Something to keep in mind when anybody, myself included, discusses nutrition:
A complete discussion of any nutrition topic, addressing all variables and considerations, cannot be accomplished in a single article or discussion. People go to school for a very long time to learn the ins and outs of human nutrition. And then theories and recommendations are constantly changing based on new clinical trials, epidemiological studies and meta-analyses. And every person has different nutritional needs based on many factors, including their gut microbiome, current body composition, target body composition, activity level, activity type, age, gender and on and on.
So why do I bother writing a post on nutrition?
I can’t provide a comprehensive view of human nutrition, and I can’t even completely address a single topic. But what can be provided are general guidelines and tools. That is all that anybody can provide. Keep that in mind when you read or listen to any discussion of nutrition – it is a single viewpoint and cannot address every person and every variable. All that can really be provided is a new ‘tool’ in your understanding and practice of your individual nutrition.
There are thousands of variables to consider when eating, and really when engaging in any activity. So can I explain 5 or 6 concepts and say I’ve explained everything to make you a phd in nutrition? No. But you are way better off than if you knew nothing. Are you going to take the time to learn enough about nutrition to become a phd and know every general concept, scientific background and exception to these? No. So I am providing some general ideas that cover most situations. They do not cover every person and every situation, but if you understand and apply what I am explaining, you are going to be way better off than with no knowledge. What’s a good metaphor? Computers. Say your wifi doesn’t work. Maybe you have a few rules that you’ve learned on how to remedy the issue. You turn your computer’s wifi reception off and back on. You reset your computer. You unplug your modem and router, then plug them back in. Most of the time this works. Almost every time. But not every time. Sometimes you need an expert that has loads of knowledge and experience and has put in the time to learn the ins and outs of every situation related to wireless networking. You are not willing to put in the time and effort to know be able to address 100% of situations, like the networking professional can. But by learning the most important 4 or 5 concepts, you can address/correct 90% of the situations. You are way better off than if you knew nothing. That is what I am doing here. There are phds in nutrition. I am not one and you are not one. We don’t need to be. And we are not willing to take the time to become one. If I wrote an article that explained the ins and outs and norms and exceptions for a single nutritional concept, no one would read it because it would be horribly complicated and in depth, and even ‘nutrition experts’ would not agree on all of it. So I am providing the simple rules that apply to most situations and will make you far better off than if you knew nothing. If you know to reset your computer’s wifi connection, reset your computer, unplug and replug your modem and router, you can generally address and take care of your networking issues. If you have a few of the most important and relevant concepts and guidelines for nutrition and eating, you will be able to make intelligent nutrition choices and keep yourself healthy. You won’t know everything to address every situation, but by being right 90% of the time you will be good to go and much better off than by believing that you need to know everything- because if you try to know everything you will throw your hands up and say forget it and say nutrition is too hard, too complicated, too contradictory. Learn and apply the basics and you are plenty good to go.