Nutrition Struggle #4. I don’t know what to eat. What does healthy eating mean?
High fat, low carb, Atkins, Ketogenic, Blue Zone, Mediterranean, the list goes on forever. And, thanks to the internet, there’s even more confusion.
Eating healthy, eating well, means making the best choices you can at any given time. At least that’s what it means to me. Which brings me to the second part of the question…how do you figure out what the best choice is?
Remember earlier when we were discussing protein requirements? I wrote that your requirements will depend on your goal. Same here. What’s healthy depends on your goal. Are you getting ready to run a race? Quick carbs may be your answer. Are you trying to stave off hunger til dinner? A protein and veggie snack might be what you’re looking for.
Having said that, the foods that give your body more of what it needs, ounce for ounce more nutrient bang for your buck, are fruits, veggies, whole grains, tubers and legumes. How you want to eat them is up to you and brings us back to your goals.
In Nu-U, we teach you how to make the best decision you can, without labeling anything a “diet.” We also don’t use the labels, “Paleo,” “low-carb,” etc., etc. Those terms make it easy to market a book or diet plan, but for me, they’re simply irrelevant and don’t help you to choose what to put in your mouth right now.
The first question for you to answer is what is your goal? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to lift heavier weight? Do you want to have more energy? Your answer to this question will determine what the right foods are for you to eat.
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