Keep it simple, silly. (The true acronym actually uses “stupid” but ya’ll aren’t stupid.)
When it comes to nutrition, and health in general, we love to overcomplicate: juice cleanses, fad diets, meal replacement shakes, intricate food tracking, IIFYM, fasting, skinny teas… you get the picture. For some, these may be the answer. For most, they’re a quick fix – without an actual fix.
I’ve been there. Trying excruciatingly hard to lose those last few pounds, feel better in shorts, or just feel better in general. I’ve turned to all sorts of diets and supplements without much lasting luck. Until I realized: when I stick to what I know, I feel good, perform well, and look my best.
Which is what I mean when I say, “Keep it simple.” If you’ve been struggling with your diet or just don’t know how to eat – get back to your roots (as a human being, not necessarily the ones you had growing up) and I can almost guarantee you’ll experience results that last.
So what do we know?
- Plants = clean fuel and micronutrients. Eat more fruits and veggies. Fill in all the gaps with fresh food that grows from the Earth.
- Water is essential. Skip the sugary drinks and put down the juice. 10,000 years ago people weren’t sipping on Mountain Dew every day.
- Less sugar is best. Want to go all out and rid your diet of sugar altogether? Good for you! But for those of us who have a powerful sweet tooth, just cutting back a little can make a big difference.
- Fat isn’t the enemy – but try to stick to the unsaturated variety when you can.
- Carbs aren’t the enemy either – your body craves this incredibly potent fuel. Just make sure you’re reaching for the good kind.
- Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you’re full. Boredom can disguise itself as hunger so make sure you have a plan for when those cravings hit. Such as taking a walk, drinking a tall glass of water, or calling a friend.
- Fewer ingredients are better. Usually.
- If you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want to eat it. Usually.
- Practice mindful eating. Eating in front of the TV, plugged into your phone, or honed in on any distraction can cause you to eat more than you intended. Plus, it’s been shown that we taste less and enjoy food less when we’re focused on other things while eating.
- Eat a variety of foods. The more colors, shapes, and sizes, the better.
- EAT WHAT YOU LOVE. Food should be enjoyed. Don’t starve yourself or force yourself to eat things you simply don’t like. I hate fish even though I know it’s healthy. Do I force myself to eat it? Heck no.
There you have it. The only diet advice you’ll ever need. KISS.