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. I love food, I consider food and gastronomy to be part of the cultures and traditions of each country. There´s a piece of history and a story on every plate, we can learn a lot from a country by its food.
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 lifestyles, here we can go to more restrictive diets like vegan 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 though and for many of us it´s not necessary to follow a very restrictive diet, it´s really useful when we have some health problems but if it´s not the case then we can stick to phase one which is to focus on whole, fresh foods.
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 and as I said before we don´t need to eliminate completely our favorite foods.
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 us 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.
There´s no need to go to the extremes, we´re here to enjoy life and food is part of it there are so many dishes and plates we can enjoy as long as they are cooked with fresh, whole ingredients and most of our local restaurants do that.
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