Do you hear people talking about their “macros” and wonder whether they are speaking another language; a language you’re not sure you even want to learn? I get it- the nutrition world can be a confusing one! Macros or macronutrients, are nutrients that the body requires in large amounts to function, namely, carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The ratio of these macronutrients in your way of eating can have you either performing at your best or struggling to get off the couch. The key is that different ratios work for different people. THERE IS NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL WAY OF EATING.

One person may do well on more carbohydrates and less fat while others may find the reverse is true. A good starting point is to focus on adding in things to your day (more whole food, veges, fruits etc) instead of focusing on taking things out, as this can lead to a restrictive mindset which rarely leads to a sustainable way of eating. As we start to eat more nutrient rich food we start to make better nutritional choices. Your best way of eating will depend on many factors including hunger, fullness, preferences, goals, overall activity level, sleep quality, stress levels and results as you notice them. So where does this leave you when you’re trying to discover what is the best way of eating for you? Curiosity is key here! What people generally miss when they adopt a generic eating plan, is what truly has them feel their best based on a process of trial and error.  This takes time and patience. Where I often start with clients is simply by asking them to consume food more slowly in an environment with little distraction. Just by utilizing this one change in behaviour, many people notice a decrease in mindless eating which leads to less consumption overall.

Remember, good nutrition:

  • Asks you to care about your food and eating as this way you can make more mindful, deliberate choices about what you put in your body.
  • Focuses on food quality. Regardless of macro nutrient breakdown, eating better quality food will improve most people’s health significantly.
  • Helps eliminate nutritional deficiencies.
  • Helps control appetite and food intake.
  • Promotes regular exercise. When we pay attention to the food we’re eating we typically start thinking about physical activity too and how one can impact the other.

If you want to get clear on how to work on designing your best way of eating, join Tracy Fisher on Sat, Sept 28th from 1:30-3:30. If you have anything you’d like Tracy to include in this presentation please reach out to her at tracy@choosingcourage.ca