eating healthy in your 50s

Good Nutrition Isn’t Complicated

Last week I shared with you the first part of my 5-part series – my reaction and response to the Time magazine article “The Weight Loss Trap”.

If you missed Part I, you can read it here.

I alluded to the fact that I understand why you might be frustrated with the diet industry and if you’re ready to put all the past diet “failures” behind you and move forward, you can, and I gave a few steps you can take to move toward that (if you wish).

To expound on last week’s post, today I want to share with you what I think the diet industry tries to lead people to believe…

The diet industry tries to lead people to believe that nutrition is complicated, when it’s actually very simple – it’s healthy, whole foods in an appropriate quantity.

Is that a sexy answer? No, but it’s the truth – there is no one-size-fits-all diet.

Of course there are diets floating around that claim if you eat this and drink that, you will “lose 10 pounds in 10 days”…

But, you and I both know what happens after those 10 days – those 10 pounds come back and they bring some of their friends along to join the party… and they never leave.

So, if you truly want to lose weight and do it the right way, meaning you don’t mess up your metabolism because of a strict diet, you’re going to have to just eat healthy foods in an appropriate quantity. It’s really that simple.

Simple, yes. Easy? Well, perhaps easier than you might think…

Stay tuned because next week, I’m going to share with you a tip that I have some of my clients doing that is helping them accelerate their results.

It’s not a gimmick or trick; rather it’s a practical addition to something you might even be currently doing.

In the meantime, evaluate* where you are today when it comes to your nutrition, based on the:

Quality of your foods –

  • Are they mostly whole foods (living at some time) or processed (coming out of a box, bag, etc.)? What percentage of each do you eat in your current diet (whole foods vs. processed)?

Quantity of your foods –

  • Do you feel like you’re eating too much? Too little? Then ask yourself: “What is this evaluation based on?”

*This is important: Do the exercise above with a curiosity/observation approach rather than with a judgment approach. It’s easy for us women to judge ourselves and then feel bad about our faults or limitations. It’s hard for me too! In other words, do your best to just observe where you are right now, rather than judge where you are.

Any questions? Leave them in the comments section below.

Otherwise, I’ll see you next week!

 

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