What can be considered to be ‘good’ food?
If you want to get fit, then you need to eat well. At Fysiqal we always preach that food and drink you use to fuel your lifestyle is as important as your efforts in the gym. Get this wrong and you simply won’t be able to perform at your peak.
This means that you need to consider, in short, eating ‘good’ foods. Good foods contribute to a good overall diet and, by extension, good results when it comes to your workout. It’s a winning formula.
It’s all well and good saying that, but what is a ‘good’ food? Here’s what you need to consider…
Superfoods should be on your shopping list
Some food items are absolutely packed with goodness and contain several of the key ingredients that make up an ideal balanced diet. These are often known as superfoods, such is their power. As we’ve noted before on the blog, their number includes spinach – which is packed with vitamins C, E and K and iron and antioxidants – or sweet potatoes with vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium and iron. Blueberries, quinoa, Greek yoghurt and garlic all make it onto the superfood list. These need to be the sort of items that find their way into your shopping basket – and your recipes – each and every week.
Balance is everything
It’s perhaps tempting to focus your efforts solely on those amazing superfoods. Yet just because these foods are packed full of things you need, it doesn’t mean they are the only items that contain goodness, or indeed that they are the only items you should consume. Above all else you are searching for the right balance of nutrients – with the protein and carbs appropriate to your exercise regime. Balance does include things like fat and sugar, but the ‘good’ forms that will not scupper your efforts. So that’s carbs in vegetables that bring in glucose and not processed foods packed full of fructose. It’s also about avocados or oily fish to get your intake of fats, and not fast food. Balance does mean a bit of everything – topped up with supplements where you are falling short – but a bit of everything that’s good.
It’s good to know what’s in your food
Once you’ve got your superfoods in your shopping basket – and found a way of getting good fats in your diet – you’re well on your way to being good. One other thing you need to do, however, is to understand exactly what’s in your food. Learn to scour food labels to see if anything has been added to the item. The information should all be there for you and should stop you inadvertently eating something you’d rather not be consuming. If you’ve not heard of an ingredient, question it. Research ingredients and stay in control of what you consume. Fresh produce, free from packaging, is good for delivering all of the natural goodness that you’re after.
Don’t judge a book by its cover
The last thing to remember is that some of the ‘received wisdom’ about food is just plain wrong. Reckon that curry, chocolate or nuts – to pick three – are definitely off limits? Think again. Actually these are all examples of good food with an (unfair) bad reputation, given the right choices. We’ve written about some of the others here. Consider food based on what it will deliver for you.
Superfoods and foods that deliver balance should be considered good – and you should search these out by understanding the contents of the items you consume and by looking beyond any preconceptions you have.