I often get asked for nutrition and exercise advice, it comes with the territory, and honestly I couldn’t be more excited to help others make even the smallest positive change in their health. From a selfish standpoint, it’s rewarding to hear about what aspects of health people are struggling with because sometimes I get lost in the fact that I surround myself with fit individuals who have a similar mindset as I do. I easily overlook that not everyone thinks about health, nutrition, movement, body composition, fitness goals, and exercise plans all day long.
Recently, I was talking with a friend about their nutrition and how they can make it better, when I realized that I’ve had this conversation before. Not the exact nutrient for nutrient discussion, but the basic overlay.
Is X better than Y?
You can put anything into those two spots….
Is honey better that sugar?
Is dark chocolate better than milk chocolate?
Is coconut oil better than olive oil?
Is wine better than beer?
Is sprouted bread better than wheat bread?
Is brown rice better than white rice?
The answer to these question isn’t which one is better than the other….actually this is not even the right question to be asking.
We are missing the big picture
What truly matters when trying to make a difference in your health are the consistent actions that you take…the day in-day out habits you have formed….those are what are going to make the difference.
If you are you are struggling to figure out which is better brown rice or white rice (or maybe no rice at all) and in the meantime over the past 7 days you have had some pizza, a cookie, Chipotle, a bagel, caramel macchiato frappuccino, and some chips…..it’s not the type of rice that is holding you back.
Take a step back….look at the big picture. Don’t become paralyzed by the small details.
Figure out which habit you can change that will give you the biggest reward.
Hint: it’s not choosing dark chocolate over milk chocolate.