“Ask the Coaches” Nutrition Series: Coach Vince

 In Ask the Coaches Nutrition Series, Improve your Nutrition
  1. What does “healthy eating” look like to you? Why do you define it this way?

In short, moderation is everything. Healthy eating has two components that need to be in balance throughout the day, week, months and years. People get too focused on the physiological component of healthy eating. While this is essential for your body’s health, vitality and energy, too often coaches forgo the psychological component of healthy eating. Don’t get me wrong, you should be eating healthy things the majority of the time. What I’m getting at is the negative mental space people frequently get into when they feel restricted from eating food that makes their soul happy.

You should be eating in a way that puts you in both a good mental and physical space. This style of eating will ensure you can actually follow your nutrition game plan for years and make legitimate changes along the way. There are different lifestyles and diets that work for everyone. No two people are the same and they should be treated as such.  If I had to narrow my “healthy eating” down into some simple general rules they would be this…

  1. Eat in moderation. ALWAYS.

  2. Drink more water.

  3. “You’re always one meal away” from getting back on track if you slipped up – Coach Bram Wood

  4. If you decide to try a diet, learn from it. What worked for you? What didn’t? How did it make you feel? This helps you cut through all the crap and find exactly what works for YOU!

  1. What changes have you made to your eating habits & nutrition in 2018 and why?

I’ve been eating substantially more vegetables this year than I have in the past. While I haven’t exactly noticed a difference in how I feel, it has dramatically expanded my palate. This makes food more fun to eat and prepare.

  1. Do you struggle with a certain aspect of nutrition? What kind of strategies do you use to combat that struggle?

I struggled with caffeine. A lot. In that past you could not find me without a cup of coffee or an energy drink in my hand. I was consuming roughly 1,000mg of caffeine a day. It was a problem…

I knew my habit was a legitimate issue so I went cold turkey for a few months. Did it suck? Absolutely. I thought about caffeine all the time. But it’s part of the process of eliminating an unhealthy habit.

  1. Do you have a favorite meal to make? Share the recipe!

Steak marinated with terriyaki and garlic. Then some steak seasoning rubbed in before grilling. Then sweet potatos that are diced. Then sprinkled with garlic powder and a dash of cinnamon. Then baked at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

  1. What is the most helpful piece of nutrition advice you can pass along to others?

If weight loss is your goal, eat everything in moderation. This obviously applies to “unhealthy” foods but to healthy foods as well. A lot of people with weight loss goals eat a perfectly healthy diet full of vegetables, proteins, carbs, healthy fats, etc but are still consuming too many calories yet justifying it because they are “healthy.” These people will still have a hard time losing weight.

The issue normally arises because they aren’t aware how calorie packed and dense a lot of “healthy” foods are like nuts, butters and healthy fats. 5 avocados for breakfast puts you at around 1,000 calories. For most people that’s roughly half of their daily calories needed in one meal.

If weight loss is your goal, you need to be aware of what you’re putting in your body. Few people have the ability to intuitively eat without years of being aware of their food. Odds are you aren’t one of these people. Track your food with easy to use applications, like myfitnesspal, and see how what you’re eating adds up throughout the day.

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