Flexible Eating and the importance of nutritional variety
Sifting through hundreds of dietary fads and eating regimens looking for what works the best can be a daunting task. While many high-level athletes resort to specialized diets and often restrict their sources of macronutrients, an average person can benefit to a much greater degree from eating from a variety of food sources as long as a healthy balance is maintained.
Your body’s natural tendency at all times is to maintain its current state and resist any changes, this is otherwise known as homeostasis. It is only through daily consistency that you can make meaningful and lasting changes to your body composition and physiology. Often times the biggest obstacle in achieving your goal is your very approach to diet and nutrition. Short-term bouts of super clean eating, paired with heavy extraneous exercise can certainly bring about visible positive changes, though at the risk of injury or mental fatigue. Let’s face it… How many people continue to stay in shape after their “new” diet or a boot camp they just finished? Not many.
Here at Crave Healthiness, we believe, food should be your reward. Food is the foundation of your efforts towards a better you. If you are not excited to eat and fuel your body right, soon you won’t have the drive to continue. Mental fatigue will set in and discipline will weather away. Before you know it, you find yourself eating junk food multiple times a day and dreading the idea of exercise. The key is in balance. Our service gives you the platform to ensure you are eating real, healthy fresh meals as the baseline of a sustainable diet. Knowing the majority of your nutrition is provided from delicious, portion-balanced meals gives you the freedom to explore other less optimal food sources, whether it’d be a cheat meal or your post workout sugary shakes!
The reality is unless you are working towards a specific competitive event or a short-term physique goal, the majority of your nutritional consumption should be in the context of fueling your exercises and maximizing your recovery relative to your metabolic demands. Your goal should be to identify foods that provide you the richest nutrients, most ease of absorption and above all the best flavour. It is irrelevant how good something is for you, if you can not eat it or consistently fit it into your diet. Although our bodies store fat as energy reserves, they are not so quick to resort to it at times of need. Consistent, well-timed consumptions of portioned meals is arguably the best way to maintain a high metabolic rate that creates an environment suitable for fat loss and muscle gain. When the body is assured that high quality nutrients are consistently provided it will drastically shift towards a growth and recovery phase that will improve not just in your body composition but your overall energy, your immune system and your sense of well being. Be mindful of what you eat, and why you eat it…after all you are what you eat!