Over the past 10 years or so I have gained a good amount of experience when it comes to food. I have learned what works for me, I have learned that not every-body reacts the same to food, nutrition plans or diets (amongst other things). I don’t claim to have all the answer because like I said, every-body is different and it has different needs. However, Over the past 10 years I have learned some things along the way that can help out a lot of people, no matter who you’re, where you live or how active you’re throughout the day.
#1 It takes time to get it right
Nutrition takes time. Over weeks, months and years you will figure out what foods work for you, what quantity you need them in etc.. Just because you feel like crap after trying something new for the first time doesn’t mean that it’s not the right thing for you.
Give yourself at least 2 weeks of trying something new before thinking of changing it up.
#2 Give your body time to change
Going off my last point, changing your eating habits might take a day, but changing your bodies habits will take a little bit longer. What I mean by this, is that your body needs to get used to your new way of eating. the best example I can give: Sugar is quite literally like a drug; your body starts asking for more and more to get the same effect (the well-known sugar cravings). When you try to reduce that sugar intake it will take your body somewhere between 2-4 weeks to actually change its habits and stop asking for sugar. Yes, you might feel like crap, but just like rehabbing from drugs, that’s the initial part you have to go through in order to get better.
#3 Avoid (added) sugar
Like I always say, I am not the first person to tell you that sugar is bad, but I might be the first to tell you why. As I talked about earlier, sugar works the exact same way as drugs. Your body needs more and more of it just to get the same effect/stimulus. It’s because you ”unwillingly or unknowingly” jumped on a rollercoaster that’s really hard to get out off. By eating sugar our blood sugar level spikes up tremendously, insulin gets pumped into the bloodstream to bring those levels down, your body starts asking for sugar again because it wants more energy. You can see that this is a continuous cycle that will keep going until you put a stop to it, by ”simply” eating less sugar on a daily basis.
#4 Whole foods are the key
I love talking about the influence of eating more wholefoods with people because it effects so many different aspects of our nutrition all at once.
Eating Whole foods means:
- Eating less sugar
- Eating less processed foods (usually full of sugar)
- Maintain a better energy level throughout the day
- Get more vitamins, micronutrients in
- whole foods satisfy your body more, which means less carvings.
You can see with just these 5 points; we cover a lot of the aspects of our nutrition that qualify as ”unhealthy” and turn them into ”healthy”
A simple rule to follow for whole foods: If it has a label with processed ingredients on there, if you can’t pronounce some of the ingredients or if it doesn’t have a shelve life, it’s not considered to be a whole food.
#5 Try different things
Nobody is the same, which means that food is most likely to affect you differently than the person next to you. Let’s say that living a keto lifestyle works really well for me, but it might make you feel really depleted. Of course, we have to keep in mind that there are different ways of approaching this. To give you an example:On a keto diet (high fat) you could take the route of eating cheese, bacon and peanut butter all day long, but that’s probably not going to benefit your health as much as mixing in foods like avocado’s, different nuts, seeds and healthy oils. Keep in mind that was just an example, every nutrition guide or diet has its own pitfalls like this one.
*Remember to give it time. Don’t change up everything after trying something for only one day.
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