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Ditch Calories

It’s time to stop counting calories & embrace nourishment.

Calorie counting is a waste of your time.
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There is so much more to food and energy that matters.⁣⁣⁣
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There is so much more to our body shape and size than an antiquated mathematical equation.⁣⁣⁣
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Don’t get me wrong, back in 1918 when calories were first discovered it was a real game changer to learn that humans have a basic energy requirement in order to maintain life.⁣⁣⁣

But nowadays we don’t live like we did in 1918.⁣⁣⁣ We don’t grow and produce all of our own food. ⁣⁣We get most of what we eat from the shelves of a supermarket. ⁣⁣⁣We have fast food outlets and convenience stores on almost every street corner.⁣⁣⁣ These places use food science to process the crap out of food so that it barely resembles food anymore and our body knows this. ⁣⁣⁣
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We get all kinds of messages from the body when we eat fast food; bloated, headache, fatigue, bad skin – ring any bells?⁣⁣⁣ There are metabolic consequences for all of the different foods we eat, and these aren’t considered in the calorie equation. ⁣⁣⁣
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It’s not surprising that when the world became obsessed with calorie counting they decided it was a good idea to reduce fat or create low-fat versions of all our favourite foods. ⁣⁣⁣After all proteins and carbs give us roughly 4 calories / gram when fat gives us around 9 calories / gram.⁣⁣⁣ So if calorie counting worked it would make sense that a low-fat diet = a healthy, slim human. ⁣⁣⁣

But it’s not true. ⁣⁣⁣
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Let’s use the avocado as an example.⁣⁣⁣

1 🥑 = 322 calories.⁣⁣⁣

If we just focused on that we’d avoid avos right? ⁣⁣⁣Or eat maybe 1/2 a week as a ‘treat’.⁣⁣⁣

But an 🥑 is worth so much more than that. ⁣⁣⁣⁣It’s high in fat – around 29g.⁣⁣⁣ Fat that helps us build healthy hormones, nervous systems and LOWERS our cholesterol.⁣⁣⁣

But it’s not just the good fats.⁣⁣⁣Avocados also contain 19 other nutrients which are essential for our body to run all it’s systems and processes optimally. ⁣⁣⁣This is what is important.
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We don’t need to get caught up counting calories. ⁣⁣⁣Our bodies do not require precision and mathematical equations to thrive.

We need to learn to pay attention to how our bodies respond to what we feed it.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ When we respond well – we choose more of that.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣This is Nourishment. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Are you keen to know more about choosing nourishment over restriction?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Jump over to my about page to read a little more about the work I do and how you can work with me.⁣⁣ Send me a message if you need a bit of support making this change.⁣⁣

Nourishment is my passion and I’m here to help you find it.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Love,

Kerryn x

 


About Kerryn Nilsson-Linne: Kerryn is a Holistic Nutritionist and Eating Psychology Coach with a passion for supporting women. Her consulting and workshops aim to help women navigate away from the unattainable pursuit of ‘perfect’ and allow them to develop – and sustain – empowering approaches to eating and taking care of their bodies.

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