Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin with nutrition. I have a BS in Nutrition and still learn new things all the time. I will periodically post new entries related to nutrition, so check back often or subscribe to be informed of new posts. On this page, though, I will share my uber brief golden rules for good nutrition.
1. Cut the processed junk. It is full of excess simple sugars, fats, salt, and terrible-for-you chemicals. Food should be something to nourish your body. The very definition of nourish is to provide the body with food and other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition. When you eat junk, not only are you pouring in way too many calories, but you are also filling up on things void of the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other necessary building blocks for health. Yep, that is going to include about 99% of fast food, sodas, and boxed/pre-packaged munchies. Nixing the junk from your diet may seem overwhelming though at first, but do it. Buy as much local, organic, non-processed food as possible. When you must buy packaged items, be a label reader! Stick to things that have a small number of ingredients. You should be able to pronounce said ingredients. Try it for a week. You will be amazed at how much better you feel, and I bet you will wonder how you ever ate rubbish in the first place!
2. Don’t eat too much. Sound too simple? It really is not. From a weight management standpoint, weight loss occurs quite simply when you burn more calories than you consume. In reference to rule number 1, when you eat junk, you are eating very calorie dense foods. If you replace those things with fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains; you can eat more. By eating a well-balanced diet, your body will burn fuel more efficiently allowing you to sustain energy levels throughout the day.
3. Water: Drink it. It is a vital nutrient which the body cannot store. It need a fresh supply daily since water is necessary to perform essentially every metabolic process in the body. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration, and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones.
As I mentioned above, nutrition can become complex. I will be addressing specific concerns in other posts, but this page includes my trifecta of golden rules for healthy eating.