Even after hours of research, you still have to experiment with what works for your body or not, and you will make mistakes.
To have a better nutrition I try to eat mostly whole foods, avoid processed foods and sugar, reverse the grain / vegetables ratio of my plates and generally implement new eating habits. But embracing change and figuring out what can be implemented in a sustainable way is not a straight path.
Especially at the beginning, there is a lot of experimentation going on.
Recently I've learned that:
- Too many apples causes bloating.
- Low carbs + increased training rhythm = I'm hungry all the time, even with adding more good fats (like nuts).
- I can’t eat too close to a workout but I can't train on an empty stomach. A coffee and a protein snack bar an hour before training seems to be the best combo so far.
- Too much dairy causes bloating - I have to vary protein sources.
- Restricting carbs / grains, remember to include some fibre rich food in your diet. Forgetting fibers makes the digestive system really upset.
- Don't change too many things at the same time, it makes it very difficult to identify what caused what. I am changing small things progressively and observing how my body reacts. I am making my first mistakes but that is part of finding out.
I did a lot of research online and it is not easy to navigate through that sea of content without feeling completely lost. Here are some articles I found really helpful and used as a starting point on my journey to better nutrition:
There is no magical formula and no quick fix. Eating healthier is a slow learning curve, but it is definitely worth it.