My knowledge surrounding nutrition is continuously evolving. It’s important for health coaches to stay up to date with the latest research instead of buying into a static doctrine regarding wellness.
With that being said, there are some principles surrounding nutrition that I will not change:
1. Do the best you can with what you have.
Eat the best quality of food that you can possibly afford. Can’t afford organic? Invest in a great vegetable wash. Can’t afford Vitamin D supplements? Eat plenty of oranges and get outside in the sun!
Too many health coaches and nutrition professionals make people feel that if their food is not from expensive health food markets, then they are not doing things right. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If you are doing the best you can with what you have today and making strides toward making your wellness a financial priority, then you are on the right track for success. Don’t let anyone ever tell you any different.
2. Eat real food.
Real Food to me is food that comes from plants, animals, or the sea – not created in a lab. I also don’t consider it to be “real” if I cannot pronounce it. If you must do Packaged food, look for labels with fewer than 5 ingredients.
3. Treat your microbiome like its your baby.
Your gut houses a large community of microbes. These microbes affect many functions of the body including; your immune system, neurological activity, and your metabolism. Just like a baby, it is important to nourish them with nutrient-dense food and beverages.
4. Listen to your body instead of counting calories.
Our bodies are not calculators, and the calorie counting philosophy of “calories in and calories out” often leads people to under eat and does not encourage them to focus on eating nutrient-dense foods. Instead of calorie counting, try journaling. How do you feel right now? What did you eat 24-36 hours ago? Pay attention to what your body is telling you.