You can’t out exercise a bad diet. Those words cannot be any truer. Being that I hated exercising to begin with, I was in a lose-lose situation with my terrible eating habits. A couple of weeks ago I touched on my fitness journey back in 2015 and how I plan to work even harder this year to become a healthier person. This week I wanted to discuss what’s on my plate.
While I am by no means a nutritionist or diet expert, I am willing to share with my readers what I have done and what has worked for me. An integral part of any fitness plan is cleaning out the pantry and getting your nutrition game in tip-top shape.
A problem that I always faced is that I was a chronic crash dieter. I was always trying to figure out a way to lose a quick 10 or 20 instead of learning how to eat properly. I no longer diet. I also no longer deprive myself of what I like. I believe in the 80/20 system which you can find a plethora of information about online. But to sum it up, it’s eating clean and nourishing foods 80% of the time and indulging in your favorite things 20% of the time.
This works for me because the more I restricted myself from having my treats, the most likely I would binge on them. It’s all about balance and I continue to work on that every day. I find that eating smaller meals (4-5) throughout the day works best for me as it helps keep me energized. Hydration is important as well. Drink lots of water and make it fun by infusing your water with various fruits.
As far as what I like to eat 80% of the time, I gravitate towards healthy fats, lean proteins and vegetables that are high in fiber. You can find handy Pinterest guides with grocery shopping lists of these food groups as well as awesome recipes to make it all taste delicious. Ultimately, whatever healthy plan you choose on your journey, the biggest key is consistency. Sometimes that can be a little tricky. So next week I’ll discuss what I do when something throws me off plan. Let me know what’s in your shopping cart in the comments!
Peace & Love,