Here’s the part where I tell you that you DON’T need to count calories, macros, restrict yourself, or obsess over food anymore! Do you feel like a weight was just lifted off your shoulders?
For YEARS I was constantly starting over with a “diet” falling victim of the constant quick fixes. It had gotten so bad that at one point I was running 3 miles, lifting heavy weights, and playing volleyball while only consuming a fiber one bar the ENTIRE day until I got home at 9pm for dinner. Guess what? I didn’t have abs then!
Fast forward to 6 years ago when I started my current nutrition program, I had a shift in the way I seen the food I was consuming. I no longer felt deprived or like I was constantly thinking about food and what my next meal was going to be. Instead I was FUELING my body by learning how to correctly portion and make tiny tweaks to the foods I LOVED. I finally enjoyed eating and guess what? The abs came!
I wanted to share what a day in my nutrition looks like to hopefully show you that you can eat…a LOT, it can be super simple, and once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature.
For the last five years I haven’t had to consciously think about it. In fact, I don’t even use the containers anymore unless I’m trying to be SUPER precise, it’s part of my DNA now. I’ve got it on lock and YOU can too.
Let’s take a look….
Here’s some tips on getting your nutrition in check:
#1: Just like with everything in life, MINDSET is the key for your nutrition goals. First and foremost you have to STOP making promises to yourself if you are not going to keep them. When we break the promise we continue to lower our bar as to what we believe we are capable of. To raise that bar back up it takes consistency in accomplishments, AKA the promises to ourselves that we fulfill. So today I challenge you to NEVER break a promise to yourself again, maybe you’ve heard this before but TODAY is the day. Start by something small such as eating breakfast every day (for those of you that don’t eat it) OR drinking a certain amount of water each day for 30 days. Once you accomplish that move on and slowly build that commitment to yourself back up.
#2: If you have a food you love or you’re having a craving, take your favorite dish and choose the HEALTHY option for all the ingredients. Spaghetti? Whole wheat pasta, no sugar added sauce, and lean (93% and above) hamburger. DONE. Tacos? Corn tortillas (organic if possible), lean meat, and as much lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro that you can pile on. If you LOVE sour cream? Use plain greek yogurt. Anything with milk… use alternative milks (almond, coconut, oat etc) or greek yogurts for substitutions. See what I mean? SIMPLE.
#3: If you are cutting out a food group…you’re doing it WRONG (unless otherwise stated by your Dr. or you have some sort of allergy)!!! Your body needs the nutrients from ALL sources. You can’t cut out ALL carbs and it’s not sustainable to live off just veggies. Fruit and other sources of food is important, not only does it give you the nutrients but it’s natures candy. Your tastebuds probably don’t think it is very “sweet” if you’ve been fueling your body with junk but once you begin to retrain your pallet to healthy, unprocessed, wholesome food, you’ll find that foods can satisfy you so much more than candy, soda, or desserts.
Take it one step at a time, allow yourself to indulge without regret here and there, and just remember that it doesn’t have to be restrictive or over complicated. You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen meal prepping or eating chicken and broccoli for every meal.
As always if you’re ready to take it that one step further and REALLY learn about your nutrition and how to fuel your body send me an email at fitnesswithtaylor.com and let’s chat! I hope these small tips helped you feel a lot less pressure when it comes to nutrition and a whole lot more confident that you can do this too.
Xoxo, Taylor G.