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Dec 11

What Nutrition Advice You Should Actually Follow

Nutrition Advice Kat Rentas

Some women will spend a lifetime trying to get their hands on the perfect diet.

The one that will allow them to micromanage their eating habits perfectly so they can lose the weight and feel confident.

They’ll research all of the latest nutrition articles, health fads, and miracle diets constantly. 

Which quickly  becomes overwhelming –  to say the least.

It’s no secret that at one point or another, we’ve all been desperate for this hack.

I’m no different, as I spent years picking up diets and putting them back down.

During this time, I tried every nutrition hack and diet recommendation I could find.

Hoping that one day I would discover one that stuck and gave me the results I wanted with my body.

I was desperate.

Unfortunately, this desperation eventually put me in a downward spiral.

The information available on diet and nutrition became too much for me to comprehend.

I didn’t know what information to trust or where to start with it.

This frustrating cycle is what led me to become an eating psychology coach.

I know how this feels firsthand.

Here, I’ll explain how you should really look at nutrition when it comes to getting the results you want.

Most women focus on the wrong aspects of nutrition.

My goal is to provide you clarity so you don’t keep spinning your wheels with food.

Now, let’s get into it!

Nutrition as a Spectrum

Here’s the truth that you won’t hear often: there is no single perfect way to eat.

There is no perfect diet that exists for you to follow.

Which is why the work I do with women is so transformative.

They discover that their optimally nutritious diet is unique to them.

Which allows them to stop the cycle and begin focusing on what really nourishes them.

Finding what satisfies you nutritionally is something that needs to be determined by you through experimentation.

This takes time.

Which is why we can spend so much time researching nutrition and implementing new health fads.

Only to be left feeling the same (or worse) afterwards. 

The reality behind nutrition that so many of us miss?

Nutrition is actually a spectrum of useful and non-useful ways to eat.

Meaning, it’s hard to determine what nutrition advice will work best for you.

And there are two incredibly  important takeaways to consider when thinking about nutrition:

  • What’s nutritious for one person may not be for another.
  • What’s nutritious for a single person is constantly changing.

This means, we cannot rely on nutrition articles or instant recommendations to find our optimal diet.

We need to experiment with food and build a relationship with it.

Where Nutrition Knowledge Comes From

Here’s another truth that can be a hard pill to swallow: the vast majority of nutritional research is industry driven. 

Meaning, we need to accept that much of the shared health & nutritional advice is backed by big companies looking to make a profit.

An ulterior motive exists

Your health isn’t even a blip on their radar.

Now, this isn’t to say that all nutrition advice is outright negative.

Some nutritional advice can be insightful and beneficial.

However, the truth is, you’re going to have an impossible time separating the facts from  fiction.

We need to accept that we need to take nutritional advice with a grain of salt.

Since there’s an endless amount of opinions, motives, and viewpoints that we can’t possibly keep up with.

And the fact that the industry is extremely profit driven.

Taking the Experts With a “Grain of Salt”

I speak with many women who tell me they struggle with following “nutritional recommendations”.

They almost always assume there’s something wrong with them.

That they lack the willpower or self-discipline to follow through with healthy eating.

This is not the case.

What’s actually happening, is that the nutritional recommendations are out of line with their bodies needs.

Which will happen nine times out of ten. 

Health experts can mean well when they create diet programs and nutrition recommendations.

They’ll think, “Well, this worked amazing for me! So it must work for everyone!”. 

They get overly excited about their miracle diet.

Unfortunately, this is not the way our bodies’ collectively work.

Our systems are far too complex to all thrive under one cookie cutter method of eating.

Experts and science that tell you exactly how to eat should always be taken with a grain of salt.

Every single time.

You need to be the watcher of your own body to figure out what really works for you.

Don’t make the mistake of giving that job to someone else.

What to Do Next

As I mentioned, many of us are constantly searching for the perfect diet.

We just want healthy eating to feel effortless and easy, right? 

But here’s the reality, girlfriend…

…the time you spend attempting to eat “right” is time spent chasing perfection..

It doesn’t work. 

Perfection with food and body doesn’t exist.

This will only lead you on a road to self-abuse and frustration. 

Instead, you need to develop a trust and love with food & your body.

Which means you need to be willing to put everything you’ve ever heard about nutrition on the backburner.

You’ll need to leave behind all these limiting food beliefs about what foods are healthy or unhealthy.

So, you can begin again with a clean slate and focus on your relationship with food on an individual level.

No one can tell you exactly what you need to eat to be your healthiest, happiest self.

You don’t need an “expert” to tell you exactly what to eat.

The truth is, a method of eating that “works” is dependent on many factors.

Including one’s age, sex, fitness level, preferences, environment, genetics, culture, personal beliefs – the list goes on and on.

I talk to many women who say, “Just tell me what to eat!”. 

Which leads to me saying that I’d be wasting their damn time if I gave them a meal plan and ran.

This work is much deeper.

My role is to give you the tools to acquire the answers with food for yourself.

Which allows you to take your power back.

This skill lasts a lifetime.

And it’s my mission to teach you how.

- Kat Rentas

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Kat Rentas, Eating Psych. Coach

Hey there! I'm Kat Rentas. I’m a certified eating psychology coach for women who believes that eating healthy should feel simple and sustainable. I teach hundreds of high-performing women to change their eating habits without the overwhelm. Want to change your eating habits in a way that is aligned with your needs, preferences, and goals? You’re in the right placeYou can read my full story here.