If you’ve struggled with limiting your alcohol consumption, you know that what you put into your body can make a huge difference in terms of how you feel on a daily basis.
You can maximize your sense of well-being by consuming high quality foods and being aware of the number of calories you’re eating.
This doesn’t mean that you have to force-feed yourself kale, swear off dessert forever, or weigh and measure all of your meals prior to eating them.
C’s 3 Principles of Eating Right
These may seem contradictory, but bear with me:
- The only equation I care about is calories in vs calories out, and having a feel for this is better than tracking it precisely
- Nutrient-dense foods (e.g., avocados, berries, lean meats, greens sautéed in olive oil) make me feel 10,000% better on a daily basis
- My cheat meal is one of the highlights of my week
Because of the first principle, I never swear off any foods in the name of weight loss. Anything can be allowed in your diet as an indulgence, as long as your macro ratios make sense. If you want to stay lean, a good rule of thumb for macro ratios is 40% carbs, 40% protein, and 20% fat.
Because of the second principle, I generally eat healthier foods because I want to feel good, think clearly, and recover from my workouts.
Because of the third principle, my weekly cheat meal is both amazing and absolutely disgusting to everyone around me. Even the servers look at me strangely, and they’ve asked me how I’m going to burn off all of those calories. They don’t realize that a) I’ve fasted all day in preparation for that meal (usually Sunday) and b) I don’t eat like that all the time, so I relish the opportunity when I do.
You can get away with eating like a lost grizzly bear once a week. But generally speaking, you can’t get fit if you eat like shit.
Use Calorie King to Monitor Your Food Intake
Since no one automatically knows how many calories they should be eating, or how many calories are in their favorite foods, I recommend Calorie King to keep track of these things.
Put in your height, weight, gender and activity level and this site will tell you how many calories you need per day. It also allows you to tweak the number depending on whether you’re trying to maintain, lose, or gain weight.
I recommend putting together a meal plan with the information you get from Calorie King. You can search for food items in the main page and determine their nutritional info. Even if you don’t follow it precisely, at least you’ll have a blueprint that helps you stay aware of what you’re consuming.