Nutrition is tricky.
But then again it isn't.
The problem shows up in looking for the quick fix, the perfect diet, or the holy grail of food.
There is no perfect.
There is no diet that suits everyone.
And there is no magic food.
When first delving into understanding food better there is A LOT of conflicting information.
It can be paralyzing.
Fat is good. Carbs are bad.
Fat is bad. Carbs are good.
Protein is great.
Red meat will kill you.
Kale is a superfood.
Kale will kill you.
Lemon in water is excellent!
Lemon in water is terrible for your teeth.
AHHHG! It is maddening.
So. I might as well go eat Twinkies, and Skittles, and Fruit Loops, and Lunchables, and Fruitsnacks, and... EVERYTHING.
Highly processed refined foods are not the answer. This is something - in the vast world of nutrition - pretty much everyone can agree on.
As for the rest of it the body craves balance. Going too left (aka a million green kale smoothies all day er'yday) or going too right (aka all meat no veg all the time) is generally not the best place to land.
You will eat differently at different times in your life.
What you eat should be dictated by your needs and goals.
There are times when more restriction makes sense.
There are time when a therapeutic approach makes sense.
There are times when you can get away with indulging yourself.
And there are times when you cannot.
Figuring out what you need for specific weight loss goals, health concerns, and/or performance CAN be tricky and take time and experimentation to figure out (I can help you).
But, in broad strokes eating foods that are high quality, foods that are whole, avoiding refined grains and sugars MAKES A LOT OF SENSE and is something you can do if you'd like to push the pendulum toward health.