I meet people like you every day. You count your calories and weight your macros. You only eat foods that are fat free, sugar free, low fat or fat free. You avoid cholesterol like the plague. You eat wheat bread instead of white bread. You might even be gluten free. You do cardio for an hour every day, sometimes twice a day. You think you’re doing everything right, but you just can’t seem to lose the weight or reach your health goals. You’re frustrated and unhappy.
I know you, because I was you almost 6 years ago. Today, I don’t count my calories, I NEVER weigh myself unless I’m at the doctor, I don’t ever worry about my macros, I eat plenty of good fats, I eat three WHOLE eggs most mornings (yes I eat the yolk, and you should too), and I also work out less than I ever have. I’ve not only been able to maintain a healthy weight over the last 5 years, even through pregnancy, but I’ve have enjoyed numerous other health benefits as well including clearer skin, better digestion and better sleep! I want this for you too, but you might have to let go of some old ways of thinking. This sometimes takes time, I understand, but it is time that you learn and admit that most marketing is not out to better your health, but rather to make a profit and they know just the right words to draw you in and make you think you are making a healthier choice. Don’t be fooled.
Eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle is much more simple than we make it out to be. We must get back to the basics and learn to block out all the extra marketing and fluff that tries to distract us and confuse us. Learning how to read a label is a great thing, but choosing foods with no label is far better. Think fresh vegetables and fruits and grass fed, wild caught and pastured animal meats, ideally all this sourced locally and seasonally. See my last post for more specific examples and where you can source high quality meats locally in Powderly Texas!
As far as the rest of it goes, because your health is so much more than just what you eat, you will do well to incorporate the following into your weekly routine:
- Aim for at least 8-9 hours of sleep a night ideally in bed by 10 pm
- Exercise appropriately. More/higher intensity is not always better.
- Manage your stress: find time to do something that brings you life weekly, call a friend to process, journal, pray, listen to music, go on a walk, take a hot bath Epsom salt bath
These things are just as important as what you eat and just as vital to your health. Don’t ignore them.
For coaching and accountability in making a healthy lifestyle change, you can always set up a free 30 minute consultation with me via my website at www.holisticallyfed.com to see if we would be a good fit for one another.
Until next week, best in health.