You Are What You Eat
For this past May’s newsletter I wrote an article titled “Nutrition Reality Check.” It highlighted just how much more important a good clean diet was than exercise. And it just so happens that it is SO important…I’m going to do it again! Don’t worry, this isn’t a quick carbon copy of that article. In fact while I focused on making an example out of my days as a natural bodybuilding competitor in that article, I’m going to focus on a few more specific points regarding macro-nutrients in this one.
Everyone’s dietary needs are slightly different, but most of the time a diet the consists of approximately 50% of your daily total calorie consumption coming from carbohydrates, 25% from fats and 25% from protein is going to be pretty close to what we’d call a balanced diet. Of course if your goal is to lose weight, you should aim to consume slightly fewer total calories than you use on a daily basis.
20 years ago excessive fat intake was blamed for our expanding waistlines. As it turns out, dietary fats are not necessarily bad. Unsaturated fats like you’d find in everything from almonds to olive oil are incredibly good for you. More recently carbohydrates were blamed for our still increasing waistlines. Again, we’ve learned that not all carbs are bad either. In fact, it’s really just as simple as common sense would indicate: fruits, vegetables and whole grains are quite healthy…whereas candy, cake and donuts are not!
Lastly we have protein. The best advice I can give you for what type of protein to consume is that the fewer legs it had, the better it is for you! My father-in-law raises cattle, and God bless him, my wife and I thoroughly enjoy his beef. Pigs are good too, but turkey and chicken are typically healthier options than those four legged alternatives, just as fish are typically regarded as healthier still!
You don’t have to eat perfect to look perfect (And trust me, nobody does!), but the more you make a habit of eating things that used to grow out of the ground or walk on it, the healthier you’re likely to be.
Yours in health,
Robert M. Kennedy
Founding Member, Owner