Welcome to the first of a special 4-week series of posts, which we’re calling Transform You 2020 and Beyond! We’re focusing on nutrition this week. We’ll tackle mindset, fitness and environment/community in the coming weeks.
Now more than ever you’ve probably been bombarded with confusing ads, social media posts, and blogs encouraging you to follow THIS diet to lose weight, get healthy, increase your energy, improve your sex drive, decrease your risk of cancer… and on and on.
You name it and someone has developed a diet or a supplement that will solve all of your problems.
And so confusion reigns. What is best? Keto? Paleo? Intermittent fasting? Carb cycling? Plant-based? Vegan? Whole 30?
All of it, and none of it. There is no one diet or meal plan that is THE best for everyone out there.
There is no single diet that is guaranteed to work for you. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that healthy eating is actually much simpler than any of the diets listed above would make you think.
I’ll talk more about our philosophy later this week. For now, I want to focus on just one thing.
The reality is that the best approach to healthy eating is the one that you can stick with long term. Most of us know HOW to improve our nutrition–knowledge is often not the issue. Instead, it’s a matter of sticking to it that is the problem.
Some of the things that can get in the way include:
- An all-or-nothing approach–one “slip” leads to guilt and throwing the whole idea of healthy eating out the window.
- Trying to change everything at once–going from living on coffee, soda, sweets and processed food to trying to stick with Whole 30 will almost always fail.
- Too much restriction–”off limits” foods often end up causing major cravings and guilt if/when you do finally indulge
- Ideas that some foods are “bad” and others are “good”, which again can cause guilt or feelings of failure if you don’t let go of all “bad” foods
Rather than going down that path, I’d encourage you to step back and think about your current eating habits WITHOUT JUDGEMENT!
Then maybe identify just ONE thing that you could try to focus on this week.
Think about starting small and gradually tweaking that one thing, leveling up your game over time.
So perhaps you never eat vegetables. Maybe your goal could be to add one serving of vegetables to one of your meals each day. That would be moving up one level.
Over time, perhaps you discover that you enjoy vegetables prepared certain ways and you add them to a second meal, thus moving up another level.
You can level up over time, gradually tweaking that one habit in a way that works for you, until all of the sudden you realize you are now a regular vegetable eater (and thus probably eat less sugar and/or processed food as a result, without even trying).
Sticking with this example, if you are already eating a lot of vegetables, this can still work for you. Maybe you level up by trying to eat a certain quantity with every meal and snack, as I and 40 clients did in December. We ate 200-300 grams of vegetables before every meal, striving to consume many different types, etc throughout the day.
Just about everyone who did this lost weight and had more energy, mostly from eating fewer processed sugars and carbs. (We had no room for them eating that many vegetables each day, lol!)
Anyway, the point is that wherever you are, you can always level up.
Think about one way that you can level up your nutrition this week!