Food Tips for Weight Loss, or for Health Loss?

As we are heading towards spring, we are seeing more and more people searching for weight loss foods, and inevitably landing on the pages of our cooking school.

While we tiptoe around using the term “weight loss” (here at Happy Bellyfish we believe that it’s about the way you feel, not the way you look*), getting rid of a few extra kilograms is a serious concern for many. It’s natural to look for weight loss solutions in our own kitchens, and frankly speaking, whether you are concerned about your waistline or your health in general, the change in eating habits is inevitable. 

Now, when it comes to weight loss vs health loss, I do have a personal story to tell. When I initially “got rid of” an extra 15 kilograms myself, it came at a cost of healthy hair, teeth and severe nutrition deficiencies (you can read my story here). Only a closer look at what I actually missed in my diet, my personal body needs and lifestyle, helped me to regain my health while staying in the same shape. 

Why am I telling you this? There are a lot of myths and misconceptions around what to eat to lose weight. If you asked me for a simple answer, I’d say stop eating sugar and processed foods. Improve your metabolism with appropriate spices and fermented foods. Move. Sleep. Listen to your body.

See, this answer is not as simple anymore, there are a lot of pieces to this puzzle. That’s why I’d like to share a short video with you, which includes some great tips from Dr. Shivani Sood (she teaches Ayurvedic Nutrition at Happy Bellyfish School).

Here are some of the main points she talks about in the video:

  • It all starts with your mind
  • Family habits matter
  • Getting rid of toxins in your body, cleaning the system is a great place to start
  • Fancy restrictive diets can have serious consequences in the long run
  • Remember that all bodies are different

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