Having jumped in and out of different ways of eating and diets for the last 10 plus years, I have learnt a lot about my body and the importance of having respect for my body as it serves me everyday.
I have eaten low carb, vegetarian, paleo, keto, IIFYM (if it fits your macros), shake diets, you name it I’ve probably tried it. It’s only been in the last 2-3 years that I have really worked out what my body needs. This being REAL FOOD. When I “cut the crap” , and took away highly processed foods my body thanked me for it. I no longer felt bloated, tired, sore constantly, hangry (hunrgy and angry) and everything in between. This was by no means a “ new diet” it was just eating real food. Its funny when you don’t eat a certain food, for example bread and people say “oh you don’t eat bread, what diet are you on now” hahah always makes me laugh. People are so use to eating highly processed foods, like bread that not eating bread and eating real unprocessed food is seen to be strange.
Eating the way I do now has had such a positive impact on my life. My training and ability to recover quickly is great, my sleep has improved, my energy has improved and my body composition naturally changed without putting a big emphasis on it. I cant remember a time in my life where I have felt this good.
Nathan and I are often asked with our online coaching, what diet we prescribe to our clients. The answer is, a real food diet. Some people respond really well to a high fat/protein and low carb, and others are the complete opposite. The common point being it is real food. Focussing on the quality of the food allows us to dictate the quantity that is consumed. There are so many people who are emotionally attached to food and then have continuous issues with satiety levels and continue to constantly eat crappy food in large quantities. Lack of knowledge and understanding of food choices can lead to uninformed poor choices. Just because something is in the health food isle does not mean the food is “good” for you. Ingredient lists a mile long, including seed oils which are not going to give you the appropriate fat needed, and will not fuel your body effectively (e.g chronic fatigue/hunger).
My advise to you, is to read further then the front of a packet. If you are going to consume processed or packet food, look at the ingredient list. If there are copious amounts of ingredients and preservatives, ask yourself what this food is going to do for you. Eating real food, fresh meat and vegetables takes the guesswork out of grocery shopping.
This is the best way of eating I have ever experienced, and all it is, is eating real, unprocessed food!!!
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