Nutrition is a hot topic that is discussed by just about every magazine writer, talk show host, fitness expert and guru in the industry. It seems like just about everyone can quote some scientific research, touting the benefit of eating one certain type of diet or another, or ramble on about the scientific reasons why some foods are better for you than others.
In my opinion, all of these scientific intellectual ramblings may actually be part of the reason why people still have a hard time eat healthy.
Let’s face it, when it comes to understanding what’s good for us and what’s not, “science” is confusing the heck out of us!
Because the science of nutrition seems to involve flip-flopping your opinions every other day, the best approach to eating healthy is to look at nutrition with the most simplified technique possible.
I call this technique the “good food, bad food” technique. In your mind think about what your current goals are, whether it is sports performance, weight loss, weight gain or overall health, identify your goals.
Once you have your goals firmly in your head, think of a food, any food.
Now ask yourself “Will this food move me closer to my goals or farther away from my goals?”. If you believe it will help you move closer to your goal, then eat it.
If you believe, it will actually move you away from your goals, then don’t eat it, or at least eat it moderately and in very small portions.
The key to this technique is that you have to believe that there are no “neutral” foods. It is either good or bad.
The main reason many people shy away from eating healthy is that they believe that nutrition is a very complex and confusing topic.
But when people stop thinking about their nutrition, they start eating whatever is put in front of them, and when we eat what is put in front of us, chances are we over eat, and eat the wrong foods.
However, when we simplify the problem down to “good food, bad food” it becomes very easy to “think nutrition”. It is not complex or confusing. It simply returns to very fundamental wisdom that your grandmother probably told you when you were a child. Gravitate towards fruits and vegetables and lean protein, and be weary of anything processed (generally foods that you buy in a bag or in a box).
So forget all the debates and all the fads. It doesn’t matter whether or not aspartame is good for you. Look at that diet cola and ask yourself if it will move you closer to your goals. If the answer is no, then go get a sparkling water, or green tea or any other drink that you think will move you towards your goals.
By following this principle, it makes it easier to “think” nutrition. Every time you put some food in front of you ask the simple question “good or bad” and then act accordingly.
You will find that by simplifying nutrition down to this simple equation you can make dramatic improvements in the way you eat, and avoid a lot of the confusion that is out there.