The other day, I wrote a blog about how consistent commitment to behaving in a way an active person does is the difference between being active and trying to be active.
The same works when it comes to nutrition.
If I had a quarter for every time I've heard, "I'm trying to eat healthy," or my all time favorite, "I'm trying to limit my carbs," I may be writing this blog from some tropical paradise. But, I digress.
If we want to be healthy, we eat healthy. It isn't something we try out, stop, and then start again. We aren't adhering to temporary rules or following a set meal plan. We certainly aren't going to eliminate macro nutrients, like carbohydrates, from our diets!
Restrictive diets, unless prescribed by an actual medical professional and used to treat actual medical conditions, are unhealthy. What's more? Anyone given a list of forbidden or approved foods and told to stick to them is probably going to get grumpy and most likely going to end up rebelling.
Vacations happen. Birthdays, holidays, special occasions. How many of these are accompanied with calorie-rich dishes, drinks, or special treats? It doesn't mean you have to tote plastic containers filled with veggies and hummus in order to participate and still be healthy. In fact, don't be that guy. That guy is sending the inaccurate and unhelpful message to others that this anti-social behavior is what is required to be healthy. This is false.
Healthy people I know aren't bound by rules. They are inspired by habits.
Whenever I am working with nutrition coaching students, I find it can take months, even years, before they stop referring to being "on plan" or veering "off plan" when it comes to specific food choices. Of course, planning meals is a strategy best employed by busy families bound by tight schedules. I do not wish to discount that much. At least I know I want to avoid the unhealthy and fattening convenience food options found in the drive-thru or gas station when hunger strikes. Does it mean I may never resort to a fast food stop? No. I mean, shit happens. But when you are a healthy person, in touch with your body and how it responds to food, you know that the shit-happens food choices make you feel like shit. So you have habits or strategies to avoid the shit.
Just as the neatnik in my illustration the other day didn't just wake up one day to a tidy home, the result of being a healthy eater comes from consistent practice of healthy habits. This is why our nutrition coaching program doesn't include lists or plans, but instead focuses on the mindset and creation of habits that lead to lasting health.
But when are you ready to make changes? It has nothing to do with motivation. You just do!
Disclaimer: Fit Club is not a medical doctor and the information contained herein should not be taken as medical advice. These are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem. Recommendations by Fit Club are not intended to replace the advice of a physician or health professional. Please consult your physician or a health professional before beginning any diet or exercise program.