30 Day Nutrition Challenge 3: Food Flexibility
Flexibility is a really important word in dieting. Why? Because there is no such thing as good vs bad foods, there is only food.
Sure, some food has a better nutritional profile than others, but food is food and it’s all fuel. Understanding the nutritional breakdown and the energy value of the foods you eat is essential to a successful and stress-free fitness lifestyle.
The better you understand this, the less anxiety you will feel around food. The more you learn to own your choices and when you don’t view everything as a simple case of black and white, good vs evil you feel a lot more relaxed.
To highlight this, I have decided to give you the nutritional breakdown of two typical breakfasts, one “good” and one “bad”, let’s see what we learn shall we?
Dorset cereals nut muesli with Fage Greek yoghurt, a tsp of honey and a chopped banana:
- Kcals: 523
- Protein: 25g
- Fats: 10g
- Carbs: 81g
- Sugar: 39g
- Sodium: 39mg
Bacon and egg sarnie – 2 rashers of bacon, two eggs, two slices of wholemeal bread and a dollop of ketchup.
- Kcals: 427
- Protein: 30g
- Fats: 17g
- Carbs: 35g
- Sugar: 6g
- Sodium: 442mg
There you go, the so-called healthy option has more calories, more sugar and less protein than the so-called un-healthy option which, as you probably expected, has a lot more salt. In reality, the difference between the two is tiny and mostly comes down to your personal preference. Neither option is going to make you fat, neither option is going to give you a heart attack and neither option is impossible to fit into a full days-worth of Calories.
If you had the bacon and egg sarnie for breakfast the only fibre would be from the bread and there’s no vegetables in this meal. That’s fine, just make sure you have 2-3 portions of vegetables in each of your next two meals and this all balances out nicely.
If you chose the first option you’d have slightly less protein and a ton more carbs to fuel your workout, if you used a normal natural or low fat yoghurt it would be less protein still and even more sugar.
You see? It’s not as difficult as you think, the problem is all in your attitude towards food and that’s not your fault because the mainstream advice is all over the shop. Thank god we’re here to put you straight.