I get it. Totally. There’s a lot of freaking advice out there.
And EVERYONE has an opinion. Add to that ALL the specialists, and doctors, and scientists, and media that just won’t make decisions on what’s good or bad.
It can be enough that you just want to crawl into a hole with your M&M’s.
How DOES one figure it out?
SHOULD you be eating carbs? Or avoiding sugar? Is it REALLY okay to drink alcohol?
Let me tell you what I tell my clients and see if it helps.
A. I don’t suggest arbitrarily listening to random people… even if it’s your mom’s best friends aunt OR your best friend.
If you have a piece of nutrition advice you think you want to incorporate, take a few minutes and do some research on it. That’s what I do- I head to Google Scholar and read the latest studies. That being said, not all the studies run actually get published. So we even have to take that science with a grain of salt…. information is often withheld. But don’t just do something or change something because someone told you it’s right. Find out if it’s ACTUALLY right (myself included!).
B. Eat your protein, some carbs, fruits, and vegetables. This is the foundation of a healthy diet.
I could get super nerdy and complicated on macros and nutrient timing and keto and fasting. But I’m not going to. I am going to tell you that if you stick to a balanced diet of enough protein, enough carbs to fuel your life, healthy moderate levels of fats, and fruits and vegetables you will be okay. You can even eat ice cream and junk on occasion. Just make it the exception rather than the rule.
C. No matter what anyone says, alcohol is a poison and we probably shouldn’t be drinking it.
Yes, I get what Dr. Oz and a lot of main stream everything says. But let’s be real, alcohol is broken down by the liver into aldehyde- a TOXIN. Even small amounts are hard on the body. I know it’s enjoyable, and part of most people’s everyday lives. But it’s NOT healthy. Sorry. If you want antioxidants just eat the grapes!
D. Sugar and salt are bad in EXCESS. And the American diet lives in excess. BUT if you eat clean and avoid most processed foods, you can have salt on your potatoes or the occasional brownie. IT”S OKAY.
Then what about the rest of it? I know a lot of it depends on who you ask. However, there are some things we ALL agree on:
- Vegetables. Sorry if you don’t enjoy them. But you need to eat them.
- Protein. However you want to get it. Just get it. You can be a vegan or vegetarian or pescatarian or whatever. Just get enough protein.
- Carbs. Even if you want to go keto you still eat some carbs. Vegetables have carbs in them.
- Fats. Eat them. Avocado, olive oil, butter if you do animal products. Fats are good and you HAVE to have them.
- Salt. You still have to have SOME. Each person will vary on their needs. Base this off your current dietary habits and individual requirements AND the recommended daily amount.
After that, you will have to figure out what works best for you.
This is in fact why I exist. I work with clients on figuring out the healthiest, most effective way for them to eat.
You can also check out the rest of my blog posts to see my stance on intake, etc. I try to provide as much information as possible without making anyone’s head hurt.