There are a few key principles that can help you provide your body the necessary nutrients, energy, and satisfaction from food that you need and deserve! To set yourself up to do well throughout the day, try to incorporate these principles, understanding that flexibility with your food choices is an essential part of gentle nutrition.

There is no “one size fits all” nutrition plan, despite what you might have heard or read at one point or another. Your nutrition needs are unique to you.

1. Aim to incorporate regular meals and snacks.

Eating regularly throughout the day can maintain your mental and physical energy. Upon waking, try to eat within 1-2 hours to “break the fast” of sleeping. Aim to eat a meal or snack approximately every few hours based on your schedule, needs, and preferences.

2. Try to include a variety of foods at each meal and snack.

Incorporating a variety of food groups including sources of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and fat provides complex nutrients which keeps us feeling satisfied and energized throughout the day.

A gentle nutrition plan can help you achieve your health goals without being “perfect” with your food choices. Try to remember that there is no such thing as bad foods, and we encourage you to remove this language from your vocabulary.