Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Summer and Sarah discuss the importance of defining health versus performance goals.
Having clearly defined goals is important to achieving the success you desire. When there are multiple goals, you risk having to sacrifice one area to achieve the greatest potential in the other. We can bucket the most common goals into three categories: health, performance and vanity.
While you may see improvements in all areas when you initially make changes to your nutrition and lifestyle, they often require specific protocols that will prevent you from optimizing two things at once. For example, training for a marathon (performance) and healing your digestive issues (health) will likely require different nutrition and lifestyle changes. You may need to trade-off improvements in one area to truly succeed in the other.
In this episode of S&STV, we talk about the importance of defining and prioritizing your goals to ensure success.
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Gary Kazanjian says
Can you consume fiber supplements on this program?
I’m glad you acknowledge vanity, as it seems like the elephant in the room that’s on many people’s minds but no one feels like they’re allowed to talk about it, or else we’re guilty of some venial sin.. Doing the W30 (on day 12 now, going strong) has been interesting: my main goal was to reset everything as per the general basis of an elimination diet, though I’ve been lucky enough to not have had any of the more serious sensitivities that seem to afflict a lot of people. However, I used to get a great deal of calories from complex carbs (lots of whole grains, also lots of dairy, especially fermented milk kefir) and I’ve struggled to replace them. I thought I looked a bit thin the other day, and I’m not terribly big to begin with (and please, this isn’t a ‘humble brag – we all have our ideal and healthy body weights, I just tend to be small) and I did look at the scale, because it was never a factor in beginning the W30 (last time I looked at a scale was probably 15 years ago in high school weights class) and I’d lost 4kgs, when my usual weight isn’t unhealthy by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve stopped some of my more intensive exercise, like kickboxing (reasons unrelated to W30), but I still cycle everywhere and run occasionally.. I guess this loss surprised and mildly alarmed me. But to contextualize it in terms of goals is good, because a) am I seeking a cleaner diet or b) am I optimizing performance? Thanks for breaking things down a bit, it’s given me food for thought (and maybe thoughts about bigger portions and greater helpings of protein at meals).