Nutrition One on One
March 11, 2011 5:01 pm
Filed Under: Fitness, Mayfair, Mayfair Blog, Nutrition, Nutrition Tips
Ok, so it’s 2011 and every diet that could ever be created has come and gone. At this point just about everyone knows that diets don’t work right? And we all know how to make healthy food choices right? Everyone knows what it takes to lose weight and look and feel great right?
Over the last decade or so, there has been an explosion of new and varied dietary information, but a significant percentage of the general population is still unaware of what food choices to make to keep fit and stay healthy. Many are still confused about the three basic building blocks (aka macronutrients: carbs, proteins, and fats) that make up the food we eat. Many still do not even consider the nutritional aspect of their lifestyle, or place enough importance on its’ role in the way they look and feel. For the minority that does care and value proper nutrition the information can be overwhelming and confusing.
Should I be eating, high carb, low carb, low fat, or no-fat?
Is it better to cut out all red meat and become a vegetarian?
Nuts are healthy but fattening, should I eat any, which ones, how much?
Which are the good carbs, and which are the bad carbs?
Should I drink skim milk, soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, lactose free milk, or no milk at all?
To be organic or not to be organic? Now that is a huge question.
Antioxidants anyone? Red wine, dark chocolate, olive oil, green tea , and berries!! Acai berry,golgi berry, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, huckleberry—-oops, that was a boy not a berry- sorry………
Ironically, there seems to be a direct correlation between the expansion of dietary information and that of the collective waistband of North America. Approximately 60% of the population is overweight, and in the US the level of obesity is creeping up towards 50%.
On such a global scale, this health dilemma may seem insurmountable. Taking a tiny cross section of the North American population, aka the Mayfair Parkway, a solution, or rather, solutions may be easier to come by.
First off, looking around the club, one can see a wide range of individuals engaged in a wide variety of fitness activities (and kudos to them all for their commitment to fitness!). The personalities are as varied as the body types in which they are contained.
Taking these variables into account, it seems logical to suggest that the right food plan or “diet” is a specifically individual challenge. Just as the personal trainer designs, educates, and “clicks” for and with each client on an individual basis, the same must go for any nutritional program.
Over the next month, Mayfair is excited to be introducing a new client-centred nutritional program; aimed to bring awareness, education, and aid, in a one-on-one manner, to the individual truly wishing to succeed in their fitness, health, and wellness goals.
Stay tuned for the next blog on nutrition coming next week….Carbohydrates: the good, the bad, and the ugly”……
Written by Rachel Nir, Mayfair Parkway’s Personal Trainer & Nutritionist