Recently, I was asked if I give my clients meal plans to follow in the course of coaching. I answered no because, along with the many other coaches certified by Precision Nutrition, I don’t believe meal plans are useful for the long term. I explained that my job was less about creating meal plans, and more about teaching my clients about good nutrition, and how to integrate it into their lives. This led to the question of what good nutrition is and how it benefits us.
So, What is Good Nutrition?
Good Nutrition Controls Energy Balance:
If you’ve been paying attention to this blog n the past, you’ll remember that I’ve talked about food not being fuel. And while we agree that food is more than fuel, it does give you energy which you need to like…survive.
Without enough of the energy that comes from good, healthy foods, our bodies really can’t function properly. Like a laptop when EKEDC has refused to bring back power, our body will go into low energy maintenance mode, shutting down processes which we don’t absolutely need to survive (like reproduction, parts of metabolism & brain function, etc) to keep us alive.
Just like high current from EKEDC can damage our laptops & other devices, so is too much energy dangerous for the body. We can become resistant to some hormones, become susceptible to high blood pressure & other chronic diseases.
Good nutrition is just like a power stabilizer, ensuring that your body has the right amount of energy to function optimally, without blowing up and putting you out of commission.
Good Nutrition Gives Us Nutrients
Take a look at the image above. It compares a chicken salad and a burger, which have relatively the same amount of calories in them.
But take a closer look: that chicken salad not only contains a lot of calories but is also rich in the nutrients the human body needs to thrive. Macronutrients like Proteins, Vegetables, Carbs & Fats are represented, but so are the little micronutrients and more. When you make sure you’re getting good nutrition, you don’t have to worry about counting calories, but instead, you focus on making sure each meal you eat enriches your body with awesome nutrients.
Good Nutrition Helps Us Look Good, Feel Better, & Perform at Our Best.
As a student & coach of the Precision Nutrition method, I understand that good nutrition (and of course good coaching) helps my clients achieve their goals without having to sacrifice their lives on the altar of the gods of FitFam. So clients who want to lose weight can do this without spending their lives on the cardio machine or lifting the world on their shoulders in the weight room, people who work in offices can stay in good shape and live pain free, and those who simply want to be the healthiest versions of themselves a manageable way, are empowered to do just that.
Good nutrition is about helping people look better, feel better, perform better, live better and just be better overall.
Good Nutrition is Sustainable
Often-times I get questions about different types of diets, and what I think about them. In fact, before they come to me, a good percentage of my clients have attempted to take control of their nutrition by engaging in some type of restrictive diet. From the Paleo diet to Atkins, Intermittent Fasting, Low Carb/Low Fat, etc.
You wanna know one thing all these diets have in common?
They’re not sustainable. Nobody wants to spend the rest of their lives being told they can or cannot eat something, and for the most part, people who get on these restrictive diets and achieve success, can’t maintain their success.
Also, when we talk about sustainability, we look at how we eat, and how good it is for the planet. Research has shown that human beings waste up to 50% of all food produced and that now more than ever, we have to be more environmentally considerate of our choices than ever before.
Luckily, what helps the planet will usually help out bodies and health as well.
Good nutrition is a sustainable, lifelong journey that takes care of us, and the environment around us.
Good Nutrition is About Making The Right Decisions
A lot of people understand that eating well is a major part of their health battle, but not many understand that there are many decisions we need to make, besides what we eat, that affect our health. We have to decide to not just eat well, but also to exercise, visit our doctors & physicians, look after our mental health, create healthy environments for ourselves, and so much more. This is important because it all contributes to our overall health and the effectiveness of the things we eat.
Now You Tell Me
Are you making the right decisions for yourself? Is your body’s energy in proper balance, or is it spiking all over the place? Are you getting all the right nutrients in your meals? Are you currently eating in a sustainable manner? Are you currently looking good, feeling great and living amazingly?
Are you living well, and practicing Good Nutrition?
If you would like to learn and build up a sustainable, habit-based approach to getting good nutrition that makes sense, feel free to hit me up right here.
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