Doesn’t nutrition sometimes completely overwhelm you? One day you’re being told to limit your fat, the next day to eat your healthy fats. You’re convinced to consume dairy products to lose weight and just after you stock your fridge full with all the dairy products you can find, new research tells you to limit your intake of dairy. How aggravating! The science of nutrition can be quite confusing and even intimidating at times. You get so motivated to get healthy and increase your energy level, you stock up on the latest magazines, books, and journal articles. And of course all the materials are interesting and insightful but then you realize you’ve been locked into the roller coaster of ever changing advice and the thrill is no where to be found. You get to the point where you are ready to give up, throw in the towel. I mean who isn’t. We have all reached that breaking point. And sadly isn’t it usually the moment where we decide to disregard all the healthy advice we have ever learned and reach for the unhealthiest piece of sugary fat we can find? We end up feeling like we’ve hit rock bottom and just don’t know where to turn. I’m with you. I’ve ridden the roller coaster numerous times. Luckily, I have learned how to beat the system and I have discovered who and what to trust and when to ignore the latest fads and stick to what I know works. I’m here to share with you my tools for the successful navigation of the science of nutrition.
Questions to ask yourself before trusting new advice:
Who is making a claim? Are they a reputable source? And when I say that I don’t necessarily mean their credentials I mean does the other information they provide make sense.
Has the advice been around for numerous years?
Does the advice seem realistic? Obviously an apple is good for you, but does the source claim that some sort of sugary coated processed fruit snack will change your life. Use your common sense.
Where is the food produced? Does it come straight from the earth? Is it in it’s most pure form?; Picked and handed to you and your belly. If it is, It’s more likely to be a good choice.
Stick to the foods that make your body feel best. Unfortunately, I can’t determine all of those foods for you. I can only point you in the right direction. There are the obvious healthy options. Still, take the time to make sure they truly work for you. Ex. Strawberries are an amazing source of vitamin C and potassium. They are amazing for the people who can tolerate them, not so much for the people who are allergic to them.
Finding the foods that work best for your body is a process. It takes effort but once you’ve determined what works and what doesn’t you will be that much closer to a healthier, happier, less overwhelmed you. You will come to the realization that some of the foods you thought you enjoyed actually give you discomfort. Over time you wont give a second thought to avoiding those trigger foods and slowly learn to stick with only the choices that make you feel your best.
I hope that this post has helped you make a step in the right direction. Look forward to further posts that discuss this area of importance in more depth.