At some point in time we’ve all said the above statement.
But what do we mean when we say it?
Much like when we say we want to be fitter, we don’t necessarily know exactly what we mean.
Do we want to look better? Do we want to be injury free? Do we want to be able to do more pull ups or even our first pull up?
When we say we’ve been good with our food during the week it tends to mean a lot of different things for a lot of different people.
The most common interpretation of ‘good’ eating we unpack from our clients sounds like this;
I didn’t eat any biscuits this week.
I didn’t have a big breakfast.
I had a salad for lunch every day.
I didn’t snack.
“I’ve been good this week.”
If you were to explain this to a friend they would say wow you’re so great, you did so well. But explaining this to a nutrition coach and we might have some more questions.
Was avoiding biscuits this week easy or challenging?
What did you have for breakfast?
Did eating a salad for lunch make you feel full and satisfied?
Why didn’t you snack?
We often think good eating comes from absence of unfavourable foods but quite the opposite is true.
‘Good’ eating comes from adequate amounts of favourable foods in ADDITION to the enjoyment of unfavourable foods.
‘Balance’ is ACTUALLY not balance at all. We don’t want to see a 50/50 spread of unfavourable to favourable foods in your diet.
We also don’t want to see a huge absence of favourable foods we which me more commonly see.
Balance looks more like aiming for 800g of fruits and vegetables daily regardless of the day of the week. Eating adequate amounts of protein as well as fat from whole food sources every day. AND enjoying unfavourable foods in quantities that don’t result in excess body fat or taking you further away from your desired result or goal.
Yet we continually see adults eat little to nothing during the week and huge amounts at the weekend of all the foods and drinks that take use away from our goals due to the quantity in which we consume them.
If you’ve fallen into the trap of restricting things in the week and blowing out at the weekend, the chances are you’re not where you want to be with your body composition goals or weight goals.
We can help you unpack the misleading habits around food and provide clarity on how you should or could approach your diet.
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