Vegetarian, pescatarian, carnivore? What do you identify with? Labels are often constricting, so why bother with them when you can eat a well-balanced, healthy diet ++ be happy with what you’re fueling your body with? Consider adopting a flexitarian or *label-free* diet —
Labels limit our options, especially when it comes to food. Putting yourself in a box when choosing what to eat can be dangerous because it implies not always listening to what your body wants or needs. However, when your body craves something, you should feed it with yummy food that’s going to make you happy inside + out. : )
Eating label-free doesn’t mean you have to throw away the idea of eating well + healthy. You can still enjoy your avocado salads + fresh fruit smoothies as much as that slice of chocolate cake. ; ) Intuitive eating is eating what ya want, when ya want, which creates a special relationship between mind + body — you are trusting yourself + that is SO important.
You have the freedom + power to make your own decisions, especially about what you’re putting into your body. Think *well-balanced* rather than vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, carnivore, paleo, or any other trend-based diet. It makes shopping so much easier when you only have to worry about picking out lean meats // protein, fresh fruits // veggies, nuts // seeds, + whole grains — foods that don’t list a million ingredients + are almost label-free. Your local grocery store or farmer’s market will have all the options you’re looking for ++ there are plenty of label-free recipes than consist of only whole foods.
Consider adopting the *flexitarian* label, if any, because it embraces moving away from a meat-heavy diet + eating significantly more whole grains, legumes, fruits, + vegetables. The flexitarian diet is flexible, allowing you to find balance in what you choose to fuel your body with. You may eat meat once a week at dinner, or eat entirely plant-based for months at a time — it’s up to you! Only you know what’s good for your body, so listen to it.
ALWAYS EAT FOR YOU
While there are plenty of pros // cons of any diet, there’s no one way of eating that’s better or worse than another. For example, meat is typically considered part of a well-balanced diet, but it’s also very possible to get all the same nutrients you need without eating any meat at all. We are all unique, so why should the way we eat be any different?
If you’re thinking about adopting a label-free diet, remember some tips for making the most of all your meals — weekend meal prep, eating balanced meals, making meals colorful, + lots of fruits // veggies. Remember that everything is good in moderation, but don’t forget to #treatyoself. ; )
Try label-free eating for a week + share your journey with us on Insta at #CHAARGeats! <3
++ Cassie [@cassiem_inchaarg] // Belmont University