A few weeks back I met with a client for a nutrition consultation, and she showed me her entire week of food diaries. The good part was that she was very honest and wrote EVERYTHING down she had eaten…. the bad part was that there was nothing healthy on there. I’m talking pizza, white bread, beer, coffee, chocolate, etc, etc. So I showed her what to do to get on track, and kept it nice and simple for her to make it easy to take the next step.

Then I asked her if she had any questions and she replied with some really advanced information:

“Should I go for grass-fed beef instead of regular beef?”

“What & When should I take my supplements ?”

“What do you think of the lemon cleanse?”

“Which fat burner do you recommend?”

along with many other questions like that and to me this didn’t make any sense, because if you don’t even have the basics right, how can you step to the next level?

So I told her what I’m about to tell you:

You HAVE to know where you currently are in order to know what to do next.

What I mean is.. if right now you are not eating vegetables every single day, then my advice is simple:

Start eating vegetables

it doesn’t matter if they’re organic or not (although I would personally always recommend eating organic), the most important thing you can do is actually eat them. Just like working out, the most important thing is to start – no matter what you do, the universe will reward your DECISION to take action. Eat vegetables for 21 days straight.. make it a habit.. THEN we can start talking about the ‘next level’ stuff.

Do you know what I mean?

Get the basics first. So with that said, here’s a little audit you can do right now for yourself to see where you are. I’m going to ask you 3 simple questions, and if you can answer “yes” to all three, then you have a foundation:

  1. Do you get at least 3 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables EVERY single day?
  2. Do you drink at least half your bodyweight in ounces of water per day?(even if you eat 100% perfect, nothing matters if you’re dehydrated)
  3. Do you thoroughly chew your food before swallowing? (Unchewed food gets stuck in the lining of your stomach and can become a breeding ground for fungus and parasites which can eventually lead to disease)

Of course there are a million more questions we can come up with, but you’ll be surprised by how many people don’t have the basics.

If you answered ‘yes’ to all three questions, then that’s awesome. If you didn’t, then just remember, using one of my favorite quotes, “It’s never too late to become what you might have been”

Take it one step at a time, skip the ‘shiny objects’ that you see in the media and just keep it simple =)