When you hear the word ‘diet’ what comes to mind?
Nutrition Matters! We all know nutrition matters, but how many of us really take the time to plan and manage for quality, nutritious foods – EVERYDAY!
In our “look good at any cost” society, many are starving from the lack of vital nutrients. Lose that extra winter weight at any cost, its the same. Or, in our hectic, over-charged lifestyles, drive through the fast food line everyday—for sure the wrong type of calories.
Our lifestyle becomes part of a self-fulfilling prophecy. “I just can’t keep the weight off…” “It doesn’t matter what I eat, I never lose any weight…” Before you know it, we come to the conclusion we are “just fat” in our desire to eat like a “regular person”.
The problem? A “regular person” in our society eats the wrong things. Without any real thought or intention, we are just eating a sludge of preprocessed foods filled with sugar, salt and fats – all designed to get us to eat them!
There are so many incredible foods that taste good AND don’t have a ton of calories. There are so many recipes that offer fantastic nutritional choices, BUT don’t require lots of salt and sugar to taste good.
Take this quick, fun test:
1. How often do you go to the grocery store? 2x per week, 1x per week, 1x every two weeks, less than that
2. How often do you eat out? 2x per day, 1x per day, 4x per week, 2x per week…
Now, divvy up the cart from your last grocery store run.
3. What percentage of food was from the fresh fruit and vegetable isle? <10%, 10-20%, 20-50%, More than 50%
4. From the fresh meat counter?
5. From the frozen dinner isle?
6. From the sugar and carbs isle (colas and other drinks)?
This work requires a fearless inventory of your habits. Don’t sell yourself short. If you don’t cook, or don’t have time to cook, take the time to seek healthy alternatives. There are plenty of options out there.
And please don’t forget that food is a pleasure. Ease up on some of your crazy restrictions and balance them out with alternative ways to enjoy your life. A nice fruit smoothie for dessert as opposed to that pint of Hagen Daz…(I know….I know) You can still have the ice cream….just save it for a special occasion.
Enjoy your life!!