Nutrition… What is Really Good for You?

For nearly 18 months now, I have been telling my lovely wife that we need to go see a nutritionist to learn what the two of us require to meet our specific food intake, and how to properly feed our bodies in order to get the right calories, micronutrients, macronutrients, and feel healthy.

In January, my wife spoke to a friend of her’s who works as a professional personal trainer and went on to become a nutritionist. He recommended a company (Revive Wellness) and specifically a person within that company who specializes in gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan foods.

There is a distinct madness going on in our household about food. Nearly 10 years ago, back in 2007 or possibly ’08, I came home from work and asked my wife, “hey do you want to go vegetarian with me?” and as I walked around the corner my wife said, “do you mean at this very minute? because I am cooking us steak and potatoes for dinner,” she said with an exasperated expression of dismay and horror on her face!

I have always been 90% vegetarian. I will occasionally eat a bison burger, or a slab of salmon, maybe a crab leg or two and sometimes an oyster on the half shell, or tiger prawns. Its just I have never been into steak, ribeye or sirloins. I liked it when my father brought home elk or venison from one of his hunting trips, and that’s where i drew the line.

Digress, I did.

So, this past weekend, we went back to the nutritionist and this is where I learned, that I have been under feeding my body, well, forever. Since I became an adult and left my parents home. Even then, I am sure, I did not consume enough food for my height to weight and skeletal muscle mass (SMM) to body water composition (BWC).

I learned, as a 6-foot 2-inch man, with 89.1 SMM and 103.3 BWC, that I should on average be consuming at minimum 1875 calories per day. When I explained that recently, I had been tracking my food intake using an app, called My Plate by Livestrong.com, and that I rarely reached the goal of 1700 calories, my head nearly popped.

The nutritionist explained, that its not just the number of calories, because we were eating extremely healthy. It’s just we aren’t eating enough. She said the toughest challenge in changing our diet, will literally be, making ourselves eat MORE, to compensate with our lifestyles.

She said, she believes, I will have a difficult time, as my sedentary intake of food is 1875 calories, and that if I go into the light fitness, which is 30 to 60 minutes of cardio per day, then my calories increase to 2200 per day, to counterbalance for the activities, I will be doing.

I laughed, a big roaring laugh, as I stood there dumbfounded about how this explained literally that I have been starving myself for over 30-years, now! And by doing this, my body has literally been storing fat to stave off what it thinks is me going through a starvation periods of time.

And because we eat an exclusively gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan diet, that the two of us are short on proteins, high on vegetables, high on grains and starches and low on good fats and oils. Its a real eye-opener, that we need to change our extremely healthy diet, in a way to consume more calories everyday. And by doing so, we will both begin to lose weight, gain more energy and be healthier.

What is really good for you?

It’s consuming the right portions of food throughout the day, for the body type that you have, and for how active or inactive you are around fitness. There are three key aspects to this nutrition regime. Be diligent in choosing whole foods over processed foods or baked goods. Be proactive in eating more meals a day which are more balanced. By this I mean each meal must consist of proteins, grains & starches, fats & oils. and fruit. And you need to eat the correct amount of calories per day, to sustain a good relationship with your body type, skeletal muscle mass and body water composition in order to reach your preferred health goals.