"You cannot out train a bad diet" and on the most part that statement is true. However, we prefer not to think of food as either good or bad. There are some foods that are more ideal and some that are less than ideal but to categorize food into either "good" or "bad" is the mindset we should all attempt to shift away from. We are all human and there will be times when we want food that is less than ideal AND THAT'S OKAY! The important thing is to be able to find that delicate balance that allows us to indulge and then bring ourselves back to our consistent eating habits.
Diet in our books is a word used as a verb and not a noun; your diet is the type of food that you habitually eat, not a process of restriction over a set amount of time. So when people ask us what our take on nutrition is, the answer is short and simple: eat quality foods, in the amounts that support your goals and lifestyle in a sustainable manner.
Great...but what does that mean?
Ideally, the more food you are able to eat that most closely resembles that food in it's natural state, the better (ie. attempt to avoid processed foods as much as possible). Why? Because very often there will be many additives that prolong shelf life, or there may be added oils and sugar to keep the flavor consistent and pleasing. Additives can be difficult for our bodies to digest and extra unnecessary fats and sugars contribute to weight gain.
At the same time, if I want a treat, I am going to make sure that it's delicious and I actually fully enjoy it. There are so many instances that we speak to our nutrition clients and somehow 1 oreo turned into 8, or a handful of chips turned into the entire bag. Why does this happen? Because these processed foods are designed to be hyper-palatable and we don't even realize that we've eat so much of it.
AMOUNTS THAT SUPPORT YOUR GOALS AND LIFESTYLE:
We talk about goal setting A LOT and it's for good reason. Your goals may be completely different from the person next to you, so it would be unreasonable for you to follow a plan that doesn't facilitate achieving YOUR goal. We meet many people that are unknowingly over eating or under eating for the amount of training (or lack thereof) in their day-to-day life. When we are able to determine a goal, we can then quantify how much and of what we should be eating to reach those goals, whether it is to lose weight, gain mass, or stay the same but increase performance.
It should be no surprise that our mission statement has been to train with the intent to increase and maintain our fitness level as we grow and age so that we can continue to do everything we love such as picking up our children or hiking in the Alps when we’re silver haired and enjoying retirement. Our sentiments with respect to nutrition is exactly the same, we want our athletes and clients to develop the knowledge and a relationship with food that is healthy and are able to maintain this for the long-run.
This is our take on nutrition in a nutshell. If you are interested in learning more book a Nutrition No Sweat Intro with us!