I love how I feel when I am fueling my body with GOOD foods. You know the stuff that leaves you feeling energized instead of sluggish?
For me I can really tell the weeks I am flying by the seat of my pants, having more wine than I need, and letting a few “a little of this won’t hurt” things into the mix.
Good, healthy, nutritious food really makes a difference in how you feel, how you workout, the quality of your sleep, the brightness of your skin, and your ability to lose weight.
It’s not always easy to start eating healthy but it sure is worth it. And, it’s got a lot of room for interpretation! It’s not as black and white, chicken or pizza, broccoli or french fries as we like to make it out to be.
I have notice that eating for FUEL instead of entertainment has a terrible side effect when we are trying to lose weight.
It’s called “All or Nothing Thinking.” People are always asking me if I eat “bread” for lunch have I ruined all my hard work? They act as if eating frozen dinners, carbs, or a few baked chips is going to kill them.
My answer to this is NO. It doesn’t derail your diet. In the end, losing weight is about consuming less calories than you need each day. If you workout, eat slightly less than you need, you will lose weight.
Foods, in my world, have degrees. One of my coaches, Coach Kathleen, calls it good, better, best.
We have often have our clients make a list of their foods that fall into each category. Why? It will visually remind you of all the great choices you have! And, it gives you flexibility to have things that are easy.
Trust me, there’s NOTHING that will kill a diet quicker than being INFLEXIBLE. Some of you can white knuckle it for awhile until the dam breaks. What out! Binge city.
Here’s my strategies for mixing good, better, best fuel choices.
1. Try to only allow convenience foods about twice a day. These include bars and frozen dinners.
2. Make a list of acceptable-this-will-help-me-lose-weight foods. For me, I am OK with eating things like canned flavored tuna, Wheat Thins, Sugar Free Jello, frozen dinners, protein bars, and shakes. Things like this aren’t my GO TO foods but they help me keep things simple and out of the drive-thru.
3. Always combine a frozen dinner with a fresh veggie or a fruit. I love to keep fruit and easy to fix vegetables. I don’t mind having a frozen dinner but they are usually not enough food both in amount and nutrition density. Go for bulking it up the healthy way!
One of my favorite tips for people who like something sweet at night when they get hungry, try protein shakes instead of ice cream. You might need to try a few brands to find one you like. They are not all created equal.
Add things like cherries and spinach and it’s even better. Your body gets a load more nutrients and satisfaction for a similar amount of calories. Heck, you can even start trying a nice bowl of just fruit.
The key to losing weight is finding the lifestyle you can live with. Start with changes you can make today so you have a lifetime of health in front of you.