I say this as lovingly as possible.  I do NOT want you on a diet.  Diets do NOT work.  I want you to HAVE a diet.  A diet rich in nutrition to fuel your body to workout, pick up your child, care for your family, cheer for your football team, work at your job, volunteer for your community, have a conversation with your friends, give you energy, to make you FEEL GOOD….the list goes on and on.

To get proper nutrition you have to ensure that your diet consists of all three macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats)  and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and water).  These are VITAL to your well-being.  Why?

1)  Carbohydrates are the MAJOR fuel source for your body.  Complex carbs (whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and legumes) should roughly make up 45-65% of your daily calories.

2)  Proteins are known as the “building blocks of life”.  The body uses proteins to build and repair muscle, skin, hair, brain, the nervous system, and even the antibodies used to fight off infection.  Roughly 10-35% of your daily calories should come from proteins.

3) Fats (YES, I said fats) are used by the body for insulation, hormone production, vitamin absorption, cell structure, and nerve transmissions.  You should be incorporating ” healthy fats” such as nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, and fatty fish (salmon, tuna, and mackerel) into your diet.  Healthy fats should make up 20-35% of your daily caloric needs.

4) Micronutrients are the “‘magic wands’ that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth and development” (WHO, 2007).

I am not going to sugar coat it for you.  Clean eating gives your body the vital nutrients it needs.  Strive to eat clean 80% of that time.  Moderation NOT deprivation is key.

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