There are a million blog posts out there on the inter-webs that will tell you what you should be eating, what you should not be eating, how you should workout, and how you shouldn’t… It is amazingly easy to get so wrapped up in the details, or just out right confused, about what is best that you focus on one single thing and stick to it without regard for what else could help you (best case scenario) or you get so overwhelmed with information that you do nothing, paralysis by analysis.
Here is the magic little secret that no one wants to tell you:
Everybody is different!
Yeah, I said it. I’m not the only one saying it either… More on that in a minute. Now I profess some pretty simple guideline when it comes to getting your nutrition plan on the right track:
- Eat real food. If it has a list of ingredients on it you’re probably on the wrong path here…
- Eat as much or as little as you need to support your training and lifestyle. If you’re throwing down in the box 6 times per week and jumping into wildfires during your day job you probably need to eat more than most.
- Test, test, test. You are your own science experiment. You are also responsible for you!
- Don’t be a neurotic weirdo (unless someone is paying you to workout or be naked)… If you’re just a normal dude (dudette) you can actually enjoy a “cheat” meal (or day) every once in a while.
That’s really it. This advice pertains to the vast majority of people out there. Now, like I’ve said before, if someone is paying to look/perform a certain way then the rules are different for you. If you are just trying to optimize your life, lifestyle, health, and fitness then you’ll probably be pretty good with the things I’ve mentioned above.
Okay, I’m off my soapbox
Now to get to the title of this post. Click on the link below when you have 15 minutes to sit down and read a looog post about nutrition. There are some great insights here and I think most people need this kind of reality check.
Here are some highlights
- The Caveman theme is a simple theme to remember and practically apply, thus it is a great educational tool for almost everyone: from advanced athletes who have been information overloaded by the fitness industry, all the way down to the complete beginner that doesn’t know (or care) much about nutrition, and needs a simple approach to get started.
- If you think drinking Sprite is going to help you play basketball like Kobe Bryant, I can’t help you. My two cents is to lean more towards our evolutionary and/or cultural pasts rather than modern marketing madness.
- Listen, I think you should eat “optimally” 80-90% of the time and do whatever you want the other 10-20% of the time for sanity, sustainability, and social reasons.
- There are many athletes that look great on the outside, but are train wrecks internally. They are extremely unhealthy and dealing with side effects such as sleep disturbances, depression, elevated disease risk factors (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar), metabolic damage, digestive disorders, and a lack of natural hormonal production/control as a result of performance enhancing drug usage, recreational drug usage, pharmaceutical drugs to combat medical symptoms, and poor food choices. Ever wonder why there are so many dicks in the fitness industry? Maybe that’s a part of it. And that’s not hardcore or tough my friends. That’s just plain stupid.
- I’ve helped some clients make dramatic improvements in both their body composition and biomarkers of health by using a Paleo model as a simple guide. I know my colleague Robb Wolf has literally saved lives with his work. Why would you try and tear results like that down?
I could keep going but I’d be here all day…Take a look at the article for yourself and if you have a minute come back here and post your insights to the comments!