“As a culture we seem to have arrived at a place where whatever native wisdom we may once have possessed about eating has been replaced by confusion and anxiety. Somehow this most elemental of activities — ﬁguring out what to eat — has come to require a remarkable amount of expert help.” ‐‐ Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Many times, even when information is laid out in front of you explaining exactly what to do, nutrition can be confusing.
Who the heck to you believe?
The media? The government? Your local farmer?
Your parents who raised you to eat a ‘particular’ way?
Confusion comes as a result of (among other things) the diverse resources from which you get it. Many times you can’t figure out what to do simply because you don’t know how to piece all the information — from all the different resources — together.
And I’m sure this frustrates you because all you’re trying to do is ‘get your nutrition right’ . . . yet you have no idea what to do (or who to believe after being bombarded by conflicting information.
(All this being said and I haven’t discussed the fact that you’re probably running around with an insane schedule, simply trying to make the time to have a meal, let alone muddle through the confusion of nutrition!!)
What’s the best way to get around this?
Keep things simple.
Get back to the basics and often times the answers will be found there . . .
7 Simple Things To Consider To Help You Eat Better
1. When you’re hungry. Eat. Eat quality, nutritious foods. (What are those? Start with the list found in this nutrition program!)
2. When you’re full, stop eating.
3. Quality is important, first and foremost. Eat animals and plants that are untainted — no antibiotics, no steroids, no genetic modification, not given foods that are unnatural to them, not grown in nutrient poor soil, not bathed in pesticides.
4. If you’re eating quality, eating according to your body’s individual needs and listening to what your body is telling you, calories don’t mean much. Your body runs the show and it won’t ask for anything more (or less) than it needs.
5. Recognize that you’ll likely be very hungry on days that you’re very active . . . and less hungry on days that you’re not. It’s the least you can expect — if you demand energy from your body, it’s going to demand that you replenish it!
6. Avoid foods ‘manufactured’ by man. Regardless of what we think, we really can’t do things better than mother nature — and we sure as heck can’t outsmart her!
7. Recognize that you’re built and re-built by the foods that you eat. Quality fats, proteins and carbohydrates are broken down into their most basic building blocks when you digest them. Those building blocks are shipped to your body where needed (and as needed) to construct quality cell structures, cells, tissues, organs, systems . . . a quality YOU. Eat junk and you reconstruct your body out of junk. Eat quality and you’re built out of ‘the best that money can buy.’
Just taking these 7 points into consideration will go a long way to ending your confusion and getting you on the fast track to health.
Try it . . . and let me know how it goes!!
Trust the process of ‘getting healthy’. Know and trust your body. And keep things simple!
Thanks for reading!