Happy September, my friends! For most of us, this means getting back on track with our scheduling. This often includes meal planning, and for naturopathic medical students, it can mean a chance to try out a new diet that we may recommend to our patients.
We live in an era where people have access to all the information they could ever want, but we are also seeing conditions where people are seeking to manipulate their internal chemistry to perform on the most optimal level, to lose the most amount of weight, to gain the most amount of muscle, among other goals. In the age of Pinterest and Instagram we feel pressure to be perfect in all aspects of our lives, from keeping our apartments tidy to ensuring that our meal planning and dieting is immaculate. We often feel as if we are expected to look top notch at all times. But, we are only human. Sometimes these excessive pressures that come from the age of information can contribute to a darker side of dieting - where our diet no longer becomes about living a healthy lifestyle, but turns into obsessively restricting caloric intake and nutrients, to the point where we are focusing more on our restrictions than what we are taking in.
There’s not much we can do to change the social conditions in which we are existing, but there is much that we can do to change our relationship with them. I’d like to share some tips with you to make the most of your meal planning and healthy eating, and to help you get back on track with being your best self!
Hopefully these tips help you to be a little more mindful about your diet and your motivations for changing it up. As always, consult your healthcare team before making any major changes.