I’m gonna start this post with a quote:
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einsten
If you’ve ever browsed the web to look for health advice (quite likely if you’re reading this) then you may have noticed how incredibly complicated all this seems.
Complex vs simple carbs, meat or no meat, cholesterol, sugar and corn syrup, protein, fat, vitamins, blablabla…
You’re right, nutrition is incredibly complicated.
The effects that foods have on our bodies are so complex that you would need to be an expert to understand them. And if you want to understand metabolism on the molecular level, comprehending things will seem next to impossible.
But even though nutrition is a complicated subject, healthy living isn’t.
Healthy living is even so simple that I believe I can sum it up in one sentence.
Here it goes..
Eat natural foods, avoid sugar, wheat and trans fats, then make sure to get regular exercise, quality sleep and minimize emotional stress.
Okay, that’s a long sentence, but short enough to fit in a Tweet.
Of course, there is a little more behind all this. For example, people should understand the different types of sugar and how to spot trans fats in food. Some might also need some clarification as to what “natural/real food” actually is.
And if a picture can speak a thousand words, a video can speak a million:
This is really all there is to it. I know I like to discuss all sorts of things on this blog, including supplements, calories and meal frequency.
But when it comes down to it, these are all just things for nutrition geeks like me to spend their day contemplating, not really something the average person looking to improve health should worry about.
When someone asks me what they should do to be healthy, I try to give them a very simplified version of what I believe to be optimal.