I am writing this blog with the saying that states “flying by the seat of one’s pants.” I will be honest though I am sitting on my couch, it’s a Sunday, almost noon, and I am not wearing pants. Don’t worry!!!! I have boxers on. TMI Evan.
But seriously, I have no game plan for this article, I am just winging it. I wanted to talk today about my recent chats with new members and potential nutrition clients at our gym Forge-Rx.
I always start with asking, “So, tell me a little about your nutrition?” or “What does a typical day look like?”
They always talk about…
“Well, I know how to eat, it comes down to me doing it.”
“I don’t have the time.”
“I don’t know what to eat.”
“I did this diet and it worked”
“I try to cut out…gluten, the yolks of the egg, carbs, sugar” Blah, blah blah.
Want to know my answer?
I always say…
“It starts with mindset. YOU have to want to do this. I can help you, but I can’t feed you.”
“It is ok if you don’t have the time, find what works for you. Make the best choice possible when you eat. EVEN, when you go out to eat. Control your portions.”
“Take 20 minutes out of your day, get on google, find breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack meals that are quick and easy to make that you like to eat that are remotely healthy.”
“Your “diet” worked? Did it really? Then depriving yourself of food to eat all the foods you didn’t eat while on your “diet” to gain your weight back and more really worked, huh?”
“Literally, majority of what you think is right when it comes to nutrition is bulls*** media.”
Trust me, I completely understand this isn’t easy. You are not like me where fitness and health is my life. This is easy for me. I get it.
BUT let’s get real…YOU HAVE TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH! Period.
Being overweight, in pain, on medication, etc. is NOT OK!
So, what do we do? WE DON’T OVER THINK IT
So, you are exercising? That’s awesome!
What should our nutrition look like? Let’s not over complicate it. Eat protein at every meal, carbs when you need them like before and after your workout, and mix in lots of veggies, some fruit and healthy fats like nuts.
If you want something then eat it! Food deprivation will destroy you, trust me, I did it in my teens and early twenties. I had an eating disorder. What do I do now? I eat what I want, but I do it responsibly.
You have to find balance in the foods you want to eat and the foods that are better choices.
YOU have to do this for you, for your family, FOR YOUR LIFE!
Where do we go from here? Exactly what I told the last person I talked to about changing their lifestyle.
Sit down, make a plan, talk to your spouse or someone who will hold you accountable, write some short and long term goals, take some before pictures AND JUST START. Take one day at a time and tweak things as you move forward.
WE want to hear from you, WE want to help you, WE are on this journey together.
Seriously, if you need someone to talk to, or need a coach to guide you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org