Are you overthinking nutrition? If you think itâ€™s about deprivation and green juice, then, yes. Itâ€™s so easy to get caught up in all the fads. Been there, done that. Carbs are bad. Fat is bad. Breathing air is bad. Like, WTF?! Once I actually read some books and studiesâ€”you know, educated myself instead of listening to the mediaâ€”I discovered that good nutrition is simple. REALLY SIMPLE.
Your body needs proteins, fats, and carbs. Carbs turn into energy, proteins build and maintain muscle, and fat helps your body absorb nutrients. Donâ€™t be afraid of fats and donâ€™t be afraid of carbs. Understanding that you need proteins, fats, and carbs daily, should automatically help you think about nutrition and your personal diet differently. The breakdown makes life and eatingâ€¦ simple.
There are many ways to eatâ€”low carb, high fat, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, paleo, timing out what you eat whenâ€¦ I mean, seriously, it makes my head spin. Once you have a foundation of good nutrition, you can experiment with what works best for you. Personally, I switched to pescatarian a couple months ago and I love it, but itâ€™s not for everyone.
I believe that the two worst things you can do is deprive yourself of the foods you love and count calories. Life is too short to pass up a cupcake and if youâ€™re eating real, properly portioned whole foods, you wonâ€™t have to worry about calories. You also have to learn to eat according to your lifestyle. Are you not active? Then you shouldnâ€™t be eating like youâ€™re an Olympian. Are you super active? Then stop eating like a Polly Pocket; you need fuel. (No shade to Polly Pocket, though!)
Simply, I look at my personal nutrition like this: try to get a protein, fat, and carb in every meal, eat most of my carbs in the beginning of the day (this is so your body uses them as energy and doesnâ€™t store it as fat), get 5 servings each of fruits and veggies, drink a gallon of water (I include unsweetened tea), and eat the damn cookie if I want it. When Iâ€™m less active, I eat 3-4 times a day. When Iâ€™m really active and training, I eat 4-6 times a day. I listen to my body. If Iâ€™m hungry, I eatâ€¦ but that doesnâ€™t mean shoving a deep-dish pizza in my mouth. Itâ€™s more like carrots and hummus or a smoothie.
Iâ€™ll have a nutrition plan coming out in a couple months that I canâ€™t wait for you all to try. So, in the interim, I figured Iâ€™d share a â€œDay In The Lifeâ€ of my nutrition. I eat super healthy and I eat awesome things. You can have nutrition and flavor and you can have dessert. So here it isâ€¦ what I eat in a day!
We all like to eat fancy dishes, but keeping it simple keeps the waistline small. Besides, who has time to cook Bouillabaisse during the week? Save fancy for date night and make your life easier by eating simply. Also, seasoning changes livesâ€¦ well maybe not lives, but definitely your food. Go crazy! Curry, Thyme, Adobo?! Food should taste good and I donâ€™t believe in boiled chicken and plain brown rice. Gag me. Unless youâ€™re prepping for a bodybuilding contest, spare yourself the agony of eating bland food.
Remember, itâ€™s not as tough as you think it is to change your diet and eat nutritiously without sacrificing flavor. Fresh is best. Go organic if and when you can. And NEVER PASS UP A CUPCAKE!