March is National Nutrition Month, and for the first time in my life, it is something I am paying attention to as a participant in the Genghis Grill Health Kwest. The theme this year is “Bite into a healthy lifestyle” and as I continue on my Kwest to a healthy lifestyle, every bite I take is closely monitored.
There are SO many diets out there and plans saying “DON’T DO THIS” while other plans say “JUST DO THAT” it’s enough to make your head spin! Early in my Kwest, I was given the advice eat lean meats (Chicken, Turkey, white fish, shrimp) and avoid the processed meats (Sausage, pepperoni, Khan’s Krab) for making my bowls even though it is SOOO good. Also load up on fresh veggies!
I use an app called My Fitness Pal (under the name BigMooseRadio) and it allows me to track my daily food intake with breakdowns of calories, carbs, fats, proteins, and other nutritional info! I have learned basically EVERYTHING I eat has SOME fats, even fresh broccoli has 0.1 grams of fat. We just can’t avoid it, and that’s ok! I was able to adjust each of my categories for a specific amount I allow myself to eat each day.
The secret is moderation! Sure, you have some people who are HARDCORE who are in your face with the NO FAT!!!! NO CARBS!!!! FEED ME PROTEIN!!!!! But then, is that very nutritious?
There are trainers EVERYWHERE who studied this stuff and are so ready to help you out along the way! I got help breaking mine down from the training staff at Planet Fitness. As part of my membership, and all PF memberships, members have Unlimited Fitness Training for specific classes and even a create your own program where you will work with a trainer to build exercises to help you out and even review your diet and make the right adjustments so you can see results.
All in all, pay attention to your nutritional intake all the time, not just during a month dedicated to to it.