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Good Food vs. Bad Food

Good Food versus Bad Food is widespread in the fitness and health industry. This approach of being able to have some foods, while not being able to have others, such as avoiding dairy and grains or minimizing fats places certain foods under the umbrella of ‘can’t have’, when in reality all of these foods may work very well for some people.

Rather than taking an extreme approach of ‘good food’ versus ‘bad food’, flexible dieting focuses on adopting the approach of a diet rich in foods that contain high levels of micronutrients and other desirable qualities such as fiber.

There are certainly a variety of foods that will not fall under the umbrella of being rich in micronutrients, however, this only becomes a problem when these foods dominate your diet.

When we allow ourselves a wide range of food, which can include the occasional ‘treat’, we are exercising one of the principles of flexibility. This ultimately increases adherence and consistency long term.

So instead of thinking about the food we can’t have, we recommend focusing on all the foods you can have. Shifting the dieting mentality to an inclusive rather than exclusive perspective means that you will feel less restricted and more satisfied by the nutrient-rich whole foods we are aiming to consume.

It can be exhausting continually saying no to certain foods, instead of focusing on saying yes to high-quality foods that nourish your body, keep you full and support peak performance.


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