4 non-obvious nutrition mistakes
We are bombarded with information from all sides in a way that is making it hard to distinguish the scientifically proven from the myth, the vital from the negligible. Here are some of the mistakes you might fall prey to in the overabundance of well-meant tips along with unsolicited advice lurking from every corner.
- Missing Out on Fibre
Gut health is essential for normal functioning of the immune system, metabolism, and even emotional well-being. To promote gut health and growth of good bacteria, adults have to consume somewhere between 25 and 38 grams of fibre a day.
- Calories Above Food Quality
Not every calorie is the same! To be fuller for longer, prevent cravings and have a well-functioning metabolism, balanced intake of protein, fats and carbohydrates is essential, along with drinking enough water and watching out for vitamins, antioxidants and adaptogens. Quality of energy and the long-term effects of its sources should always come first in a sustainable approach to nutrition.
- Avoiding Healthy Fats
When we talk about fats, we mean 3 types: unsaturated, saturated and trans fats. The last category can be found in highly processed foods and is better avoided altogether. Saturated fats (found in butter, cheese, red meat i.e.) should be consumed in moderation due to a link to cardiovascular disease and blood vessels issues.
Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, can be found in highly nutritious foods full of vitamins and minerals, such as avocado, unrefined oils, seeds, algae and fatty fish, aid in reducing inflammation and promoting joint health. They are essential for glowing skin, hair and nails, helping normalise metabolism, heart health, and are even beneficial for your mood!
- “All or Nothing” Attitude
Finally, there's nothing wrong about trying to do better even - in fact, especially! - if you´re finding it hard to follow all the rules that are bombing you left and right. Striving for what is better for your health goals is not a sprint - it is a lifetime marathon. Never too late to hop in, never a failure to stumble. What matters most is that you keep going and treat your body with kindness. Discipline shouldn't make you obsessed and anxious: it is vital that your values stand and healthy choices are in the majority.