We are on week three of our four week series and today we’re chatting about nutrition and how we can implement good habits into our daily lives. There is a lot of information when it comes to nutrition and it can get overwhelming for anyone. The issue I hear the most from the women I work with is “I know what I should be doing, but I just can’t do it”. They typically go off and talk about their lack of motivation, lack of will power, etc.. The great news is, It’s not because you lack will power. If all it took was following a plan perfectly, there would be no issues. The diet industry would be out of business, America wouldn’t have an obesity epidemic and most likely, you wouldn’t be reading this blog.
Everything we do in our studio focuses on the person as a whole and it’s no different when it comes down to nutrition. It’s just as important to take care of your inner well being (mentally, emotionally & spiritually) as it is to learn about what balanced nutrition looks like. So, before you choose to begin a different diet, go on a weight loss challenge, or set yourself up for another round of failure, I encourage you to try these tips that I use on a daily basis. For a more detailed outline and plan you can always set up a mind+body session with me where we dive deep into your specific needs. You can do that here ---> www.iamwell.org
Lets get going on my top 4 tips.
1. Shift the focus from weight loss to nourishment.
When we think weight loss it automatically sets us up for failure. We want to lose x amount of weight in x amount of days and then we think we’ll reach this place of happiness and contentment. In the process we’re forced to cut out food groups, limit or track what we eat, workout religiously and try our best to be perfect. We may get to our weight but we might feel like crap, we might gain it back a month later or we might not even get there at all.
When we think nourishment, we’re taking care of our bodies. We are giving them the foods that help them thrive and feel their very best. Our bodies are able to use that food as fuel and give us more energy throughout the day which means we want to be active. There’s no restrictions, no crazy time frames and no black and white goals. Nourishment is something you can do for a lifetime. Your body will naturally get you to a weight it’s happy and healthy at. You won’t have crazy mood swings and crashes throughout the day. You’ll feel happy, satisfied and content.
2. Choose real, whole foods.
I use to be an avid calorie counter and choosing everything low cal, fat free and sugar free. Those things are typically filled with chemicals that our body does not recognize. It screws with our hormones, we store the toxins in our fat cells and they weaken our immune system.
Now, I choose real foods. I buy organic and local when possible. When I consume meat I get it from a local farm. I don’t count calories. I give my body real, whole foods and in return my body lets me know when it’s hungry. I honor that and feed it when it gives me those signals. My husband and I are young and new business owners. We make it a priority to budget for healthy, nourishing foods. Money or cost should never be a reason why you don’t eat nourishing foods. We’ve learned that since we’ve budgeted we’ve actually saved money on our grocery bill.
I cannot say this enough. This is not a 4 week meal plan. You should be eating in a way you can maintain for the rest of your life.( Exceptions to this might be if you are a cancer patient or going through any other major medical issues). For the average person who is just looking to find health, it's so important to find balance. Too often we think in extremes. We feel like we have to be perfect and if we mess up and eat a cookie we’ve screwed everything up! Shift your thoughts. If you love cookies, I sure hope you wouldn’t have to give them up forever. Find a new, healthier version you could make yourself (using real ingredients) or have it as a special treat and take your time to enjoy it. This journey you’re on is called life, it will never be smooth sailing from point A to point B. Instead, adjust things, pick yourself right up after you get knocked down and use it as a learning experience.
4. Create substantial meals.
Food is fuel. Our bodies cannot survive on low calorie plans. We need to eat meals that can give us energy and keep our bodies running. A flavored 100 calorie oatmeal pack does not count as a substantial meal. Nourish your body throughout the day and it will give you the energy and health you need. Here is a sample breakfast that my husband and I love.
I hope you try one or all of these tips this week. Let me know how it’s going for you!
Hanna Kuyper- HNC
My name is Hanna Kuyper and my mission for iamwell comes directly from my past experiences. Read more