The 2 Basic Nutrition Rules I Recommend Starting With

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Nutrition can be confusing AF. With a thousand different diets out there and conflicting reports every other week on the news, it’s no wonder a ton of people just say, “f*** it” when it comes to trying to eat healthy. I’m not going to go into how many grams of protein you need or what the hell ketosis is, but I will give you a couple things to look at to get started into a more healthy diet – My two basic nutrition rules: The 500 Year Rule, and the 85/15 Rule.

The 500 Year Rule: 

If the food wasn’t on the earth 500 years ago, it’s probably not real food.

Mango, asparagus, almonds, beans, fish, tea, coffee? Yes, they’ve been here. They’re real.

Cheetos, Slimfast, Snickers (sadly), coffee shop drinks with syrup, Mountain Dew? Nope. Goodness knows what’s actually in them.


which brings me to my next point:

The 85/15 Rule

Consume good-for-you (real) food and drink 85% of the time. Everything else 15% of the time.

If you wrote down everything you ate yesterday, how much of it would fall into each category? I know we often hear about “balance” but this not a category where you want things to be an even 50/50 split. At least not if you want to feel great.

If I go to Tim Horton’s and have a couple donuts this morning, I’m going to be eating veggies and fish and other real food for the rest of the day. If I plan on having a rum & coke (or 2) tonight, I’m going to be drinking water all day leading up to that.

It’s unrealistic for most of us to eat 100% healthy all the time. Dr. John Berardi of Precision Nutrition talks about the psychology this all the time. He first mentioned his 90/10 rule at a conference I was attending years ago and I loved it. I just swooshed it over a little bit. ; )

Is there way more to it than this? Oh yes… lots.

But this is a good place to start if you’ve been overwhelmed in the past.

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