This week we are going to be focusing on healthy eating. Today I’m going to talk about changing your eating mindset. If you are newer to the blog read Navigating Eating and What I Eat: Part 1 as a good starting point 🙂 Today’s post is going to be short and sweet, but I think the message is really important here!
Friday I’m going to have Erin back on the blog to give you a more thorough peak into what she chows on. She is going to give us a food journal, so you’ll get a specific look at 2 whole days in the life of this personal trainer/super fit gal.
As always Wednesday we’ll have an interview! I cannot wait to introduce you to Brittney a personal trainer/strength coach.
I talk to a lot of people about improving their diet. It’s often through AdvoCare, when someone signs up for an Herbal Cleanse or 24 Day Challenge. What I’ve learned from being a personal trainer and AdvoCare Distributor/Coach is that that sometimes the person has no idea what their eating should look like or how to prepare food. Many times I come across people that have tried the calorie counting thing and are filling their bodies with no-fat, low-fat chemical crap. Hopefully this week, I can start to help you find better choices.
Here is the mantra that has been running through my head. It is the main take away message for today:
Food is fuel for your body to run on.
Your body needs good, quality fuel to run its best. If you are eating well, you are going to feel and look your best. You’ll have more energy, improved confidence, better digestive health, clearer skin, PLUS your overall health will be better. The benefits are endless.
A couple common mindsets/misconceptions that I want to address:
Eating your feelings. The other night at work I had the craziest shift of my life. It was bonkers you guys. Afterward, my super sweet friend offered my a cupcake. She said, “I know you usually say no…but, I thought since you’ve had such a crazy shift”. I smiled, and said “No thanks”. For me, eating because of stress does NOT make me feel better. It actually makes it worse. I don’t eat perfect, but I’m not going to stuff my face with sweets because of stress. Are you a stress eater? The first step to breaking this habit is acknowledging it.
I worked out so hard, so I can eat whatever. Noooooooooooo. Fuel back up with healthy eats. Otherwise you are negating your hard work + slowing your progress. Healthy eating + working out go hand in hand. If you make them both an important part of your life and you will reap the benefits. Post workout I go for an amazing smoothie: AdvoCare Post Recovery Workout (chocolate) + a scoop of PB2 mixed with almond milk (just blend). Yum! This is an amazing/healthy/balanced/good recovery option.
Food as a reward. “Do not reward yourself with food, you are not a DOG”. I loved that pin when I saw it on Pinterest. So many times we center our celebrations and rewards around food. Find a balance where you aren’t just treating yourself to cake because you got through a test or a tough week at work.
Preparing food is hard. It’s not though. You can you-tube just about anything. Your meals don’t need to be fancy, they just need to be functional. Erin is going to give us some prep tips on Friday.
Healthy food is expensive. As Natalie said, “Pay now or pay later”. A little bit of extra money now could save you from becoming a toxic reservoir. Being healthy should be a priority, and you can probably find another place you are spending unnecessary moola. Don’t let this be your excuse for continuing to eat unhealthy, cheap, fast, processed “food”. Take it from this nurse, you do not want to continue to set yourself up for a life of chronic disease.
Don’t worry, there is plenty more to come on the subject of healthy eating. I hope everyone has a great Monday and fuels their body right 🙂 -Ames