I know what you're thinking "no, not me! I'm way too smart to follow dogmatic guru advice!"
Well...perhaps that's true....but maybe not? How often have you fallen in line with and even suggested to a friend, the following "simple" advise... "Only eat real food".
Really? huh.....If I'd only known all this time....of course "REAL" food problem solved right? It might be not that easy.
Has a person giving you this advice ever defined "real food"? It depends on who you're talking to doesn't? Won't the Paleo crowd have a far different answer for you than the Atkins crowd? The first maybe suggesting farm-raised organic meat and nuts, the second suggesting maybe a Double Cheese burger with no bun.
What about a vegetarian or a vegan? Real food might be a nice tofu satay.
What about some who has no nutritional background whatsoever? Real food might be anything they can actually consume.
Then of course there's the argument, "well, real food is food that has not been processed". Ok, hmm, what about say frozen and chopped culiflower? That has of course been "processed" is it worse for you than.... an apple?
So going back to "Eat Real Food"...is that really that helpful?
If I don't have time to make organic eggs, and farm raised bacon for breakfast, am I really so much worse off to have some greek yogurt and some nuts? Or a protein shake?
Coming into 2015 when everyone wants to know 'the BEST Diet" to lose weight to be more healthy...start noticing the kind of dogma that is passed around.
First remove the word diet from you vernacular. This is life, for better or worse your nutrition is life long. And the best thing for YOU isn't the best thing for someone else. After all, is it really good advise and good nutrition if you can't follow it?
At the end of the day, when you get home late, and everyone is hungry, the kids are dirty and so is the house, and there's only a few precious hours before you go to bed and start it all over...you are probably going to want a more convenient option right? Of the three: a nutrient enhanced protein bar, a bowl of that sugary cereal you gave in and bought the kids, or salmon and kale salad which would you be more likely to choose? Probably one of the first two right?
It's ok to say yes!
Having the "perfect" meal plan only works if you can follow it, and I'm sorry but life is complicated and you're not always going to be able to eat "real food" .
So....what nutritional choices are going to keep you in the generally right direction? That 's the goal. Because you are going to get off track, but that's ok, as long as you are going in the general direction, it's all going to be ok I promise.
Sheena Temple has been a certified personal trainer for over four years and is the owner of High Desert Fitness. It's her vision to provide a comfortable environment for clients to train and improve their overall health and wellness.