First, consider these 3 dinners:
- Cheese pizza, soft drink and chocolate.
- Beef lasagne.
- Vegetable and lentil salad with quinoa, kale and freshly grown herbs.
Next, notice these 2 observations:
1. There are some nutritional benefits to eating the beef lasagne. It contains protein, B vitamins, iron and zinc, and is more nutritious than option 1.
2. We don’t need to eat a meal like the vegetable and lentil salad every single night. Healthy eating is compatible with a wide range of foods, because one unhealthy food in small amounts doesn’t make a diet unhealthy.
This all means that good nutrition is far from black and white.
Thinking about food in terms of all or nothing only creates a cycle of aspiring to eat perfectly (unnecessarily), and beating ourselves up when we don’t.
Instead, good nutrition is best viewed as a scale, and best achieved like this:
Step. By step. By step. By step.
The goal is actually not to eat like someone very different to you.
The goal is to eat better than you did yesterday.