What should I eat? How often should I eat? How much should I eat? Can I eat this? Is this a good snack for me?
These questions are part of everyday conversations with my clients. It’d be so simple if the answers were cut and dry. But they are not. Nutrition is a tricky topic. Every BODY is different. Lifestyles are different. Our likes and dislikes vary. And to be quite honest, I am a personal trainer. I am certified and knowledgeable in several different aspects of physical fitness. I am not, however, a certified nutritionist or dietician. It is officially out of the scope of my practice to provide unique and specific recommendations and meal plans.
What I CAN do, legally, and based on my knowledge is to have nutritional conversations. Ask questions like: Did you have breakfast today? What nutritional plans have worked for you in the past, what has not?
I inquire about daily habits.
And then, together we can find ways to improve these eating patterns.
Just like developing healthy exercise habits is essential, establishing Healthy Eating Patterns is also key.
There is no magic pill. Just being honest. Weight loss, gaining muscle mass, and being a generally fit human being doesn’t just happen. It takes work. Awareness about where you are currently, setting goals about where you want to be, then having the dedication and intrinsic motivation to keep going is your starting point!
This may not sound sexy. I get it. But it’s life, and that’s what we are living. Personally, I think it’s super sexy to invest time and effort in yourself… to be intrinsically motivated to take action to be healthy, fit and live a great life!
Keeping a food journal is a great way to really see your eating patterns. Tracking your activity is also a great way to see where your current activity level is. Then after a week or two, you can evaluate what changes you can make to help you reach your goals! My Fitness Pal is one of many excellent ways to track your food and Fitbit is an awesome way to track your daily activity.
I write this to remind you that you are in control of your health and well-being. If you take this time for yourself, you will reap the benefits and so will those around you. I can promise you that.