The Importance of food rotation By Alex Shoebridge & Martin Shyvers

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Today we have an interesting, actionable, short read for you!

A piece from DS contributors and coaches Alex Shoebridge and Martin Shyvers talking about the importance of Food Rotation.

So, What is Food Rotation?

Regularly switching out your protein, fat, and carbohydrate sources for the (rough) calorie equivalent, e.g substituting chicken for turkey, beef for lamb, salmon for trout, new potato for sweet potato, walnuts for almonds, duck eggs for chicken eggs, you get the idea.

Why it's important...

There are two main reasons for this.
The first comes down to dietary adherence. If you're consuming the same 15-20 foods on a regular basis, it can get tedious and monotonous, and in some cases can lead to an incident of 'falling off the wagon' because you're sick and tired of eating the same thing, it's no longer appetising, and you can get drawn to eating something that may be less optimal for your given goals.

This is an easy trap to fall into - if for example you're tracking your calories and macronutrients, and you've found a set of meals that fit your macros perfectly, it seems like a bit of a hassle to come away from these 'safe' foods and work out a new set of meal plans.

The second reason, is that regularly consuming the same foods can lead to (low level) food allergies and intolerances, which can result in a disruption in your ability to digest, and subsequently absorb these foods. This can impact your immune and endocrine (hormonal) systems too, leaving you more susceptible to colds and generally getting run down.

So bear this in mind next time you set out to do your weekly shop - think about switching out some of your regular foods with something similar, and enjoy some variety in your meals!

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About the Author

Alex Shoebridge is a veteran personal trainer with over a decade of experience. Qualifications - Premier Level 3 Trainer - PICP 1 & 2 - OLF Olympic Lifting Coach - National Level Strength & Conditioning Coach Alex has a hunger for helping to improve and enrich the quality of life individuals experience. This drive has lead him to expand his offering and certification into coaching, nutrition, instruction and postural analysis.

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