Episode 4: Nothing is Black and White

nothing is black and white

Welcome to Episode 4.

In this episode we look at 10 Simple Rules for Healthy Eating.

Number 9 – Nothing is Black and White. (AKA Context matters)

Approach food as you would any substance: “There’s no such thing as a toxic substance, only a toxic dose.”

What is your activity level? Training goals? Age? Health? Context matters.

Food selection should be a scale, not binary.

Nothing is black and white - nutrient energy scale

Generally choose:

  • Plenty of ‘green’ foods (high in nutrient density and relatively low in energy density)
  • Some ‘yellow’ foods (high nutrient/high energy, moderate of each, or low nutrient/low energy)
  • Minimize or eliminate ‘red’ foods. (low nutrient density and relatively high energy density)

What does that mean?

  • Green: Vegetables, eggs, most meats and most berries
  • Yellow: Most fruit, nuts and some starches
  • Red: Most bread, pasta, rice and ‘junk food’

Put it in Context

  • Are you regularly fitness training? More yellow is probably ok
  • Do you have specific goals? (Fat loss, muscle gain, weight maintenance – make adjustments)
  • Do you have health concerns? (Currently or worried about the future)

These factors can influence the choices you make. Just remember that make changes for a reason. “If you repeat the same experiment without changing any variables and expect a different result? That is the definition of madness.” – Albert Einstein

Further Reading:

Full article: www.eat-real-food.com.au/10-simple-rules-for-healthy-eating

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Tim Brown
Tim is passionate about fitness and health. Combining his love of Martial Arts and Fitness, Tim founded FunFit: Functional Fitness & Self Defence Centre in 2008 and from 2012 has been a student of Nutrition. Eat Real Food is Tim's vision (with help!) to better inform people about healthy food choices. With so many messages out there (often conflicting), Tim thought "wouldn't it be great if there was a site that people could go to that cut through jargon and marketing-speak and just made it easier to make healthy choices?" Enter Eat Real Food. Be warned: Tim is (in)famous for good information and bad jokes. He may also overuse parentheses.

Tim Brown

Tim is passionate about fitness and health. Combining his love of Martial Arts and Fitness, Tim founded FunFit: Functional Fitness & Self Defence Centre in 2008 and from 2012 has been a student of Nutrition. Eat Real Food is Tim's vision (with help!) to better inform people about healthy food choices. With so many messages out there (often conflicting), Tim thought "wouldn't it be great if there was a site that people could go to that cut through jargon and marketing-speak and just made it easier to make healthy choices?" Enter Eat Real Food. Be warned: Tim is (in)famous for good information and bad jokes. He may also overuse parentheses.

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