Don’t worry – you are not alone! One minute you read that gluten is a no no, the next it’s dairy. Then red meat is the devil and eating too many nuts is not good for you. Sugar is the enemy and, according to some reports, you’re better off drinking wine every night because it helps protect against disease.
Do you feel confused about what is actually really good for your health? Don’t be – it’s pretty simple…Healthy eating is amazing. I love what it can do for people; however since being in the industry I have seen a judgmental side of things too, especially since becoming a personal health coach myself.
It is fair to say that there is a TON of information out there, much of it conflicting at times. The raw food, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, sugar-free, fructose-free diet …. Seriously guys, the list goes on. I think the thing to remember here is that it is completely personal and down to you as an individual. You just need to work out what makes you feel the best you can do this through trial and experimentation – both physically and emotionally. If you’re stressing that your diet isn’t ‘perfect’, over-restricting or over-complicating things, then you need to remember that stress is probably more harmful to your fat-burning metabolism than the food you’re putting in your mouth.
I personally eat and promote a healthy balanced diet and take a flexible approach… I personally count Macros (IIFYM) as I feel this works best for me, especially on comp prep, however I also offer my clients eating plans based on an 80/20 rule where you eat clean 80% of the time and leave room for a treat or two.
To me these days health is so much more than what you put in your mouth anyway! If you’re feeling overwhelmed with conflicting messages, then take a step back from information overload and re-focus on a single goal. There is NO NEED to over complicate your “diet” and if you stick to a healthy balanced diet of Protein, Carbs & Fats with lots of fibre you will start to see results.
If you would like some help on IIFYM/Healthy Eating then give me a shout – [email protected]