We often make simple things complicated.
Nutrition is one of them.
Yes, there are certainly nuances and individual factors and disease states and preferences and environments that all play a role in the food we eat, the decisions we make, and the outcomes we achieve.
I respect that, because I work in that state every day.
Fundamentally, however, nutrition is simple.
Way beyond the individual nuances, there is the ugly burden of convenient, highly palatable, processed food.
If we steered clear of diets, counting the calories, trying the fads; and instead focused all of that energy on providing our body with whole foods, I know great things would happen to every single individual.
There's no question the causative effect processed food has had on our waistlines.
It's no secret that whole food, in its most natural form, is highly beneficial for our health.
So when asked the question, "just what the F*** do I eat then?", the answer is the same;
Whole foods. Vegetables, and lots of them. Fruit, legumes, lean meats, real dairy.
And we eat these foods in variety, we eat them slowly instead of just mindlessly stuffing them down, and we eat them in portions that align with our goals.
If you want to gain weight, eat a slightly larger portion. If you want to lose weight, eat a slightly smaller portion.
There really isn't any "secret". It's what we already intrinsically know. Now it's just execution.
My latest book, suitably titled "What The F*** Do I Eat?", visits these points in more detail.
For now, let move into some tactics.
How do you eat better?
1) Be more in tune with what you buy in the supermarket. What ends up in your cupboard, ends up in your mouth. Be aware while walking through the isles, that everything you put in the trolley, you'll be eating.
2) Make whole foods more convenient to eat. Chop carrots up into sticks and put them in an airtight container in the fridge, ready to eat. Keep bananas on the bench top, in sight for when you're looking for a snack. Pre-boil eggs and have them ready, wrapped in foil.
3) Set yourself daily targets. For example, create a target of eating 5 vegetables a day. Or, using a can of legumes in a dish. Or, having a vegetarian day during the week.
4) Audit your own food intake. This tip can be confronting, but it really works. Write down everything you eat and drink for a week, and when reading it back, imagine all of that food is laid out on the dining table infant of you. What's infant of you that isn't helping you get towards your goals?
5) Be prepared to make mistakes, and to fall off the bandwagon. Many of my clients get upset when they stuff up. I always say, "Did you really think you were going to be perfect everyday?". Prepare for, and embrace, mistakes. It's the only way you learn anything!
So, if you find yourself asking the question, "What The F*** Do I Eat?", here are some of your action points for right now:
1) Download my latest book, "What The F*** Do I Eat?". You can do that here
2) Register for my free 5 day weight loss nutrition video series. You can do that here
3) Ready for your own nutrition plan? You can get that here. Plus, I'll throw in a free 30 minute strategy call to talk you through it step by step.
4) Ready to start working with our nutrition and exercise team in the studio? You can do that here
Drew is a personal trainer and nutritionist and is the co-founder of Evexia Wellbeing. Drew specialises in long-term habit change, body composition training, and mindset.