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Last month, I posted several entries about simple, yet effective nutritional strategies. The message was clear, eat real food and stay away from the processed, artificial junk that fills most store shelves. Forget about all the fad diets, complex calculations, and worries that you were a few decimal points shy of hitting a certain nutrient percentage for the day.
I don’t follow any diets. I don’t count calories and I don’t count nutrient ratios. If you do, that is fine, but don’t spread fear to those who prefer a more basic approach to life (there are bigger problems in our world today). The Keep It Simple approach to nutrition works well, even if it isn’t very marketable from a business standpoint.
Personally, I eat real food when I’m hungry (ex. fruits, veggies, meats, eggs, fish, nuts, etc.), and I bust my ass in the gym. If I want to go out for a nice bite to eat, I go out and don’t lose sleep over it. Nutrition doesn’t need to be complex. More and more people want to discuss the nutrient habits of our ancestors (which is fine), but many who do seem to forget that our ancestors didn’t sit around the fire calculating specific ratios on the abacus.
Furthermore, why do so many nutritionists harp on the importance of reading the labels? What happened to eating food that doesn’t have a label? Why not instead promote fresh foods that will spoil? If you pick an apple from a tree, it doesn’t come with a label. The more real food that you can eat, the better. If you must fall back on an old chemistry class to determine the ingredients listed on a package, there is a good chance that it was not intended for human consumption.
And for a comical take on reading the labels, take a look at the video below. You won’t run into these problems if you simply eat real food from a plant or animal.