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"What should I eat?" : A beginner's guide to nutrition

Updated: Mar 18, 2020

It is said that nutrition and healthy eating is 80% of the equation when it comes to seeing results, yet it seems to be the area people struggle with the most. It can be hard to know where to start, so here’s a few tips to help you in the right direction.

Keep a food journal for at least 14 days and log everything you eat. This can be with an app like myfitnesspal or in a paper journal, or even taking pictures of each meal. Then reflect on your eating habits and ask yourself: “Is this fueling my body? Am I serving my body well?” You don’t need to live off of wheatgrass and water but you should be able to tell fairly easily if you are getting a nutritionally dense variety.


Visit choosemyplate.gov for a simple overview of nutritional balance and eating well. Eating should be enjoyable, and serve your body. Use this resource as a starting point to get some ideas on what sort of balance you should have on your plate.


Eat with longevity in mind, not fast results. “Dieting” can be stressful, difficult, discouraging, and hard on your body. By making changes that are maintainable, you are more likely to create healthy habits that will stick with you your whole life.


Don’t just jump in and overhaul everything at once. Start small, and work your way up to big changes. Swapping one meal a day for plant-based, or cutting out one trip to McDonalds a week, or switching from a daily latte to a black coffee can be great places to start.


Plan out your meals ahead of time. Knowing what you’re going to cook and making sure you have the ingredients for it can make a big difference on what meal choices you make. Whether you enjoy prepping meals ahead of time, or cooking as you go, it is always good to make sure you have a variety of healthy staples available at all times.


Prep your snacks and watch your serving sizes. Snacks are important because they will keep you fueled through the day and will help you stay satiated between meals. Make sure your snacks are ready to go ahead of time, and are nutritionally dense (healthy balance of protein, carbs, and fats). Some good examples would be a rice cake with some nut butter and banana slices, or carrot sticks and hummus, or some crunchy roasted chickpeas.