Is eating healthy really that complicated?

I'm gonna come out and say it - You know the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods.

Today, you have access to almost an unlimited amount of resources and information. Yet, people continue to say "they don't know", or are confused about what constitutes eating healthy.

I find that hard to believe!

If you sit down, with no distractions, I bet you would be able to rattle off a decent list of healthy foods.

Understanding nutrition can be very complex (if you let it), but it can also be pretty simple.

Which begs the question, "why can't people get it right?"

Maybe it's the abundance of fast-food? Maybe it's all the specials in the supermarkets.

Or maybe, it's something different altogether?


mmmmm... donuts

mmmmm...donuts

You're probably well-aware that the following foods aren't the best options for you;

  • McDonald's
  • Fast food
  • Soft drink
  • Refined sugars
  • Chocolates
  • Ice cream
mmmmm... vegetables

mmmmm...vegetables

 

You are also probably aware that the foods listed below are pretty damn good for you.

  • Salad
  • Meats
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Some dairy

 

So, the problem with eating healthy really isn't lack of information, it's implementation, as my good friends at PN call it.

Image Credit:  Precision Nutrition

Image Credit: Precision Nutrition


When it comes down to food and establishing what is good for you and what is bad for you, you have a few key factors to consider.

1. What is your goal?

  • Fat loss
  • Muscle gain
  • Performance (strength/fitness)
  • Look better naked (body composition)

2. What needs to happen? 

  • Consume fewer/more calories

  • Choose better foods - less processing/less sugar/less fat

  • Create a menu for the week to help you stay focused

3. What are your obstacles?

  • Eating out regularly

  • Unsure of how to cook or prepare foods correctly

  • Don't have the right tools or utensils
  • Lack of planning and/or meal preparation

4. What is the solution to that problem?

  • Eat more meals at home, or find the best option that's available to you (if eating out)

  • Hire someone to show you and teach you how to cook the foods you want

  • Purchase some recipe books to take you through a step-by-step process

  • Buy some good pots, pans, a good blender, set of knives and a few chopping boards

That's a pretty simple process, wouldn't you say?


The next question is a very rare one, but is probably the most important one that you need to come to terms with.

What do you 'like' eating?

It's a common error which people make when it comes down to eating healthy. They try to plan foods in which are *healthy*, but they don't actually enjoy eating.

If you don't like eating fish, you don't have to eat it.

I mean sure, you could probably benefit from eating some, but if you don't like it, then it's highly unlikely that you'll eat it regularly.

Pick foods you enjoy eating and base your diet around those. NOT the other way around.

Start by making a list of those foods from each of the macronutrient groups below;


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Protein options

  • Chicken

  • Beef mince

  • Steak
  • Turkey/Duck
  • Kangaroo
  • Pork
  • Fish
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Protein Supplement

Carbohydrate options

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  • Any green vegetable

  • Fruits

  • Potatoes (White and sweet)
  • Pumpkin
  • Cauliflower
  • Capsicum
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Ginger
  • Tomato
  • Rice

Want to have a bowl of pasta with dinner? Go right ahead!

But be sure to earn those starchy carbs - by exercising or doing some form of physical activity first.

"Earn your carbs"

If you want to get and stay lean, then reducing your carbohydrate intake, especially starchy carbs, like pasta, should be limited.


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Fat options

  • Nuts/Nut butter

  • Avocado

  • Deep sea fish
  • Coconut oil
  • Dark chocolate
  • Flax (seeds/oil)

 


It isn't about the 'perfect diet' - there is no such thing! 

It's about progressively making better choices and finding the diet which works for you.

And for the people who may be thinking, there are too many specials at the shops and they make it so hard to say 'no' to. Here's a thought.

Do your shopping online, have it delivered and take that temptation out of the equation.

Life is so easy these days. It isn't complicated!

It's very straightforward and simple. Stop over-analysing every single thing and just keep things simple. 

Don't keep making excuses, find simple solutions instead.

Until next time,

Eat healthy.

Jesse


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