Hello, my friends! This blog will be a quickie but goodie. In my last post, we unmasked the over-blown hype of “macronutrients.” We discussed how impossible it is to visit a fitness blog or watch a fitness video on You-Tube without hearing about “staying within your macronutrient range.” While I do believe that there is value in staying within a proper macronutrient range, I also believe that over-focusing on this limited aspect of nutrition can lead to unnecessary work, hassle, and stress.
Consider our ancestors for a moment. In the days of hunting and gathering, do you think that our ancestors came across some blueberries, paused, and then said, “Hum, if I eat these blueberries, I might go over my carb macronutrient range?” Of course not! What our ancestors did was honor their bodies’ inner wisdom that told them when to eat and when not to eat. When they felt like eating, they ate what Mother Nature provided them, and when they had eaten enough, their bodies told them that they were through and to stop eating. It was that simple!
I recently overheard a friend talking about staying within a macronutrient range in regards to a big bowel of ice cream. The conversation went a little something like this: “If you want to have a big bowel of ice cream and some M&M’s afterward, there is nothing wrong with that. Just be sure that it is within your macronutrient ratio!” I had to chuckle because this is the unintentional byproduct macronutrient partitioning.
In the macronutrient model, we begin to compartmentalize foods into nothing more than compilations of carbs, proteins, and fats! In this model, it is easy to look solely at quantity and forget entirely about the quality of the food that we are eating. A perfect example of this would be the protein shake in a bodybuilding diet. It is easy to slam 3-5 protein shakes in a day and kid ourselves that we are being healthy because we are getting our “protein macro.” In reality, we can be depleting our body of vital nutrients that the protein shake lacks all together. After time, our health can be compromised because our bodies are not getting the nutrients that only whole/natural foods can provide!
It really comes down to one fundamental practice that has been largely forgotten. This practice is a gift from God, and it is also an art. Specifically, I’m talking about this: LISTENING TO THE WISDOM OF YOUR BODY! Your body will tell you what you need and what you don’t. If you are steeped in unhealthy eating habits, this wisdom can lessen, but it will never leave you altogether! Take the necessary steps to bring this wisdom back into your life. When it speaks, be sure to listen. You will be glad that you did!
Life is Good!