This is the second (and final) part of this post. You can check out part 1 here.
Your personal response profile to the food
Now that you are buying and eating great quality, minimally processed, fresh food, you still need to make sure your body is responding well to the food you’ve eaten. Each person’s body is unique and responds/processes nutrients in a different way.
Without getting into the specifics, this is an important nutrition principle that can impact everything from how much food you eat at later meals, how satisfied you feel after eating, your moods, blood sugar levels,energy and the ability to reach your body composition goals.
If you and I both ate the same meal of the healthiest food possible, we would respond differently to it (it’s based on the principle of biochemical individuality – like our metabolic fingerprint). This is the foundation of the Metabolic Typing approach to nutrition that I feel is the most logical, and flexible approach to nutrition that I’ve encountered in my 25 years of fitness and wellness coaching.
Once we understand our personal responses to the food we eat, it becomes simple to make adjustments that optimize those responses over time. That means no more counting calories, weighing food, or stressing about grams of carbs, fats, or protein! You can enjoy eating great tasting, high quality food in appropriate portions without all the drama.
If you want to find out your metabolic type, just download the form here. It asks you 14 simple questions and will provide a starting point for your metabolic typing transition. Once you find out your metabolic type, just email us for a customized and detailed report outlining the key nutritional changes you should make for your metabolic type.
How does your decision fit into your future plans?
This is often an area where people set themselves up for failure. First, most people don’t have future nutrition plans… other than to vaguely “eat better”, “eat healthier”, or “lose weight”. In reality, these aren’t considered plans, they are merely general statements without a framework for clarity or success.
Take a few minutes to outline your ideal nutrition philosophy and approach to eating. This plan will help shape your daily actions around food, and the decisions you make about what to eat. If you have no idea where to start, then get help from one of our coaches! This is the first step, and absolutely critical to creating a plan that will help you be successful long term. Here are a couple points to get you started:
- What are your health and wellness goals?
- How will your nutrition decisions impact those goals?
- Do you have strong beliefs about food? What are they? Why?
- Do you follow a specific type of eating plan? Why?
- What have been your biggest challenges around food? What will you change to overcome these issues?
- How proud are you of your nutrition behaviors?
- How will you change this to improve in the future?
By answering these questions, you will get a better picture of what you are currently doing, why you are doing it, where you want to get to, why you want to accomplish your future goals, and what decisions/choices will need to be made each day to get you there.
Second, many people think that eating healthy means sacrifice, struggle, lots of effort, and denying yourself great tasting food. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
Once you start eating healthier, you will realize how much the processed garbage you were living off has changed your palette. Fresh, whole foods, cooked properly have great flavor. Add some herbs and spices to your particular taste profile, and you will be amazed at how great food can be, and how incredible it makes you feel.
Now, this doesn’t mean that healthy eaters never indulge. It simply means that an indulgence is exactly that…a once in a while activity, and not the norm. If you eat well 80-90% of the time, an occasional indulgence will be enjoyed, and have minimal impact on your long term health and vitality!
Most people are the opposite. They eat like crap 80% of the time, and then feel so bad they have to “diet” or “detox” the other 20% of the time. This gets stressful, frustrating, and is VERY hard on your body, mind, metabolism, and long term progress.
So, plan to have “treats”, “indulgences”, and to enjoy life! It should be part of your nutrition philosophy. I encourage you to look closely and critically at your ACTUAL nutrition behaviors because many people are in denial about how (and what) they actually eat.
I’ve had hundreds of clients sit in front of me and genuinely say “I eat well, and exercise regularly, but have struggled to lose weight”. Once we dive into the ACTUAL nutrition habits, there are usually a number of areas they failed to see (or address). It’s these overlooked issues that derail most people’s weight loss efforts. The reality is that if you are exercising regularly and eating properly, you will be able to achieve and maintain your ideal body composition.
Hopefully these last 2 posts have spurred you to take a deeper look at your nutrition and motivated you to make some changes. Of course, we know that change is hard, and many people struggle. if you ever need help with the details and staying on track, please let us know. Our goal is to help you life an awesome, active, and healthy life!
Yours in health,
FRESH! Wellness Group