The Nutritional Challenge
The Nutritional Challenge i.e. Diet
If you’ve read the Coffee Shop and Bus Stop Nutrition article you’ll understand that diets fall into the Bus Stop category i.e. we use them for a limited time when we expect a specific result. If you haven’t already, go back and read that article, by clicking here.
We call diets ‘Challenges’, as diets are generally quite challenging. By calling it a challenge you add an element of competition with yourself and your coach, me.
This article will help you decide which diet/challenge is right for you and how long you’d like the challenge to last.
A Coffee Shop is a great place to relax, chill and spend large quantities of time enjoying your own and others company. There’s generally no deadlines or expectations.
The Bus Stop is visited when you’re aiming to get somewhere specific. You expect the bus to depart and arrive at a set time and location. Therefore you plan accordingly. We aim to spend the minimal amount of time at Bus Stops, they’re simply the means to an end.
We use this concept to explain nutrition strategies and training challenges.
Coffee Shop Nutrition
Habit based, sustainable, long term nutrition strategies should be the aim for 9-12 months of the year. These might include 5 portions of fruit & veg per day, 2 liters of fluid, consume sugar and alcohol in moderation, eating vegetables only for 2 meals per week.
Coffee Shop Nutrition is built over long periods of time, through trial and error, without deadlines or high expectations, though most will achieve their goals simply with this approach. This is the approach which most should begin with.