Please take a moment to congratulate some of the nutrition challenge participants for working hard over 7 weeks and as a result they are helping their Open teams, feeling stronger, and having a lot of PRs!
As I said at the beginning of the challenge, though, I did not want participants to eat well for 7 weeks and then give up on trying to eat well during the rest of the year!
So, what is next? How can you eat to fuel your life?
- Get more plant foods in your life. It is not about what you take out of your diet, it is about what you are putting in that matters!
- Get in more practice. Figuring out how to incorporate clean eating into your routine takes practice. It is like squat snatches, humbling at first, but doable with practice. Actually, clean eating is easier than squat snatches!
- Get recording. Logging your intake, either on paper or on the MyFitnessPal, the better you eat and the more knowledgeable you are about patterns in your intake.
- Get off the roller coaster. Weight loss followed by weight gain…again and again is tough on your body. Avoid processed food and you are on your way to better health.
- Get an accountability buddy. Tell a family member or friend that you are working to improve X (e.g., vegetable and fruit intake, packing your lunch, cooking dinner five nights per week, clean eating 5 of 7 days). Even better, entice your family or friend to try X too and lean on each other and hold each other accountable.
- Get to the why. Think about ‘why’ you want to eat better. If you do, you will set clearer eating goals and have a better vision of how to get there. A podcast that I recommend: https://iconathlete.com/vault/podcasts/) and scroll down to Kary Woodruff, part 2 podcast. If you have an iphone, search the Podcast App for Kary Woodruff, Icon Athlete Podcast, 10/26/16.
- Get real. Life isn’t all or nothing and your eating doesn’t need to be either. Start by setting a goal to eat clean X meals this week, then set the same or a new goal next week.
- Get over it! Ate a piece a cake? Move on. Worrying about what you ate or feeling guilty about it won’t help you reach your goal.
Happy and healthful eating,
Donna G. Pertel, MEd, RD, LDN
Ready to fuel your life? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.