Wednesday, September 16, 2009

10 Rules of Good Nutrition

I've been on the hunt for nutritional guidance beyond what's provided in the P90X materials, and recently came across the Precision Nutrition System. While poking around on its website, I found a helpful (and free) 40-page guide called Precision Nutrition: Strategies for Success, which offers loads of useful information for food dummies like me. For example, here are its 10 Rules of Good Nutrition:
  1. Eat every 2-3 hours.
  2. Eat complete, lean protein each time you eat.
  3. Eat vegetables every time you eat.
  4. Eat carbs only when you deserve to (well, not ALL carbs -- eat fruits and veggies whenever you want).
  5. Learn to love healthy fats.
  6. Ditch the calorie containing drinks (including fruit juice).
  7. Focus on whole foods.
  8. Allow yourself “10% foods” (foods that break rules, but which you’ll allow yourself to eat or drink 10% of the time).
  9. Develop food preparation strategies.
  10. Balance daily food choices with healthy variety.

Yes, this free document is clearly a sales ploy by the Precision Nutrition team to get people to buy their products, and yes, there's nothing on the list above that most of us haven't heard before. Still, the guide provides surprisingly detailed advice on changing one's diet for the better, and is worth a look.