Over 40 Fitness Hacks

410: Michelle Zellner - Mastering the Basics of Nutrition: Protein, Fats & Fibers (PFF)

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Mastering the Basics of Nutrition: Protein, Fats & Fibers (PFF)

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In this podcast episode, Brad Williams from Over 40 Fitness Hacks interviews Michelle Zellner from Better Beings. Michelle discusses the fundamental principles of nutrition in a nutshell, emphasizing that many people lack even the basic knowledge of what constitutes real food. She highlights the importance of consuming food in its natural state and the role of food as raw materials for the body's chemical compounds.

Michelle introduces the concept of "PFF," where every meal should consist of protein, fat, and fiber, emphasizing the significance of these elements for maintaining stable blood sugar levels, absorbing fat-soluble vitamins, and regulating hunger hormones.

The discussion delves into the ratio of macronutrients in the diet, with a preference for a balanced distribution of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat. Michelle acknowledges that most individuals struggle to meet their protein requirements, emphasizing the need to prioritize protein intake for optimal health.

They touch upon the significance of avoiding processed foods and focusing on real, organic options. Michelle highlights the value of a diverse diet, encompassing a wide variety of foods and colors to ensure the intake of essential vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.

The conversation also addresses the timing of meals, with a recommendation to eat early and often. Michelle explains the importance of adhering to an 8-hour feeding window and a 16-hour fasting window, with the majority of fasting hours occurring during sleep.

The interview concludes with a discussion on the four P's: plan, purchase, prep, and pack, as essential steps in maintaining a nutritious diet. Michelle also introduces the concept of assessing one's relationship with food, promoting mindfulness, and addressing emotional connections to eating.

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