Are you feeling more confused about what to eat than ever before? Do you have no idea about what is healthy and would like to feel more confident in the choices you make?
Research shows conflicting evidence on what a healthy diet looks like. Every day there are new articles promoting a certain food item to be healthy, then the next article says exactly the opposite. Should we be consuming dairy? Is animal protein an essential part of a healthy diet? What about eggs and soy?
I don't blame you for being confused. I have been searching for answers for years. You can't blindly trust what you read. It’s best to figure out where the information is coming from. What is the true source? Who paid to get the study published? Is there a conflict of interest? In other words; follow the money trail.
The food industry is deliberately creating confusion so that they can win at their marketing game. If there is confusion, there is an opportunity for them to convince you of their products. By doing your own research you may find true answers to the questions above.
Where to start?
I started educating myself by watching documentaries about the food industry. There are many documentaries out there showing evidence that something in our food system just isn't right. My top 10 are favourite docu's are:
1. Hungry for Change
2. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
3. What the Health
5. The Game Changers
6. Forks over Knives
7. Rotten (a Netflix series)
8. Food Inc.
9. That Sugar Film
10. Explained (a Netflix series)
Why is it important to eat healthy?
I believe that food is medicine. Staying hydrated and eating nourishing nutrient-dense foods is the best thing you can do not only for your physical, but also your mental health. The right foods will give you energy, build up your immune system and reduce inflammation. Evidence also shows there is a gut-brain connection and that the foods you eat directly affect how you feel.
The most important reason that I eat a well-balanced healthy diet is for energy. When I feel energised, I make better choices, can pursue my dreams and partake in activities that I love doing. We only get one body in this lifetime. I see it as an investment to look after it so I can live life to the fullest, not just now, but also in the future.
What do I eat?
The results? After years of research, trial and error, I believe that following a whole foods plant-based diet is the healthiest thing you can do. It's been 4 months since I adopted a fully plant-based diet and the changes in both my physical and mental health have been incredible. There are several reasons why I have chosen to go vegan. These are to do with my own health, animal welfare and the environment. I have found my 'why' when it comes to eating plant-based foods. But I recommend you do your own research and find your own conclusions.
If you would love to learn and watch more on this topic, there is an amazing platform called 'Food Matters Tv' or FMTV. It's an educational platform containing lots of inspirational films, documentaries and more.
Love, Morrin x
Bio: Morrin O’Shea has an interest in the connection between body, mind and spirit. She has a background in occupational therapy and is an integrative nutrition health & mindset coach. Her aim is to empower woman by embracing their true selves and consciously creating the life they want. She is also the founder of Wholism.
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