Besides working as a coach for the Sex Surge and the peri-menopause transition, I work as a health educator for a local insurance company. It get a chance to interact with the public, share my knowledge, and dispel popular myths about food, health, and other body stuff. It’s fun, too!
One of the most popular questions I get asked is “What should I eat?” Or, conversely, “Can I eat X? So-and-so said it’s bad for you.” There is so much information floating around out there. And a lot of it is…not the most reliable, shall we say?
So, since Summer is making itself known- and there are so many new and fun foods ripe and ready- let’s talk about what’s good to eat in the Summer.
The answer is: everything.
Ice cream? Yes.
Hot dogs? Yes.
Corn on the cob? Yes.
With butter? Hell, yes. (I like it with lime juice and salt, too- no butter. SO YUMMY.)
I know it sounds like I’m going crazy, but here’s the thing: there is almost no food that’s bad for you.
Some foods are bad for you if that one item is all you eat.
In fact, most foods are bad for you if you pick one and only eat it for a long time. You might stay alive, but your body will leach missing nutrients and resources from within your own body stores to fill the needs. This is why we don’t do ‘The Grapefruit Diet’ (or any of its cousins anymore).
What’s best for our body is to have many, many kinds of nutrients. And that means we need to eat many, many kinds of foods.
What you put in your mouth, to a great extent, is what your body uses to make everything it needs. And because your body needs many kinds of resources- it has to build heart muscle, eyelashes, and hormones, after all- we need to feed it all different kinds of foods.
And, truly, that means all different kinds of foods.
One of the best ways to get all different kinds of foods is to eat with the seasons. Dig into all the tasty goodness that summer has to offer- the fruits and vegetables and all the wonderful ways they can be eaten! And when the Fall rolls around, dig into all the tasty goodness that season has to offer. And around the circle through Winter and Spring as well.
The thing is, food is such a wonderful part of life, I don’t believe we should omit any of it from our life. If it makes us feel bad or sick, or has questionable ingredients we might need to reconsider our choices- although, some Doritos now and then is not going to kill you, and it probably makes life more fun!
So, make your food life full of fun this summer. Eat some of everything. There are no limits; get creative! And enjoy the heck out of it. That’s what life is about, after all.