Many do not think of a diet unless it eliminates carbs or calories or both. Because many believe carbs and calories are both energy sources. But they are not. Calories are a source of energy. Carbs are not. Carbs are macronutrients. And both carbs and calories are necessary for our Sustenance. But most of us could probably do with less of both. Less … not total elimination. Therefore, when we are advised to reduce carbs, we likely only need to drop potato chips, cupcakes, and sugary beverages. We should never drop carbs altogether. Read this link for a short discussion on the difference between carbs and calories.
Healthy meal planning does not have to be complicated. Just follow the principles and guidance (and a few recipe ideas) in this link to get you on your way to healthful living.
Ideally, we should avoid packaged foods. Realistically, that is not practical. Therefore, make it a habit to read fully the nutritional labels on packaged foods. And it is extremely important to know what all those terms mean. Follow this link for a primer.
With so much information swirling about regarding the “proper” nutrition, it is often difficult to know what guidance to follow and what guidance to ignore. My advice: stop listening to Gym Bro at your fitness center about more protein and low carbs. Instead, visit this website for some sound information.
To grain, or not to grain. That is the question. The world’s “experts” seem to be split in half regarding the addition of grains in our daily nutrition. However, most peer reviewed research show that grains are essential for healthful living. But, not just any grain. Whole grains—especially whole multi-grains—are the preferred source.