Proper Nutrition is going to optimize your performance.
Hi, people of 352!!
The holidays are fast approaching, which means soon there will be random bowls of seasonal candy everywhere. This does not have to be a scary thing, unless you have pets, make sure that your pets keep their grubby little paws out of the candy, please. My one common goal for every single one of my nutrition clients is for them to improve his or her relationship with food.
“Improve your relationship with food” means to get the little demon out of your head that insists that there are “good foods” and “bad foods.” Having a healthy relationship with food means that you don’t give food the power to be “good” or “bad.” It means eating the food you want to eat. Does this mean you should eat a bag of candy corn every day from now until Thanksgiving? No, it does not. If eating some candy corn makes you happy, you should eat some candy corn and then move on.
You should always be aware of what you are eating. Take notice of how the food makes you feel and make decisions moving forward about what to eat and how much of it to eat, based on how your food fuels your life. It’s called “mindful eating” and it’s simple, but not easy. In my personal experience, being more mindful about what you eat is the first step in the right direction. Once you are ready to step out of your comfort zone, it is time to figure out how to make your food work for you, rather than against you. Even the biggest candy corn enthusiast, when being honest with themselves, will NOT say that eating tons of candy corn makes them feel good.
Figuring out what kind of food gives you enough energy for your busy life and fuels your workouts does not happen overnight. Once you accept that the food you choose to eat will fuel your day differently, you can use it to make your life better. Keeping a food log can be a useful motivational tool and it doesn’t have to counting macros, it can simply be writing down what you ate or what activities you did that day. Most importantly make note of how these changes affected your day. Any information collected about your daily food consumption can help develop mindful eating habits and provide your nutritionist with necessary information to create long lasting changes.
If mindful eating is not enough nutritional structure, we can establish target macro numbers for you. Will these magical numbers suddenly provide you with your goal size and have the strength you have always dreamt of? Unlikely, but it could be a good place to start so that you can learn to keep track of what you eat in a long-term way. Success takes time; everyone would be happy with getting fast results, but no one is happy with short lived results. Therefore, we need to change our habits, not just go on a diet.
Let me know how I can help you have a healthier and happier relationship with food. Let’s get you on the road to understanding what you need to eat throughout the day, so that you can enjoy some Halloween candy responsibly!
Everyone is capable of becoming a healthier version of themselves but not everyone is willing to. Good luck out there, eat food, drink water, lift some things up and put them back down.