At LMI Fitness when it comes to nutrition practices we individually create a nutrition plan based on foundational nutrition habits versus following a pre-canned meal plan or challenge. We do this because each member is coming to their nutrition practice from a unique angle. We meet each person where they are currently at and build from there for lasting changes.
Nutrition Habits Created For Your Lifestyle and Goals:
If you throw nutrition information at a person, asking them to adhere to it, you are assuming a lot about their current lifestyle that may or may not apply to them. We like to sit down, figure out what is and isn’t currently working and to what degree they have practiced the foundational habits that create a base for all body composition, energy, performance, and longevity goals.
Foundational Nutrition Habits:
Whether you are trying to lose fat, gain muscle, feel energetic, push harder in a workout, or age with ease; it is important to understand how you feel as you are choosing what to eat and when. What does your physical hunger feel like? How about full, over-full, or satisfied? How do you feel a few hours after eating, as well as the next day? Mindful eating is the compass for your decisions on what you eat and when.
What’s on your plate? Is it balanced? What happens if you eat more protein, carbs, or fat? How does that make you feel? Does it fit your lifestyle? We check out what you are currently eating and tweek your intake slowly according to your progress and goals.
Quantity sometimes may not play as big of a role if the quality of your food is spot on. We often hear nutrition experts talk about how bad red meat, eggs, carbs, dairy, grains, etc, etc is for you. Did you ever consider you can eat that chicken skin *and* gain some wonderful benefits from it? We like to consider what the source of your foods are before we write it off, especially if it can bring balance to your macronutrients (protein, fat, carbs, fiber, water) and a higher level of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). We look at the conditions in which the food was grown, raised, or processed; and consider what is passed on by nature of those conditions, beneficial or not. As noted by journalist Michael Pollan “You are what you eat eats”
There are endless challenges, plans, and guides to follow when it comes to nutrition. And in all reality any one of us can follow these plans… for a while at least! But what happens when that challenge ends, the meal plan runs out, or you fall off the Keto wagon. Everyone’s a little bit different in how they come off a hard push of will power, but we like to set you up to fall back onto those foundational habits instead of the abyss of the standard American diet.
Not to say there isn’t a place to practice and play with certain techniques and supplements around food, but generally, it is not the place to start if you are interested in creating long-lasting results.