I see a lot of nutrition advice get passed around in the world, but it’s not always good advice.
Personally, I’m not interested in a “Green Cleanse” or a 460-day Elimination Diet. What I am interested in is helping people eat a clean diet and figure out what works for them. We’re all individuals and, despite sharing the same basic human body, our insides can handle things in radically different ways, so it’s very rarely one-size-fits-all out there.
But what I can tell you is what works for me, so here are my top five nutrition tips:
- Avoid Sugar As Much As Possible
This is huge and that’s why it’s #1. Sugar will kill you. Yes, it tastes delicious but it is so bad for you. Be vigilant in looking for it on every food label you come across, because sugar is in some food products that you would never think would have it. Sugar is everywhere, and Sugar Is the New Smoking. Does that mean you can’t have a treat once in a while or you forever can’t enjoy a birthday cake with your kids? No! Just treat sugar like a treat, and avoid it the rest of the time.
- Avoid Gluten As Much As Possible
Gluten isn’t doing anything good for you. It’s a filler that wrecks havoc on the intestines of many people and generally makes them feel bloated and irritated. At Steve’s PaleoGoods, we don’t make anything with gluten. You don’t need gluten to survive or thrive, so skip it whenever you can.
- On Occasion, Enjoy Your Favorite Non-Paleo Foods
I eat clean most of the time, but about every other day, I enjoy a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream . I know it’s not that great for me, but I look forward to my treat and I lick my lips like a little kid afterward. Why? Because I know we’re not here to just live as rule-following, never-varying drudges who have no fun and refuse to stray from the Paleo Bible. It’s important to relax, indulge once in while, and enjoy life! So go ahead and live!
- Cook Your Own Food As Much As Possible
No matter where you go or how much you read a menu or ask questions, you’ll never know your meal’s ingredients as well as when you cook it yourself. Period. Dot.
- Don’t Overeat
Don’t do it. No matter whether it’s unhealthy or healthy food. Overeating is bad for you, and you don’t want to get in the habit. When you’re full, push away from the table and go do something else. Take your dog for a walk. Ride bikes with your kids. Take a stroll around your backyard. Do anything but overeat. Set yourself up for success, not failure.
If you want to eat clean, then the place you need to get used to is your own kitchen. Stock your kitchen like a Paleo Pantry, buy grass-fed meat and delicious sauces from Steve’s PaleoGoods, and download a bunch of our recipes for great breakfast meals (and other Paleo-friendly meals and treats). The best meal is the one you make with your own hands.
Those are my Top 5 Nutrition Tips. I’d be interested in hearing yours! Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post them in comments on our Facebook page. Tell us what works for you. Thanks!