for some variety week to week. Standardize one meal out of the day with a healthy shake, and also let one meal be spontaneous based on what your body is telling you.

2. Have a contingency plan in place for when you travel or go out so that you can still stick to your principles but also have fun. I used to bring olive oil or ghee with me in tiny bottles when I’d travel because getting high-quality fats at hotels and restaurants is very rare. Fats are expensive and most places will cheap out and use crap like soybean oil. Having fats on you will not only make your meal healthy by mitigating these problems, but also make it more satisfying as well. Another great idea is to take the leftovers home and re-combine them with some vegetables and healthy fats. This is a great way to enjoy an occasional deviation from your principles and not feel too bad about it.

3. Say grace or give thanks before every meal. Use each of your meal times as a mini-Gratitude session and put your phone away. Take a few moments of silence, appreciate your food and eat slowly. Take some time to enjoy the completion of your food when you’ve hit your last bite and really let that experience settle in so that you train your mind and body on what it feels like to be full and satisfied. Do not eat when you are stressed, and do not cause stress while you are eating- like logging into Facebook and getting into a political war in between bites or arguing with people around you or on the phone. Remember that your meal time is sacred and one of the most important times of the day.

4. If you have some cleanup to do in your eating based on what you’ve learned but are having trouble letting those things go, research and find healthy replacements that are also satisfying. When I stopped eating gluten it took a little effort at first to figure out what I’d put in its place, but it can be a lot of fun and you will get creative discovering options you never even knew existed. Rather than eliminate, learn to replace instead with satisfying, healthy options. It can take a little research and sampling, but there are lots of great tasting products out there that, believe it or not, are also good for you.

5. Forget about calories, pounds, protein grams, body fat percentage and every other

measuring system you’ve learned with dieting. Focus instead on high-quality, nutritious food that is also satisfying to your palate. Eat this food mindfully and your body will do the rest.