I am starting a new series here on the blog. I want to answer the top nutrition questions you might have. Please comment below with a questions or DM me on Instagram.
For the first post I decided to choose the topic. This is one I hear a lot of in my private practice, “What Diet Should I Follow?” I hear time and time again, clients trying Noom, keto, Atkins, Weight Watchers, and many more. However, they see temporary results and unable to withstand changes for a long time. Why? All these diets have one common theme they make you limit or eliminate complete food groups! Over time these diets are not practical. You are probably wondering, how should I eat than…
How do you choose a diet?
- Stop calling how you eat a diet! I truly, cannot stand the word diet. It gives a very negative approach to food. Please, for the sake of your own sanity throw this word out of your vocabulary. Instead make your nutrition, focused on a healthy lifestyle approach, choosing choices that will fuel your body.
- Ask yourself does this plan meet my nutritional needs and work for me. In my private practice, I always ask people what their typical day looks like before ever giving any nutritional education. Why? If you are a single mom with 2 active kids, asking you to cook 3 meals a day if probably unrealistic. Instead maybe, changing one aspect of breakfast could be something that you could easily do. For example, making your coffee at home vs going to Starbucks daily for a Venti Iced Mocha.
- Look to see if the plan is flexible. All food groups should fit into your day. Unless you have a food allergy there should be no forbidden foods, so flexibility is key when selecting a healthy lifestyle approach towards food.
- Look to see if the plan is balanced. If you have to cut out a certain food group or type of food you can cause yourself to have nutritional deficiencies. Look at Whole30 where beans are not allowed on this plan. Beans are rich in Vitamin B1 and B6 which are both water soluble vitamins that we need daily. Plus beans have a lot of other vitamins and minerals that we need daily.
- Look to see if the plan is doable. Y’all if the plan is full of a ton of food you do not enjoy this is something that is not practical. An over restrictive meal plan is a boring meal plan. A boring meal plan leads to more cheat meals or snacks over time. These cheat meals you justify in your head because you have been following your diet plan all week, one meal won’t hurt me. Instead that one meal turns into multiple meals. Your plan should be filled with new items to try, but a healthy balance of foods you enjoy too.
Overall, your healthy lifestyle approach towards food and nutrition should be something that is realistic for your personal needs. If you have any further questions or want to work with me click here
Don’t forget to leave a comment or DM me on Instagram with your burning nutrition questions!