Sadly, the people that create and market the food we buy every day, do not have our fitness goals in mind, however, they certainly want to make it seem like they do. So, how do you avoid the nasties and work out what’s legit (as in with science) and what’s shit (as in with the title of this post)? Voilà…here we have some ridiculously simple tips on how to avoid being a health food victim:
ALWAYS CHECK THE LABEL
Many ‘health foods’ contain questionable subtext in the form of ingredients. It’s all too common for a brand to highlight the ‘good’ bits with clever marketing and fail to mention the sneaky little add-ons waltzing into your body unannounced. This also goes for nutritional information. For instance, ‘low-fat’ might also mean ‘high sugar’ – just flip that packaging over before you get too committed and let it move in with you…
DO YOUR RESEARCH – THE RIGHT WAY
Nutrition experts are out there, but so are misinformed articles and blogs giving out bogus advice on what you ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ be eating. A huge number of people take to the internet for inspiration and tips when going through a fitness journey, (same mate, same) but it’s so important to get your facts right…find out how claims are backed up with actual science & learn about how your body really works – it will help you cut through the bullshit and make more informed choices.
MODERATION IS EVERYTHING
The phrase ‘too much of a good thing’ was created for a reason. Whatever health benefits a particular food or product claim to have, make sure you don’t go overboard. On the other hand, cutting out entire food groups from your diet? Not so cool either. Balance and variety keep you interested in food and prevent ‘salad sadness’.
The best way to know exactly what’s going into your meals, is by making them yourself. But this definitely doesn’t have to be complicated…simple recipes with fresh ingredients can still be the business. And if you’re not big on kitchen skills, just start with the basics and work your way up. You’ll be getting fancy with the spices in no time.
FIND OUT WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
Your body, your mouth, your way. One size simply doesn’t fit all when it comes to lifestyle. There are people that smoke and drink themselves into ripe old ages. There are also people that eat #cleanfolife and still don’t hit their 30s. Test things, try things, love things, hate things, but do it for YOU, and listen to your inner dialogue. Our bodies have incredible ways of letting us know when they’re not feeling too cute, so pay attention and learn what makes your little world feel good.
These points are nothing revolutionary, I realise this, but they are a good starting point to keep in mind if you’re starting out on a lifestyle overhaul or just stuck in a bit of a rut.