Master Cleanse, Cabbage Soup, Alkaline, Blood Type, Baby Food, Grapefruit, shakes, low-fat, low-joule, Atkins, Zone, Macrobiotic, South Beach, Paleo, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, 80:20…

The list goes on.

No wonder we’re all bloody confused about HOW to eat!

In a world filled with Insta-worthy Acai bowls right beside equally as Insta-worthy decadent doughnuts and every online media outlet creating a diet list each second day, how are any of us supposed to make an informed, educated decision about our nutrition?

But what if I told you that your nutrition really doesn’t require that much ‘knowledge’?

What if I told you that your nutrition doesn’t need ‘rules’?

As our May Challengers know, my advice around nutrition is really simple.

Keep your food choices as close to their natural source as you possibly can
— Source unknown. Maybe it's me?

This is not meant to be yet another rule. This is to help you say 'Sayonara' and 'Eff Off' to the rules that you may have put around food.

It's a guideline at best.

That is, it means your food should look like it grew at the beginning. Not that it was created in a lab.

So, what does that mean for you?

Well, it’s easy to overdo it on apple juice with an incredibly high sugar content. But take that juice back to it’s natural source – the apple – and it would be really hard, and stomach ache inducing, to chow through the amount of apples needed to make your cup of juice.

Or how about that tub of ‘low-fat’ yoghurt? The ingredients list reads like a Year 10 chemistry textbook. Acetylated distarch adipate 1422, anyone?! How is a chemically treated and heat treated starch natural? This is just one of the (up to) about 15 ingredients. But take a tub of natural, Greek yoghurt, and the ingredients list has three items – milk, milk solids and live yoghurt cultures.

Food should ‘go off’. It should spoil. That’s part of the natural process of food breakdown and what our body does quite well in digestion. If your food has a shelf-life five years from now, imagine the hard work your body has to put into digesting it!

So please, for the love of all things good, get rid of your rules around food. Eat with intuition (like, I don’t know, when you’re genuinely hungry…) Eat with intelligence. Eat with family and friends. But don’t eat with rules.

And, every so often, eat the birthday cake.