Two words: absolutely not! I am all about using a PFFP approach (protein, healthy fats, fiber and phytonutrients). When you combine these rockstar elements, you’ll ensure that you have a healthy plate that keeps you full for hours.
With protein, you’ll ultimately feel more satisfied and stay fuller, longer, in addition to supporting muscle metabolism. Fill up on Greek yogurt, grass fed beef, seafood, chicken, pork, eggs and high quality protein powder.
With healthy fats from whole food sources, you’ll be increasing satiety and curbing cravings. Look for nuts and seeds, coconut oil and milk, avocado, grass fed butter, soft cheeses (goat + sheep’s milk), cold pressed oils, ghee, and olives.
With fiber, this element adds bulk to your meals and slows the uptake of sugar into the blood. Load up on non-starchy veggies for fiber, with the added benefit of them having a high water content, which adds to their ability to “fill you up”. Starchy tubers like potatoes, sweet potatoes and plantains are also high in fiber, as well as fruit. These are all great options, but make your focus on vegetables like leafy greens, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers and tomatoes to get the biggest nutrient bang.
With phytonutrients, you can find these in high fiber veggies, as well as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
By building a plate around these four components, you’re able to stabilize blood sugar while staying full, feeling satisfied, and not feeling restricted! It’s important to think about what you can add to your plate as opposed to what’s “off-limits”. It’s also important to go into a meal without having a restrictive mindset, because then you won’t be able to enjoy yourself or the people around you.