Nutrition

Healthy Eating Made Easy

Cary Register

Fitness and Leadership Editor

Healthy eating isn’t something too complicated or expensive for your average shopper. A few guidelines can make all the difference. Diet is something that took me years to figure out. Even spending all the time in the world working out, I never achieved the results I wanted until I learned how to eat the right way. I am imparting the following tips which can save you years of time, and money better saved achieving the results you want without extensive trial and error.

Main Point of Focus

For me, the best thing I have learned when it comes to a healthy diet is to focus on protein. My cardinal rule of thumb is to prioritize protein and then focus on the other food groups. In every meal I try to eat a large amount of protein.  This accomplishes two tasks. First, it fuels my muscles with the required protein I need to grow. Second, the protein fills me up and allows me not to overindulge in carbs that can so easily set me over the edge and cause me to gain unwanted fat.

Carbs and Fats

I don’t advocate cutting out all carbs, but not all carbs are created equal. Carbs that come from fruits and vegetables are superior to processed carbs that come from grains. Focus on fruits and veggies and your energy levels will be much more stable and you can avoid feelings of lethargy. Processed carbs clog up your system and cause you to crash after eating them.

Fats are not something to be avoided, but animal fats and fat coming from fruits like avocados are better than other more processed fats. Your body can actually run on fat, when it has depleted the energy it converts from carbohydrates. Fat does not cause fat gain, and it can actually help you to burn fat if your body has become fat adapted. The point is that fat is not something to shy away from.

Shopping

The best way to shop for a healthier diet is to shop around the outside of the store. Avoid the aisles and focus on produce, meat, eggs, cheese, etc. Look for whole foods and if it comes in a package, 3 ingredients or less is the best option.

If you eat whole foods you don’t need to worry about gaining weight and you will feel much healthier and more energetic. You can’t go wrong by cutting out junk like processed foods and TV dinners. Now you can delve deep into the science of diet, and get into counting calories and macros, and I would encourage you to do this, but you can also focus on a mindset of eating healthier overall and watch as the pounds melt off of you. At the very least this is a good as any place to start.

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