WHAT IS GOOD NUTRITION?
Good nutrition is more complicated than “following the rules.”
Good nutrition controls energy balance. We don’t eat too much or too little.
Good nutrition gives us nutrients. Each food has a certain nutrient density, or nutrients per amount of food. Since we want to eat the right amount of food for our need, we want to make sure that that food is loaded with nutrients.
Good nutrition helps people look better. Feel better. Perform better. Live better. And just BE better overall. My goal as a nutrition coach is to help my clients do what is most import to them, without other things getting out of balance.
Good nutrition is outcome-based. Every nutrition choice you make will lead to an outcome. Those outcomes can be measured. And they’re a great mirror of reality. If someone thinks they are eating really “healthy”, but they just don’t have the body, health or performance that could be expected, maybe that person’s idea of “healthy” doesn’t match reality. Maybe they’re not making outcome-based decisions.
Good nutrition is sustainable for both us and the planet. Luckily, what helps the planet usually helps our body and health as well.
Good nutrition is about removing limiting factors. My goal is to help clients identify their limiting factors – the things that stand between them and reaching their goals. Some possible limiting factors may include genetics and epigenetics, exercise, physiology, mindset and environment.
Good nutrition looks for strengths and wins. Good nutrition isn’t about “following the rules” or “being strict”. It’s about enabling happier, healthier, fuller lives.
...Which begs the question…
WHAT'S THE BEST DIET?!
The secret: There isn’t one.
Due to the many ways that clients differ including body type, fitness level and body composition, dietary preferences and exclusions, budgets, preferences for organic versus conventional, nutrition knowledge and diet history, time availability, schedules, ethnic background and heritage, age, etc.…..you can see why it’s impossible to have a one-diet-fits-all approach. I prefer to take a flexible approach. I know what works for me but I don’t really belong to any specific nutrition camp at all (been there, done that). I guess I’m what you’d call a “nutrition agnostic.”