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Healthy Eating Made Simple

Very few nutritionists in the world would argue with the following advice: eat real food, not too much, and mostly planted. Regardless of whether a person is trying to become an elite athlete or lose weight, it all starts at the same spot; it’s all a matter of what you are eating.

Eat real food

If you left real food on the shelf, it would perish and mold quickly. To extend the shelf life of a product and make that product taste good manufacturers put bad stuff in it by taking nutrients out. The quality of food is paramount. Forget the percentages, macros, micronutrients, meal timing, carb back-loading, etc. As Ben Bergeron said, “We’ve complicated something that doesn’t have to be complicated.”

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Not too much

Prepare a balanced plate every time you eat! Your plate should consist of the following:

  • About one palm-sized serving of proteins (4 to 6 ounces of salmon, fish, chicken, vegetal proteins … whatever you want)
  • One palm-sized serving of fruit or starch
  • One thumb-sized serving of fat
  • The rest is vegetables

The secret of not overeating is no snacking between meals!

Woman eating salad

Mostly planted

Your diet should be mainly plant-based because fruits and vegetables are the most nutrient-dense foods that you can eat. They are rich in magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B and C and more. The best choices are those that are low in sugar and the least calorie-dense. If you eat your fruits and vegetables raw you can pretty much enjoy them on an unlimited basis; if you cook them make sure they don’t exceed the size of the plate.

About supplementation

You should not be supplementing with anything unless you know why you’re doing it. That would be like not knowing what kind of car you’re driving, whether it’s gas or diesel. Unless you don’t lower your body fat percentages, the supplements won’t help you as much.

You do not get sick from one meal but you do get sick from a thousand meals. If you’re way above 150 g to 210 g of carbohydrates a day, the first thing to do is to make smart choices especially when you eat outside. Start improving your level of awareness and check how much sugar and how many carbohydrates you and your kids consume. After all, we want to help make the next generation as healthy as possible!

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