We’re always looking for things we need to take out of our diet; the 6 pack of beers every night, the midday Red Bull or the late night bowl of ice cream. Before worrying about what to take out, let’s focus on what to put in. A lot of the time our poor eating habits are like a vicious cycle. We haven’t eaten well so we feel like crap. Because we feel like crap, we eat crappy food (usually filled with sugar, salt, industrially produced fats and other chemicals) that temporarily make us feel better. This feeling starts to wear off so we ‘top-up’ with more crappy food. And the cycle continues. The problem with processed foods is that they’re high in calories, low in nutrients. They make it hard for us to recognise when we’re full, when we should eat again, and we constantly want more of them (they’re designed to be addictive).
When our diet is based on eating processed foods, we lack the proper nutrients we need to flourish. If we fix the root cause of the problem (lack of nutrients in diet), then we’ll rely less on these ‘top-ups’ throughout the day. There’s a bunch of nutrients and compounds that we need for our body to run smoothly. If we don’t get enough of them, our body won’t function properly – we might get sick and we’ll feel lethargic throughout the day. Adding in whole, minimally processed, nutrient dense foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and animal products (fish, eggs and lean meat) we increase our chances of hitting our nutritional needs (vitamins, minerals and other compounds). In doing so, our body will start to run better, you’ll feel less lethargic and you won’t rely on these ‘top-ups’ throughout the day. Before taking anything away, try doing this: - Eat 5+ different fruits and vegetables per day. The more the better but start with a goal of 5.
- Eat a rainbow (focus on fruits and vegetables of all different colours)
- Before eating your regular snack (i.e. a donut), eat a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts (and then eat the donut if you still want it). When we fill up on “good stuff”, there’s less room for junk. - @precisionnutrition #one22