The Best Macro-Nutrients To Have In Your Diet

The Best Macro-Nutrients To Have In Your Diet

The Best Macro-Nutrients To Have In Your Diet

A Healthy Food List To Better Guide You & Your Diet

While you work on creating a wholesome diet that you can sustain long term, you may be in the process of getting rid of unhealthy foods and trying to replace it with better alternatives. As mentioned in,How Much Should I Actually Be Eating – Portion Control, I discuss the importance of establishing a positive relationship with food. This means focusing on quality versus quantity.

When we slowly minimize or eliminate eating processed foods, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, or a diet that once consisted of mostly canned and frozen foods etc., understanding what foods have a high-quality content of healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates and are overall nutrient-dense is important to aid in optimal health. It’s important to note that ALL high-quality foods have a mix of proteins, carbs and fats. The difference is their ratio, which categorizes them.

When you eat a wholesome and balanced diet you will naturally be providing your body with all the essential nutrients it needs. I encourage you to focus less on macro-nutrient counting or macro-nutrient categorizing once you have a basic understanding of nutrition. In time, focus your attention on eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, beans/legumes, nuts and seeds and minimal yet adequate lean organic animal protein.

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Macro-nutrients are the “big nutrients.” They consist of lean proteins, carbohydrates and lipids (fats). Macro-nutrients provide the calories during our meals and give our bodies the energy it needs to thrive throughout the day. Within the body, macro-nutrients have several important and essential roles. When eating a healthy diet that includes each macro-nutrient in proper proportions suitable to your needs, you are also providing your body with a variety of essential micro-nutrients that are necessary on a cellular level to operate most optimally.

 

Here is a modified food list to help you categorize what foods can be placed under proteins, carbohydrates and lipids (fats). These are high quality sources that can be added into your diet unless you have greater underlying issues where modifications will need to be made. * Please note this is a reference list used for educational purposes and to better help categorize macro-nutrients.

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Proteins:

-Wild fish

-Turkey & chicken breast

-Free range organic eggs

-Protein powder (preferably plant-based)

-Seafood

-Quinoa

-Assortment of vegetables

-Non-GMO Soy/Tofu

-Nuts/Seeds

 

Simple Carbohydrates:

-Fruit

-Honey

-Maple Syrup

 

Complex Carbohydrates

-Vegetables (fibrous carbohydrates)

-Grains/sprouted grains

-Sweet potato/potato

-Rice

-Quinoa

-Beans/Legumes

 

Lipids (Healthy Fats)

-Avocado

-Cold pressed oils

-Coconut/ Coconut oil

-Raw unsalted nuts and seeds specifically: walnuts, almonds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed

-Fatty fish

-Natural nut butters

-Egg yolks

 

Incorporate the right high-quality macro-nutrients with a diet you can maintain! Watch the video below or click here.



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