We all want to look great, feel amazing and perform at peak every single day but not all of us pay attention to what we eat. We ask too much to our body when we´re not giving it the nutrients it needs to function properly.
Food is fuel for our body and what we eat matters the problem is that we got everything wrong. We´re so worried trying to find what´s the best diet, the one that will help us lose weight faster but we forget the most important point; it´s not about losing weight fast it´s about following a healthy nutrition program that keeps us healthy and that help us maintain an amazing physique effortlessly. We´re also worried about finding the best diet when most of our meals are highly processed.
If we go back in times some years ago food can´t be found at every corner, people used to buy local foods to cook meals so every meal they ate was cooked and prepared with fresh, whole ingredients and people spend more time together by helping in the kitchen and sitting together at the table and share their day.
Nowadays food is available everywhere, there´s processed food at every corner and it´s convenient and cheaper but also full of sugars, chemicals, trans fats or hydrogenated oils that make those foods taste delicious so we don´t spend too much time cooking and we do not spend the same amount of time sitting at a table with family or friends.
Most of us love food and we don´t want to eliminate our favorite dishes from our diets, and we don´t need to. We need to understand that we still have the freedom to enjoy our favorite dishes or snacks on special occasions, if they are prepared with fresh ingredients we can have them more often. We all want to be healthy, look great and feel great but it´s not possible without some sacrifices and one of those sacrifices is to avoid unhealthy foods.
My approach to nutrition is to keep everything simple and have the freedom to enjoy as much as possible I like to divide nutrition in two phases, in phase one we focus on eliminating unhealthy foods from our nutrition program which are junk, processed and fast foods (we all know which foods we are talking about) and when we´re comfortable with this first step we can take it to phase two where we adjust our macronutrient ratios to fit more our goals and lifestyle, here we can go to more restrictive diets like vegan, paleo or ketogenic.
If our nutrition program or diet is based on unhealthy foods (highly processed foods) it´s so hard to go directly to a very restrictive diet and the reason is because our body is used to all those chemicals, sugars and unhealthy fats and the process or journey to eliminate them or avoid them is so hard and for many of us it´s not necessary to follow a very restrictive diet and each of us need to make our nutrition program fit our own goals based on our health, we´re all different and our body responds differently to each food so we´ll need to eliminate different foods which can be consider healthy.
Our goal is to give nutrients to our body through food so that it functions and work properly, so that we stay healthy and also supports our fitness goals, this may look complicated but it´s actually simple.
We need to learn to listen to our body, some foods make us feel great while others can cause problems in our gut even healthy foods so once we eliminate or avoid as much as possible highly processed foods and our diet is based on fresh, whole foods we can start adjusting it to make it as best as it can be for us and here we need to listen to our body and avoid foods that cause problems not only in our gut, some foods may cause acne or any other issue and we can´t forget that if we have some health problem or disease then we may need to avoid some other foods or even go to a more restrictive diet but we need to talk with our doctor first.
All the information we share here is to help you understand how everything works, from macronutrients, micronutrients, hormones, etc but you need to consult your doctor before making any change.
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