Last week we talked about nutrition, habit formation, and our general approach to incorporating more effective nutrition into a healthy lifestyle.
Here’s a question for you. Do you know how you should be eating to reach your goals?
If you’re like many people who we talk to, the answer is something like this: “I know what I should be eating, but… [insert lifestyle/family/business/schedule reason] makes it hard”.
Or “I was on track, but then (I hear this a lot recently) covid happened”. Maybe you’ve picked up the infamous covid “19” (lbs) or maybe it’s 40 lbs.
Whatever the number is, it happened. It’s been a stressful two years for many of us, and sometimes that means we turn to food for solace.
Or maybe your exercise routine was upended and hasn’t been put back on its feet yet. Either way, the net result is that those pants are fitting a bit tighter these days.
Getting back to what you should be eating – there’s a ton of conflicting information in the nutrition world, and it’s difficult to sort through it all. Ultimately it comes down to some basic principles, and whether or not what you’re doing is working for you.
Some people thrive on low carbs. Others get hangry like The Hulk when they don’t get enough carbs. Some people try it all: low fat, high fat, keto, paleo, intermittent fasting, “fat-burners”, snake diet, steak diet, crash diet, “detox” diet… the list goes on and on.
It doesn’t have to be complicated. It shouldn’t leave out entire macronutrients (i.e. proteins, fats, or carbs). It should be built around real food. It should be something that makes you feel good, perform and recover well, makes you happy in your own skin and your pants, and is SUSTAINABLE… for the rest of your life.
Nutrition is a big piece of the puzzle, but being physically active is important as well, for physical and mental health.
And there’s an interesting synergy that happens when you get back into exercise. You WANT to eat better. You WANT to do things that help you recover faster (sleep is a big one here!). You WANT to use your newfound strength and fitness to do things you couldn’t before.
If you’re tired of sorting through complex nutrition and fitness advice on your own, or if you’re just tired of being tired, reach out to us.
Someone wise once said: “Many people wish they started sooner. Almost nobody wishes they started later.”
Take the first, small step towards your goals, and get in touch.