Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Simple Healthy Eats?
Simple Healthy Eats is a real food approach to eating that compliments any healthy lifestyle. We focus on creating sustainable, healthy habits that you can do every day as easily and as simply as possible.
2. Are you a certified nutritionist?
I’m actually a holistic health coach 🙂 I completed my training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and received my official IIN Health Coach credentials in May 2017. While my certification doesn’t allow me the same scope of practice as a nutritionist or registered dietitian, a health coach is a useful tool everyone can benefit from! No matter what you would like to work on, a health coach can help you make lasting lifestyle changes that allow you to reach your goals. We even make a great support system in addition to your RD or CN.
3. Is Simple Healthy Eats a “diet”?
No way! Simple Healthy Eats is a perception of food. It’s all about catering to your body, not working against it. We work to create eating habits that promote physical, mental, and emotional health, while removing the stuff from your diet that’s not contributing to your healthy lifestyle.
4. Does simple mean boring?
Absolutely not! This is not a diet of grilled chicken and steamed broccoli by any means. By utilizing a variety of fresh ingredients that are easy to prepare, you are likely to discover a love for fresh vegetables and new flavors that you may not have experienced before. By eating by the Simple Healthy Eats approach you’ll have the chance to learn how delicious real food really is!
5. What foods are recommended in the Simple Healthy Eats approach?
Vegetables, protein, and healthy fats are the “focus foods” of every meal.
Vegetables are the largest portion of food on your plate (about half of the meal), while protein is the next largest in volume (with one or two palm-sized portions). Healthy fats are the smallest in volume, but are definitely important to eat for satiety, hormone function, and overall health. Although healthy fats are the smallest portion of your meals, healthy fats will actually be a large bulk of your calories because they are so calorically dense.
The Simple Healthy Eats approach also advocates for a small amount of starchy vegetables and fruit (and occasionally some gluten-free whole grains and legumes) as part of a healthy, real food source of carbohydrates. The actual amount depends on your goals, activity level, and overall state of health.
6. What foods are not recommended in the Simple Healthy Eats approach?
I recommend removing foods made with industrial seed oils, most soy (except that which is fermented, organic, and consumed in small amounts), refined grains (especially refined wheat) and sugar (except small amounts of maple syrup, stevia, raw honey, or organic coconut sugar).
I will never include:
- Industrial oils (canola, soybean, corn, etc.)
- GMOs (ex: GMO corn and soy)
- Soy protein, soybean oil, or soy milk
- Artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors, and flavors
- High fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, or refined cane sugar
7. Is Simple Healthy Eats low carb?
Simple Healthy Eats is a moderate carb approach that depends highly on your individual needs. The key is that we focus on carbohydrate quality, not quantity. There is room for fruit, starchy vegetables, some grains, and some legumes, but the amount will vary based on how you feel, what your goals are, and your current state of health.
8. Do I have to eat organic?
No, but it’s worth it! We are what we eat. Organic food is grown and made without genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or harmful pesticides, so if we want to avoid those, we have to eat organic foods. Tip: the easiest way to get the most for your money is to prioritizing buying organic produce that are on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of the highest rated pesticides in produce. The quality of animal protein we eat is also very important, so I recommend buying organic meats, poultry, dairy, and eggs. This way you can avoid eating animals that have been fed GMO feed, given antibiotics, or injected with growth hormones.
9. Is Simple Healthy Eats paleo?
While Simple Healthy Eats is not technically paleo, it is very similar to the paleo principles of eating real food. Although the Simple Healthy Eats approach has many things in common with the paleo movement, I still think there’s room in our healthy eating habits for dairy, some grains and legumes, and little amounts of fermented and organic soy depending on your individual intolerances and allergies.
10. Should I count calories?
No! Counting calories is NOT recommended and absolutely advocated against. Falling into the calorie-counting rabbit hole is negative for a few reasons: 1) it promotes disordered eating, 2) it takes you out of a mindful eating practice, 3) it influences you to lose touch with your body and natural hunger signals, 4) and lastly, in most cases it isn’t even very accurate – talk about wasted effort!
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