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If you are reading this, you’ve surely started eating clean or are planning to start, very soon. Congratulations! You’re off to a great start.

Clean eating is great. But with all the noise surrounding what maketh a balanced meal — with butter, without butter? Eggs every day? Only the whites? White rice or brown bread? — it can be challenging to create a healthy plate.

However, while the nutrition science community continues the battle on eggs and butter, there are two things they all agree with.

  • Have more plant produce than meats and animal products.
  • Get rid of trans fats, sugar, and refined (processed) foods. …

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Even before you start reading this article, let’s do a little exercise. Take a couple of seconds to reflect on how you are feeling at this very moment.

  1. Distracted, jumping from one thought to another
  2. Dull, slow, and lethargic
  3. Frustrated and irritated

Have you found out what your predominant emotion at the moment is? Now head to a quiet corner. Sit on the floor, keeping your back straight and relaxing your shoulder. This will take less than 5 minutes, and we’ll still be here.

If you have chosen 1:

  • Take a full, deep breath.
  • Exhale slowly.
  • Fold in the index and middle fingers of the right hand so that they touch your palm. …

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Have you ever wondered what people ate or how much when food groups weren’t discovered, when calories wasn’t a word, and when numbers didn’t exist? Couldn’t count, wouldn’t eat healthy?

People stuck to local, seasonal produce, or were forced to do so for the sake of convenience. They went with their gut most of the time, listened to grandparents and folklore, ate when hungry and till they were full, and were very aware of what agreed with them and what didn’t. They ate healthy.

Since then, man’s lifestyle evolved. Man didn’t.

Spoilt for choice and upsold even junk food, trying to eat healthy today can be extremely confusing. And it doesn’t help that we’ve lost touch with a very basic instinct, the ability to understand our food. …

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You’re here. Our guess is that you’re confused or unconvinced about what a balanced meal looks like. You may have had a go at a couple of diet dos and don’ts but nothing really struck a chord with you or stuck, and now you’re more determined than ever to crack the code for the sake of your health. cue champion music

If you’ve been listening to anything we’ve been saying, you’re also probably wondering what a balanced meal looks like for your unique metabolic personality (prakruti). We’ll get there in a bit. But first, let’s address the killjoy: overthinking.

Intuitive Eating: Don’t Overthink It, You’ll Just Know

Most people overthink when trying to eat healthy, trying to nail every single food group, keep within calorie counts, keep up with diet trends, mimic diet plans of fit celebrities — the stress of it all is enough to trigger a burgers-and-fries spree. Some may even complain that they barely get time to sit down and eat a proper meal, forget plan it. Hear! Hear! …

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If you had to pick one sentence you have read again and again in our articles, we’re sure you would pick: “Eat according to your metabolic personality.”

It probably sounds like a difficult thing to do. But trust us, it isn’t. You’re already doing some of it instinctively. If your metabolic personality is what gives you your instincts and tendencies, then it must also have given you the tendency to choose and like certain foods. It has. That’s why, though you may not be aware of it, your body is almost always making informed choices.

Your body chooses foods on the basis of the physical qualities (if you like the taste, smell, texture, etc.), immediate effects (how you feel after eating the food — light and energetic, full and dull, bloated or acidic), and long-term effects (if the food has improved your energy, digestion, mental clarity, etc.). …

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We take everything personally. Even when we say we are not. From the seasoning on our pizza to the fragrance in our scented candles, every choice we make carries a trace of our personality.

Personalizing, or choosing according to our body’s needs, is almost second nature for us. With food, at least. For the most part, what we include in our diet (or don’t) reflects our body’s relationship with specific foods. Even our random cravings are not so random. They are a direct reply to our body’s needs. …

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Let’s say we have a health niggle, a fairly common one like poor sleep. It usually doesn’t warrant a visit to the doctor, but it needs a solution all the same — ideally, not a sedative. So we look at the alternative health space for a supplement that could help.

A bit of research tells us that broadly, there are two types of supplements that could help with sleep: nutritional ones like magnesium and melatonin (the sleep hormone) and balancing ones like valerian root and passion flower.

We could choose nutritional supplements like magnesium and melatonin. But we also know that isolated synthetic nutrients have several drawbacks. Isn’t whole foods rich in these two nutrients a better option, especially when both are found in meal regulars like broccoli and nuts and seeds? Following a good sleep routine alongside this enriched diet may be all we need to get our z’s back. …

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Even a few decades earlier, we might have all nodded together and unanimously voiced a resounding yes to this question. Not any longer.

There’s no denying that some of us who are on a very restricted diet or in the advanced stages of deficiency diseases definitely need nutritional supplements like vitamins, minerals, or the amazing antioxidants.

But most of us don’t.

That’s hard to believe when we have also been told for years that the need is real. It would seem that the problems that started us off on supplements still exist — first, with our diets being less than wholesome, we must be deficient; second, without a little backing from the supplements, we would surely not be able to prevent diseases. …

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How good are you at playing Sherlock when you have a health problem, something like a headache, an upset stomach, or a fever? Can you usually tell what the trigger is? Do you care about the root cause at all or are you a more “Put out the fire for now” kind of person and go straight for the symptoms?

Pinpointing the Cause

On some level, we are all closely in tune with our bodies. We are capable of tracing the little discomforts we feel to something we must have done during the day, something we overdid, did wrong, or did differently. …

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At first, there was food.

Mostly seasonal fruits, roots and tubers, leaves, flowers, and tree bark. Then scampered in meat. The veggies came later, when our nomadic foremothers and forefathers dug their roots in.

Then came supplements.

The first ones were the vitamin pills. They emerged as the scourge for scurvy, and other deficiency diseases. So far so good. Dare we deny a pill in the face of a dire want and no time to lose? But then, haunted by the specter of deficiency, we began popping more and more of these pills, scared that our diets weren’t enough.

Shortly after, we moved on to something extra, not to prevent diagnosable deficiencies but to prevent diseases altogether. Superfood extracts (green tea extract or blueberry extract) or, for more bang for the buck, the superstars that make superfoods (curcumin, resveratrol, or the omega-3s). …


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Balance is not merely the absence of disease, it is a state where you feel healthy, light, energetic, happy, and at peace with yourself and the world.

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