By: Maegan Lovell
The end of the year is coming up and New Years’ resolutions are looming. Pressure is starting to build and expectations will be set at unachievable levels. Before you set your sights on the bikini or Speedo you promised yourself you’d fit into for #SpringBreak2019, let’s focus on some realities of nutrition and coming to terms with the body you live in.
Crash Dieting Does NOT Work
Read that and then read it again. If you deprive your body of the fuel it needs to function, you are going to lower your blood sugar and you are going to binge, and likely it will be something bad for you. You will then feel terrible and thus the cycle repeats. Think of food as fuel for the beautiful machine you get to live in and put all of the necessary components into it (yes that means carbs AND fats). That means eat less CRAP and eat more FOOD.
Exercise to CELEBRATE Your Body, Not Punish It
This is a lot easier said than done. So much of nutrition involves using the fuel you’ve put in your body to celebrate the gift that is your body with movement! Dragging ourselves to the gym and running on the treadmill when we hate it is not sustainable. If an exercise is boring, don’t do it just because you feel like you should! Find something that fills you with joy and do that. Love tennis? Grab a friend and head to your local park; it doesn’t have to be professional and you certainly don’t need fancy equipment (Ahem, Goodwill anyone?). Something as simple as a 15 minute cell-phone free walk in the morning WILL change your entire day.
Eat To Fuel Your Body, NOT Your Emotions
Hi, Emotional Eater here, telling you we are NOT dogs who deserve food as a reward for training. We are human beings who go through a whirlwind of emotions every day. At the end of the day, we will feel 100% better if we are eating sustainable, balanced meals instead of snacking on junk food that doesn’t satisfy us or our bodies.
Be Aware Of How You Talk To Your Body
Think about what it would be like if you talked to yourself the way you would talk to a small child. Would you still say or think some of the things you do now? If the answer is no, reevaluate the thoughts you allow yourself to have. Our inner monologue becomes what we believe, and when we think positively and celebrate all that our bodies do for us rather than criticize little imperfections, we are creating a breeding ground for more positivity.
The Only Person Responsible For Taking Care of You is YOU
No more excuses. If you take the steps to care for your body, you will immediately notice the effects. Put good in, get good out is applicable in nutrition, the thoughts you have about your body, and the exercises you do (or don’t do) every day. Stop finding excuses and show up for yourself every single day.
Using the New Year as a starting point isn’t necessary - you have the tools to start right now and you are worth making the changes. The fact of the matter is that we have to spend the rest of our lives living in these bodies. This is the body you get. Care for it, celebrate it, and love it well, and I promise it will reciprocate.