Your Journey to Optimum Intake
"Is this healthy?"
I had to do a blog about this. It's something I've needed to put into words for awhile now. Hopefully this article will make more sense of my pauses or "hmm" or head scratching that I may do when you ask me the question:
"Is this healthy?" I get asked this all the time, usually accompanied by a photo of a nutritional content label or the actual food item. Truth is: it's probably not if you have to ask. BUT, small caveat here, I'm a meet-you-where-you're-at kinda naturopath and I filter my response where each patient is in their journey to optimum health. I filter through each patient before answering. Any improvement in the eating habit du jour is fabulous in my book!
I should also mention, "healthy" is defined differently based on source. For example, type in "good fats" online and there are "reputable" sources that say dairy and cheese are "extremely nutritious and healthy." It's all so overwhelming, especially the discrepancies you'll find out there. So it's no wonder you're confused! I am but one source that you hopefully will trust to give you the real skinny on healthy eating. Naturopaths tend to be more "finicky" or picky on what you allow into your body.
Here's an attempt at a very simple explanation to all this (it's so much more complex!). We know that we can heal our bodies based on what we put in it or on it. So any improvement, no matter how small the shift, is a step in the right direction. I know change in any form is difficult, so I typically ask patients to follow the baby-steps method to get closer to optimum intake.
The criteria determining where you are along your path to optimum eating starts with how much or little you're eating of the following: