“Whats your opinion on bread?” “Is Juice bad for you?”
As a Health and Fitness Professional, I can tell you that 90% of the time these are the questions people will approach me with.
There’s so many fads and diets to choose from how could one possibly know what is good and what is bad?! I understand it can be extremely overwhelming to hear one person tell you cold pressed juice is the best thing since sliced bread (wait…what?) or you might hear opposing views like “oh, cold pressed juice is bad, you’ll never lose weight that way”
I am hear to break down the differences on how to CHOOSE what is good or bad for YOU. I am not here to tell you what you can or cannot have.
You’ve probably heard enough protocols on what is good or bad for you to eat from your girlfriend, your co-worker, or even your cashier at the grocery store.
I want to help you identify what your goals and priorities in nutrition are and clearly point out the differences between eating styles.
I began the practice of vegetarianism as a sophomore in high school. At the time both of my parents were in and out of the hospital facing life threatening diseases, and when my mother introduced me this healthy eating style that has been proven to effectively treat and/or prevent numerous diseases in the body, I was hooked! I can remember the day I sat in the office of the holistic practitioner, waiting for my mom to finish her coaching session. I was flooded with information and success stories, and that was the moment I decided I would take my health into my own hands! I would not live in and out of hospitals for the rest of my life!
What I am getting at here is that this was the phase in my life that I solely followed a healthy eating lifestyle. Is cold pressed juice good for you? Of course, its loaded with nutrients and cancer fighting antioxidants! Is an extra large salad drizzled in avocado oil, and loaded with fruits and nuts good for you? Of course! Give me all the Omega 3 fatty acids for a healthy heart!
A few years later I was introduced to bodybuilding and that art of body manipulation.
Now lets pause my story for a second. Remember I mentioned having clear goals and priorities? So many people come to me asking if something is good for them but they don’t realize how generic of a questions that is. Our bodies are very intricate and diverse machines. Is it good for you in what context? I have learned that a majority of the time people are wanting to know “Will this help me lose body fat” or “Will this help me build muscle”.
Lets get back to my story…
As I dove deeper and deeper into the world of body manipulation I became so intrigued! I learned about caloric intake and macronutrients. There is a concept called IIFYM, that utterly defines what body manipulation means.
IIFYM stands for If It Fits Your Macros. I learned that if I was required to have 100 grams of carbs per day, who cares if it comes from brown rice or gummy bears!? How awesome! You mean I can eat gummy bears and get the dream body I’ve always wanted? Sign me up!
See this is what I love about nutrition. If you understand the fundamentals you can have the best of both worlds. Eventually my morals for a healthy eating lifestyle began to haunt me and I knew this IIFYM would not be an excuse to live on junk food forever. Moreover it became a tool. A tool to allow myself flexibility. To enjoy myself once in a while but still stay on track with body manipulation.
I hope my story is helpful in identifying what your health and fitness priorities are. Because remember, healthy eating and body manipulation are not the same!