The thought of counting calories and grams of fat, protein and carbs everyday is daunting. Even if I didn't have a super outgoing 2.5 year old and a 14 week old baby, I wouldn't take the time to count these everyday. I know it has it's purpose, (like for people who are working towards maintaining a certain physique - body builders), but I've found this can actually create a lot more stress, anxiety, tension, and negative feelings towards food.  

Since I don't practice this, I surely don't teach my clients to practice this. Women who used to count calories/grams before working with me have said it's like a weight being lifted from their shoulders since they've stopped eating/living this way. It was actually causing them more stress, which would cause some women to binge on their favorite "bad" foods. Sure they'd write it down and "count" it, but then seeing the total calories at the end of the day caused guilt - it was a vicious cycle that needed to be broken. I believe there is a much easier and healthier way to eat and to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need.  

A great place to start is to eat from most food groups and eat a wide variety of foods within the food groups. I love this quote from Michael Pollan, "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." Eat food means eating fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, berries, and whole grains. It's real food, not processed in a factory. It means not eating something that comes from a box or comes from fast food restaurants. Not too much refers to portion sizes. Tuning in and listening to your body will help you know how much is right for you. Mostly plants refers to what you're eating; having a plant based diet is extremely high in (most of) the nutrients we need which will help keep us healthy.

Eating whole foods, real food, is going to serve you much better than counting every single gram of fat you eat. Don't let counting numbers everyday cause you to have negative feelings towards food. Food should be nourishing, fuel to our bodies, and pleasurable.