What should I eat? What should I avoid?
Those are two questions that I get a lot from folks who know that I’ve studied nutrition. The answer isn’t always that simple. What is really is is: “How do you feel when you eat certain foods? If it makes you feel good, eat that.”
And even that’s not the complete answer! What I’m trying to get at is that you have to be willing to gather data about yourself. Eat things and monitor how you feel when you eat them, a few hours after, and even a few days after. How’s your digestion? Energy level?
It’s hard to get started. If you’re at a complete loss, you can’t go wrong with starting with these simple steps:
- Drink more water
- Eat real food (yes folks, veggies, fruits and good quality meat)
- Make your own food (when you eat out less, you save money, know what’s going into your food, and control the amount, and most of all taste!)
I know it sucks. People want a list of foods and recipes that’ll get them to their goal. The thing is, everyone is different. Once you have the above down, and give yourself time to do this, think months, not days, then you can start playing with your macronutrient ratio (protein, carbs and fats). Using something like MyFitnessPal for a few days can help you get your baseline and adjust.
At the end of the day, it has to work for YOUR life and YOUR goals. Also think – what is your goal, and how much are you willing to change to get it? There’s no right answer here – and whatever you come up with needs to make you happy! Whatever changes you make, you can be proud and standby them with confidence – and they are most likely to stick more than what someone else tells you to do.
So get out there and gather some data about YOU!