Balancing Your Food
Today’s Teaching Video from Coach Kelsey:
Track just a few days of food to get a baseline idea of how your macronutrients fall day to day on the pie chart. It’s likely this will be an alarming exercise.
My Fitness Pal is a free app and one of the best for tracking food. Tracking is great for a season to get a baseline and have some awareness on how much you’re taking in each day plus how balanced (or not) it is. No need for the fancy costly version, the basic is perfectly fine. You can type in your information and it’ll tell you where you need to be calorically per day. It logs your calories and balances your macros for you! Whalaa!
Too Much or Too Little of a Macro-Nutrients in the diet (Protein, Fat & Carbohydrate) can lead to the body’s imbalance. Balancing helps:
- Losing excess body fat
- Reducing inflammation
- Maintaining wellness for a longer period of time
- Improve your mental and physical performance
- Thinking faster
- Slowing down the rate of aging
There’s no 1 size fits all when it comes to nutrition. Lower carb than the typical American diet will always be a healthier rule of thumb but even a 5% difference can affect the temple and make all the difference. You’ll need to see how your body is responding and feeling.
Remember that the word “Diet” in Greek is just “way of life”. We would encourage you with these few things:
- Remember every temple is different. Beautiful thing Kingdom wise. Hard thing wellness wise. What works for one might not work for another. That’s OK!
- We are all science experiments to a degree. You don’t have to have the answer today! Try a style of eating – commit for 4-6 weeks and assess the pros and cons for your specific temple in that experience. Then if you want, try something else. See how it responds.
- Avoid the mentality of “dieting” as a restrictive activity for a period of time and then going back to normal. You can eb and flow in seasons dialing in nutrition more or less but try not to get too far off course ever.
- Quality is always #1.
So where should I start???
*If you’re looking to lose weight, the lower carb intake is what you will help. Even if they are clean and healthy carbs.
*Those that have overly active lifestyles like endurance athletes or high level crossfit competitors that do multiple workouts per day will need a bit higher carb intake, but of course still playing in a God-made space.
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