The Importance of Counting Micronutrients Over Macronutrients

Okay, so maybe some of us have fallen off the health wagon since social distancing started a year ago, but that’s okay, we’re all human. As we all get ready to re-emerge into the world as our own versions of our “post-covid selves”, we wanted to remind everyone to not immediately jump to dieting, restricting, or counting calories and macros to get back into prioritizing health, but instead to focus on your micronutrients.

We hear a lot about prioritizing macronutrient intake, but what about micronutrients? They’re the important ones after all. Micros, for short, are made out of various vitamins and minerals, which provide our bodies with the co-factors for proper functioning. So basically what we’re trying to say is; whether your post pandemic goals are growing, bulking, trimming, or just plain healthy aging, micronutrients are your answer.

So what about the fad diets that favor one of the macro groups and shame the others? Diet culture has built its empire off confusing the masses into jumping from one diet to the next so please understand that anyone who tells you that one entire food group should be avoided, is probably trying to benefit from you eliminating it and then needing to figure out how to live your life without it (ie purchasing their meal plan or supplement). One day it is high protein and fats (keto, paleo diets), the next day it is moderate protein and high complex carbs (longevity diets), it’s super confusing! Some people do thrive better off of a lower carb or lower fat diet but that is individual to them and dependent on so many things, the majority of human beings need to consume all 3 macronutrients at every meal and need to be prioritizing micronutrients for a happy and healthy mind and body. 

When you consume a diet high in micronutrients you eliminate the need for expensive supplements! After all they are really only meant to do exactly what the name suggests, supplement any gaps in the diet, and if your diet is high in a variety of micros then you shouldn’t have many gaps to fill. The best way to get the right balance of micronutrients is to focus on eating a nutrient-dense, minimally processed diet full of tons of plants, fruits, and veggies. The easiest way is to make sure to “eat the rainbow”, as in incorporate as many colours as you can in what you eat each day!

In Health - @tubify

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