[First things first: I hope I haven’t seemed like I thought of myself as an awesome perso, better than others or a permanent know-it-all in my last posts. Far from it, really! I’m so sorry if it did seem like that! There are so many awesome bloggers and blog readers out there that I would never want to insult anybody!]
Honestly, I’m suprised nobody has hired me as a manager yet. Well, looking at the mess I’m calling my room it might not be so much of a surprise anymore but … ahem … I digress.
These days, everybody seems to be “managing” their diet. Sorry, I can’t eat this, I already had too many carbs today. Oh, you know, I’m trying to up my protein intake …
Wait, everybody is ? I’ve never heard people on the street, in restaurants or elsewhere talk about micromanaging their nutrients. If my mum’s hungry she grabs a slice of whole-wheat bread with butter and cheese without second thought. My friends have no problem chowing down lunch of white pasta with greasy meat or veggie sauce at the university’s cafeteria and follow it up with a sugary dessert. Then why do I have such a hard time? Why can’t I “just eat”?
Don’t get me wrong. It can be helpful to have a rough idea of whether you’re getting enough nutrients in. Eating one of the nutrients in mass quantities while missing out on the others would be wrong. It’s obsessing about the “perfect” balance or cutting out or decreasing certain nutrients – namely carbs and fat – to a minimum. That’s just not healthy anymore. Food should be seen as, well, food – not as “carbs”.
I won’t lie and say I had it all down and was doing just fine. Noticing I ate huge amounts of carbs during a day makes me feel guilty. It’s ironic how I blame myself for not doing recovery the “right way”. Telling myself I could only get completely healthy if hitting the perfect balance of protein, carbs and fat. Some days I can convince myself of not having to care as of now, some days I fail.
Please don’t think I wanted to blame anybody for trying to hit certain nutrient goals. Bodybuilders, for example, have a reason to look for their protein intake. I just think people like me who do no weight training and even have to gain weight, shouldn’t care such a lot.
Oh, also: Do me and yourself a favour and don’t hire me as a manager. For further information why just ask my math teachers … or don’t :D.
Do you tend to over-analyze your diet? Do you strive for a certain balance of macronutrients? If so, why? I’d love to hear your opinion!