You've probably heard these words thrown around. Macronutrients and Micronutrients are the nutrients that make up our nutrition.
Macronutrients are needed by your body in large amounts and consist of Proteins, Fats and Carbohydrates. Not just any Macros will do, the right combination for your body type and activity level, as well as the quality of your macros makes a difference to your health. To determine the correct ratio of Macros for your specific body type and goals is best done with the help of a nutritionist or dietician.
The best Macros come from real food. Well sourced proteins can be found in a variety of foods including animal and plant sources. All plant based foods are made up of carbohydrates, including sugar. Choosing a variety of vegetable and fruits as a bulk of your carbohydrates with some coming from nuts, seeds and legumes is the best way to meet your carb macros. Healthy fats are key to digestion, nutrient absorption and brain health. Fats are a bit trickier than the other 2 macros. With the outdated mindset that fat makes you fat still strong in many peoples belief systems, it's hard to know what's a good healthy fat and what fats you need to steer clear of. Many fats are included in foods that are less than healthy. Defining good vs. bad is an in depth topic that I'll address on another post. For now, let's access our healthy fats from whole healthy foods such as nuts and seeds, avocados, olives and olive oil and grass fed butter.
Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals your body needs every day and are found in your Macronutrients, as well as your water and from sun exposure. It's important to ensure that your diet is full of these important micronutrients. Eating a diet that is nutrient dense is crucial to your overall health, maintaining a strong immune system and boosting your wellness.
Variety is important. It's easy to fall into habits eating the same foods over and over, but to ensure you're getting all the micronutrients you need, eat a variety, the rainbow, with the seasons.