I’m here to tell you that nutrition is not as complicated as it seems to be. When people come to me and say “I am doing keto”, “I am fasting”, “I have cut meat from my diet”, “I have eliminated carbs”, I like to ask “is this something you will be doing in three years still?” The answer is usually no. Yes, we need change to change but not drastic change that is unmaintainable. We can still make a large change by making small changes at a time. I tried keto once when it became a craze. That maybe lasted a week or two until I had a meal of pasta and bread. Then what? You feel like you failed so you beat yourself up over it. Nutrition shouldn’t be limiting or restrictive it should be enjoyable. This is why we have to simplify nutrition and stick to the basics that can last.
If I had to tell you three things only about how to improve your nutrition here is what they would be. Simplicity is key.
1) Increase water intake – You have heard it many times before. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day!
2) Eat consistently – Eat every 3 to 4 hours. This will keep your blood sugar and insulin levels steady. Doing this will also prevent you from getting tired in the afternoon and prevent you from craving something sugary when your blood sugar crashes.
3) Eat veggies or fruit with each meal – We all know fruits and veggies have many health benefits and are packed with vitamins and minerals. This is something we have known forever and we know where these foods are grown and how they grow. Eating them with each meal will bring have many health benefits.
If you are looking for somewhere to start, then here it is laid out for you. Start with building these three habits and then slowly build on from here. If you can master these you will start notice a change in your energy, mood, and your body.