You are what you eat

The journey to a healthy lifestyle invariably involves food. A good diet enhances exercise and a poor one erases it. There’s an entire industry devoted to telling you what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat- the list goes on and on. I previously wrote an article about how if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This tenet hold true when it comes to a healthy diet. It isn’t something that comes about easily, it takes effort and planning to see results. While eating well may not be the easiest option, the benefits are undoubtedly worth it.

If you’re new to this, I applaud you for making the decision to make a change. It will be a challenge to change your habits, so here are a few general tips that can make it a little easier.

First off, I highly recommend tracking what you eat for a week or so, just to see where you’re at. I use My Fitness Pal, which is a free app on my phone. You can input all types of food, adjust the serving size and even add in any exercise you did that day. Once you’ve completed this, you’ll be able to see where your problem areas are. For example, I tend to eat well for breakfast and lunch but snack a lot during the day, which adds up. Looking at your patterns can help determine where you can make changes.

Next, I would make time to sit down and plan out what I am going to eat for the next week or so. If it’s written down and right in front of you, it’s a lot easier to follow through. Make sure to include a variety of meal types, otherwise you might get bored of your meals. If you are able, you can also use this time to do some meal prep (slicing veggies, cooking meat, making sauces, etc.), which will save you time later in the week.

Finally, don’t be afraid to be flexible! If you really hate the taste of salmon, don’t continue making meals with salmon. There are so many different types of healthy meals out there, so there’s really no excuse when it comes to finding something enjoyable. Additionally, don’t become discouraged if you have a few bad days. You can’t change everything overnight, and I can almost guarantee that there will be times where you completely throw the plans out the window and indulge. The important thing is that you keep working at it, and if you are consistent, you will see and feel a difference.

Written by Jenny Beuschel, 2016 Fitness Ambassador