How's your diet?
If you haven't heard this before, write this on a piece of paper and stick it to your fridge:
You can't out exercise a bad diet! Meaning, if you are eating poorly and your food is full of sugars and chemicals and preservatives and calories, no amount of exercise will provide the weight loss and health benefits you are seeking. And, if you are consuming most of your meals in restaurants, you are not in control of your diet. We will go into great depth on this topic here at power2flower but let's just start with the basics:
- Know what you are eating by reading the label...better yet, avoid foods that need labels. If it comes from the earth and not a factory, those choices serve you best. If you must eat something from a package, try and stick to foods and drinks that list less than 10 ingredients and that sugar (in any form) is not in the first 4 ingredients...or at all.
- Plan what you are going to eat for the day and do your best to stick to it. If you know you are eating... 2 eggs, a piece of toast, and coffee for breakfast, for example, you are less likely to pick up a donut....or a muffin which, let's be honest, has almost the same amount of sugar but is somehow more accepted as a healthy choice.
- Accept that every meal you eat does not have to be a treat. Eating is the way our body receives the fuel it needs to function. Somehow we have lost focus of that and we think if our lunch or dinner isn't scratching an emotional itch, we are depriving ourselves. NOT TRUE! By eating salty, chemical and sugar laden foods, we are setting ourselves up for an onslaught of hormonal and chemical triggers that beg for more of the junk. Fuel yourself with real, natural foods and you remove half of the battle. Plus, when you do have a special splurge meal, you will appreciate it so much more.
- Try tracking your foods and do yourself a favor, BE HONEST. I really love the free tracker supertracker.usda.gov. Use helpful, free tools like this one to see what you are putting in your body and how it adds up to extra weight and sluggish afternoons.
This doesn't have to be so complicated. Make adjustments where you can, watch for your results, and as they come, use that confidence boost to implement some more changes. Every little adjustment you make to your diet will add up to some big changes....not just in how you look, but in how you feel. Isn't that worth it?
I'm here for you. Write to me about your struggles....we are now a team.