Knowing how to properly fuel your body can be confusing to say the least. Some research will have you convinced that cutting carbs is the way to go, while other research will make the complete opposite claim. It can be frustrating to navigate what to eat and what to avoid. The truth is that everyone is different and what might work well for one person can cause issues with another. So unfortunately, there isn't a one size fits all answer, but that means you can have fun experimenting to see what works best for you.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" - Hippocrates
Diet vs. Lifestyle
The word diet can feel restricting and time-sensitive. For example, you know you must cut x, y, and z for a certain amount of time to create the desired outcome. Whereas, seeing what you eat as a lifestyle choice gives you the power back. For example, Emily is plant-based and chooses to fuel her body with fruits, veggies, legumes (beans, lentils, etc.), grains, and healthy fats from plants (avocados, nuts, seeds, etc.) daily. She knows that she needs to eat throughout the day to fuel her busy lifestyle so makes sure to bring food that is healthy and easy to eat on the go in the barn.
Eat Whole Food
With all the controversy that goes on in the nutrition industry, one thing most people can agree on is that eating whole foods is the healthiest way to consume calories. It's hard to avoid processed food altogether, but as a general rule, the fewer ingredients listed, the better, and if you can't pronounce an ingredient, it's probably best to not put it in your body.
"When you start eating food without labels, you no longer need to count calories." -Amanda Kraft
One thing that can be hugely helpful is to plan ahead for your nutrition needs throughout the day and/or week. We've all been guilty of not eating properly during the day and then being so hungry by the end of it that we eat whatever is readily available in large quantities. Chances are if you haven't meal prepped or stocked your fridge and pantry with healthy options you will end up eating junk. However, if you have the foresight to have healthy options available when you need them it will be much easier to make the "right" decision.
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