Count Nutrients – Not Just Calories

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Counting calories is not a sustainable, or enjoyable way to make food choices.

It is far more important to consider the whole food, and what nourishment it provides.

Whatever it is you want food to do for you and your body, it is the nutrients that have the power, not the calories.

Calories are simply the measurement we use to count the energy a food provides in the human body. Breaking food down to simply fuel might suit some people, but not most of us.

Thinking of food only in terms of calories is not looking at the big picture:

100cals of broccoli does not equal 100cals of chocolate in terms of nutrients

Not all calories are created equally. The broccoli is a great source of vitamin C and fibre, but it might not taste as good with a cup of tea after a hard days work! Food can nourish our spirit, as well as our body.

The traditional approach to planning a healthy diet, especially for people wanting to lose weight has been to cut calories. Slimming clubs for example are part of this culture. I have seen quite a few clients over the years who were told not to eat nuts, never to touch an avocado – they are so fattening! There is no regard at all for the rich nutrients contained in these foods!

Yes, to lose weight, we need to be in calorie deficit, but not at the expense of nutrients.

Often foods that are advertised as low in calories are low in nutrients too. They might leave us unsatisfied – leading us to eat more of them than we would have of the whole food version.

If we choose our foods based more on the nutrients they give us, we will begin to appreciate food again. We should not regard foods as good or bad. Educate yourself on nutrition and make your own informed choices.

Some days we need the broccoli, and some days we need the chocolate!

Over the next few weeks I will share some nutritional information on foods that clients have been previously warned against. I hope you will get some benefit and insight into the value of looking at a whole food – and not just its calories.

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