It's important that your diet contain a variety of foods. Your plate should be colorful and appealing, with textures, flavors, and aromas, all combining to bring you a pleasant experience. If you have selective tastes, try adding one new food each week.
Over desire for hyper-palatable foods and over hunger due to deprivation are responsible for a great deal of poor food choices. Learning to crowd out unhealthy foods with nourishing food is key to fueling your body with what it needs.
When you prepare your own food, it's more likely to retain most of its nutritional value than if you buy prepared food. Also, our attitudes and emotions contribute to the enjoyment of a meal for ourselves and our family or friends. Planning and preparing meals gives a loving part of you away, and the return is worth it!
Unless you are under strict doctor's instructions, do not limit salt, seasonings, herbs, spices, and anything else you feel will help you enjoy your food. I also do not advise my clients to avoid anything they love completely, unless it makes them miserable. Eating should be yummy and wonderful!
Have you ever come home from a wonderful vacation, only to get sick? I used to get sick every time I left home, sometimes even before my trip was over. Three years ago, our family went on a vacation to San Diego. We had a blast. We stayed in a hotel with a pool, we went to the beach every day, played in the waves, swimming and boogie boarding, and we had a great day at Magic Mountain, my favorite.
When we got home I had a double ear infection and a bladder infection. I was miserable, though not at all surprised. This was was routine for me. I had 2 rounds of antibiotics and then promptly got strep throat, having annihilated all my gut bacteria.
Two and a half years ago I did a 5-day cleanse, and I haven't been sick since, although I have been on lots of trips, swim regularly, and go camping several times each summer. My flora is amazing! No infections. To me it has been a miracle, and my body rocks! Well...I'm still not a "10" but I FEEL fabulous.
Please feel free to use my Vacation Guide to Restaurant Eating