There are a lot of people out there telling you and me just what to do. ‘They’ are telling us what to wear and what not to wear. What activities we NEED to do and what to avoid. What foods are essential and what ones will kill us tomorrow. But, with so many people offering advice, where do we find the truth?
Would we know what the truth is even if we actually found it?
Probably not. Sorry. We live in a time where the truth is no longer black or white, on or off, right or wrong. Yup, that sounds weird, but it is now an unfortunate truth. With so many people on our planet, there will always be an exception to the rule and so now people are no longer giving an absolute truth.
Let me clarify this. We know that we should all eat protein. But some people don’t, won’t, or can’t eat meat. We know we should eat veggies and fruits, but there are allergies everywhere and some people won’t eat certain veggies and some people don’t think you should eat fruit.
Some people make dietary choices but make you believe that their choice is a health issue when it is their choice. Some people have cost as a real factor. How in all of that mess are you supposed to know what to eat?
If you have never paid any attention to food, how much, when, what types you should eat, this is an amazingly tough time right now. The internet should offer solutions, but you don’t have to look too far to find contradictory info.
Unfortunately, most of us have not been raised with common sense with food and schools didn’t teach us proper nutrition and our parents didn’t, for the most part, know what they should be passing on. And, with current research, we know so much more than ever before what we should and shouldn’t eat.
This problem is actually larger than we realize. The people in the health and fitness industry seem to fall into one of two camps; either they have always been health aware or they were fat and now are sharing their stories and knowledge. So, even here, we have people who have never been unaware of how bad eating really is a problem and the other side totally gets it and can be sold on their solution only.
This sounds really bad. It probably isn’t making you feel any better. Sorry!
But, let’s face it there is always a but, it really doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom.
There are some simple things that we can all do to help with getting the right balance of nutrition and the right amount of food in our routine.
- Learn to eat the way our grandparents ate. Food that needs a little prep. Less processed.
- Spend a little more time actually eating, not stuffing food into your open face. Eating should take some time. 20 min is ideal. Slow and steady is best.
- Make sure you have a variety of color on your plate. The easiest way to get that is an assortment of fruit and veggies. Fresh, frozen, raw, cooked, who cares as long as it is eaten.
- Carbs are not the devil, just make them complex and not most of your plate.
- Each and every meal, including snacks, must have protein. MUST!
- Healthy fats make you smart. Your brain requires them to function. Not the deep-fried kind of fat either.
- Drink your water. Not juice. Not pop or soda. Get over it and get used to it.
- When you are starting out, record your food. Good or bad, you become more aware of good and bad when you record it.
- Get used to the idea that this will take a little work, in the beginning, especially. All good things take a little work. It will be worth it.
- Find a resource to go to for answers to your food questions. This one is easy, it is us, Q4fit.com. Ask us the questions and we will do our very best to get the honest answers to you. If you are asking, so is someone else.
Unfortunately, we are not a society that knows how to feed ourselves to live a healthy life. If we did know, we wouldn’t be so out of shape and we wouldn’t be so overweight. Learn how to feed yourself to make yourself the healthiest you possible.
It is not about being skinny, it is all about being healthy.
I still indulge in a glass of wine or chocolate – treats are mandatory. Without deviating from the day-to-day healthy diet once in a while, it wouldn't be sustainable for me, and that's what I wanted: an approach to eating to last my entire life. – Alanis Morissette