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11 Most Common Nutrition Questions, Answered

January 08, 2024 4 min read

“Laughter is brightest in the place where food is good”

1. Getting started, How do I start?

2 Words, NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES. No you don’t need to go Keto or all Paleo or even stop the sugar. The first step is to address where you may be deficient in your nutrition. A great place to start would be:

  • More Water
  • More Protein
  • More Heathy Fats
  • Enough Vitamins and Minerals

Which one of these do you feel you need the most work on? Start there. Make sure you are being honest with yourself. If you haven’t tracked your protein, water, fats or complex carbs or veggies (vitamis & minerals)…how do you really know? Once this is established, then portions and the quality of your food is the next step.

2. What’s the best diet to follow?

Well, it depends. Where are you at with your “diet” right now? What is something you can do consistently over time? That is what’s going to work. You can lose weight on a plant based diet, you can lose on Paleo or meat-based. You can lose weight on organic and free range or conventional foods. It takes a little know how and CONSISTENCY.

3. Do I have to count calories to lose weight?

Nope, there is an easier way. Use your hand to measure servings!

4. Should I avoid carbs?

HECK NO!! Carbohydrates provide the body with glucose, which is converted to energy used to support bodily functions and physical activity. YOU NEED CARBS, but are you eating the right ones? Whole grains, fruits, beans, (in moderation of course) help feed your brain, nervous system, and heart. Starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and beets, quinoa, chickpea pasta and oatmeal. Again, the serving size comes into play here as many people eat too many carbs or the wrong kind.

5. Should I avoid grains?

Let’s keep this simple. NO. Unless you have celiac or other intolerance there is no need to avoid them. It’s a popular topic in different diet “camps” but as you will learn, there is NO diet that is magical. What you will stick with consistently is what works.

6. Should I drink less alcohol?

Well, do you need to? No amount of alcohol is goods if you are trying to lose weight or improve your fitness, HOWEVER, in moderation, just like twinkies is a great route to go:). And by the way, I prefer swiss cake rolls to twinkies:)

7. What should I eat and when, before/after a workout?

Well, it depends. Did you last eat at 5 PM the night before and are working out at 7 AM the next morning? You could benefit from a light snack with protein and carbs in it. Have you been stressed and sleep hasn’t been great? You too could benefit from a pre-workout snack. If you are peri-menopausal, or in menopause research ON WOMEN, suggests that you should most definitely eat before a workout, especially if the workout is going to run over 30 minutes. How much again depends on what type of activity you are doing. A small snack of 150 kcal is enough to get you started on a short workout, but if you are planning on a long run, or triathlon training sessions it’s good to have a decent breakfast 1-2 hours before you take off. My Run With Purpose Project will get a little deeper into EXACTLY how much to fuel those runs too!

AFTER a cardio workout your ratio of protein to carbs should be 3:1. After strength, 2:1 within 45 minutes of your workout. You can jump over HERE to grab my shopping list of foods to add to your cart!

8. Do I need to do a cleanse or detox?

Only if you feel like spending money. People that suggest detoxes are usually well, selling them. Your body is MADE for detoxing. Back from vaca and feel like you need to clean up your act?

  • Increase your water intake
  • Eat healthy protein
  • Increase your veggie intake
  • Cut out processed food
  • Sweat

9. How do I get Abs?

It takes a lot of hard work, unless your heredity is really strong in this area. No processed foods, No alcohol, cut out desserts, make sure your getting 8 hours of sleep each night, proper macro cycles, exercise intensely 4-5 hours a week. Are the tradeoffs worth the rewards? It’s up to you to decide!

10. Do sleep and stress really affect your nutrition?

YES it does. Getting 8 hours of sleep helps your body detox, rebuild and maintain hormones necessary to keep your body balanced. Less sleep means your Ghrelin levels are decreased. This decrease affects your growth hormone secretion, and leads to an increase in food intake & appetite, promoting weight gain.


If you are struggling to be consistent in your nutrition, sleep, stress, hormone help or exercise, consider joining us this SUMMER for my 8 WEEK SUMMER HEAT! You can learn more by heading HERE! Make sure you like the page and if you like what you see there, join myFREE FITNESS ACCOUNTABILITY page to be the first to know about new recipes, workouts, workout motivation, and more!

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