How do I tell people what they should eat?
Well, first off I always recommend them logging a couple days of food. From there, we can make recommendations on food intake, calories, and macro nutrients.
But, regardless of where those are set, there is a key to making healthy eating a lifestyle change – balance.
Balance gives us the ability to still indulge in the things we love. Whether it is dessert, lasagna, cheeseburgers, or alcohol, we all have that something that doesn’t align with our healthy lifestyle.
That’s why I recommend the 80/20 approach. I don’t know who was the first to come up with this, but it definitely wasn’t me. The 80/20 life that I recommend says that 80% of your diet should be real, good food. I go by the rule that if it roamed on the earth or grew in the earth, it’s probably pretty good; meats, nuts, seeds, fruit, and veggies. It’s just real food.
That other 20% can be whatever you want. These are your indulgences – cake, ice cream, other sugary treats, and alcohol. Some take the 80/20 on a daily approach and eat great all day long then get their splurge at night. Others can eat great all week long and use the weekends as their time to partake in not so healthy choices. You choose what’s best for you.
Your health is your responsibility. No one else can be accountable for what you put into your body. I am not here to tell you to never eat (insert bad food option) or drink (insert sugary or alcoholic drink) again. In fact, I am telling you the opposite. You should partake in those things you love, but make it in moderation and make sure the vast majority of the time it's good stuff. This is not a short term solution, but something I want you to take for life.
Sean Spire is the Head Coach of ASL. He was a competitive swimmer who discovered CrossFit and Ironman Triathlons. He has his BS in Exercise Science from Florida State University.