Eating is simple, if you understand what Macro Nutrients are and why you need them.
- Healthy Fats
- Fibrous Carbs
Let's talk Fats
Healthy Fats are essentials in our daily diet for a variety of reasons. Fat gives us sustainable energy, are high satiety (help us feel full for longer), supports our brain function as well as gives our skin a glowing complexion.
As most of us know, the Ketogenic diet has become the "new" rage when it comes to weight/fat loss and for a good reason. Keto has been deemed the "Never Hungry Diet" due to its high “healthy" fat content and low carbohydrate intake. However, Keto is not for everyone and just including a good serving of healthy fats in your daily nutrition intake can give you many nutritional benefits while shrinking your mid-section.
Ideally you should be consuming 2-3 servings per day of healthy fats.
A few essentials are:
- Nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, brazil nuts)
- Nut butters
- Olive, Avocado, MCT Oil / Coconut Oil
- Flax Seeds
- Hemp Hearts
- Sunflower, Pumpkin seeds
AKA: Fruits and Veggies
Anything that falls into this category should make up most of your plate. Imagine a pie plate - 2/3 should be filled with vegetables. Fibrous Carbs are filled with fibre, which helps you feel full longer, aids in digestion, are filled with vitamins and minerals and help trim away unwanted weight and fat.
The beautiful thing about consuming an abundance of Fibrous Carbs is that you get such an assortment of goodness. You often feel full faster, and you don't have the bloating or unwanted weight gain when you focus on eating most vegetables at each meal. Ideally you should be consuming at least 2 servings of fresh fruit or vegetables at every meal. Some for staying on track when it comes to including veggies in your diet.
Buy an assortment of (preferably organic) veggies weekly
- Farmers market, local grocery store, SPUD delivery service
- Wash, peel and cut up all veggies ahead of time and store in a large container inside your fridge
- Pre-pack your own veggie trays in small containers
- Choose in Season veggies
- Try new salad recipes online or do the “Empty the Crisper" salad, where you add all your veggies and toss
Remember, 2/3 of your plate should be Vegetables!
ProteinWe all know just how important protein is for the growth of lean muscle mass within the body however protein has a substantial amount of other benefits in the body. Protein is one of our body's most important nutrients. It is found throughout our entire body such as our hair, nails, ligaments and muscles. Protein also plays a role in our body’s metabolism.
When our diet is lacking in protein we start to feel and see effects such as a loss of muscle mass, increased fat mass, brittle nails and hair as well as signs of aging. Collagen is our bodies most abundant form of protein.
If weight loss or management is your goal be sure to include protein 3-4 times a day depending on your weight. Protein is also high satiety (keeps us full for longer) and provides our body with over 20 different amino acids, which are the building blocks to our body. Whether you are plant based, vegan or getting your protein through animal sources, make sure that you aim to consume around 20-25gs per serving (the size of your palm).