Crowding out!

I believe that half of the reason people struggle with the concept of healthy eating is because they feel under pressure to cut out the foods that they love, but know aren’t good for them. It can become a daily battle of deprivation, rather than enjoyment of a selection of foods that taste great and make you feel amazing.

I don’t want to be telling you that “you can’t have this “or “you can’t have that” – I want to show you what you can have that will reduce your desire to eat what you shouldn’t. This is where crowding out comes into play.

Crowding out is an amazing technique that I have subtly incorporated into my lifestyle by making sure that each of my meals contain an array of nutritious foods. I have found it one of the best ways for people to escape the ‘diet’ and resort back to eating healthy foods that they love.

Something that helped me to start crowding out was by understanding the tastes that our bodies enjoy: sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, salty and astringent. Below is a list of these foods that you should look out for on your next weekly shop:

Sweet (builds tissues and calms the nerves)
Berries
Carrots
Sweet Potatoes
Beets
Red onions (roasted in coconut oil)
Pomegranate seeds (great to add into salads)
Liquorice tea (perfect for after you’ve eaten and wanting something sweet)

Sour (cleanses tissues and increases the absorption of minerals)
Lemons
Limes
Kefir
Greek yoghurt
Grapefruit
Green mango
Tomatoes

Pungent (stimulates digestion)
Chilli
Garlic
Spices

Bitter (detoxifies, balances the tastebuds so you don’t crave as many sweet foods and stimulates the metabolism)
Dark chocolate
Turmeric
Kale
Rocket
Lettuce
Watercress
Horseradish
Basil

Salty
Sea vegetables such as wakame
Miso
Olives
Meats
Shellfish

Astringent (absorbs water and dries fats)
Quinoa
Pears
Lentils
Tofu
Beans

 


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