If you had to grade yourself today – right now! – on your eating and nutrition skills, would you get an A, B, C … or …?
(haha: I’m talking about “healthy” eating here, for the record.)
Most of us think of eating/nutrition as something we should just automatically KNOW about … or we even label them as virtues.
EXAMPLE: I can’t even count how many times clients have told me they have been “good” or “bad” when it comes to food.
But there really ARE skills involved – things like meal planning, grocery shopping, meal prep (aka cooking!), knowing which foods fill you up, which ones make you feel hungry, etc.
Understanding portion sizes is also a skill.
Some of us were never taught these things growing up! Or we’ve been taught so many conflicting things, it’s hard to know WHAT to believe.
Focusing on building these skills is a GREAT mindset switch.
It is empowering (vs. restricting) because it’s not about deprivation – it’s about creating a healthy and fit lifestyle that you actually enjoy.
A few more learnable skills (obviously this depends on your goals & lifestyle):
- Finding 3-4 breakfast options that taste great and keep you filled up till lunchtime
- Knowing how to meal prep during busy weeks
- Protein: understanding how to make sure you’re getting enough for your goals
- Veggies: finding ways to work them into your meals (most of us don’t eat enough of them!)
- Getting great at once-weekly grocery shopping (& streamlining it so you can get in and out fast)
- Discovering snacks that satisfy you AND don’t derail your progress
Taking time to master these kinds of skills will move you closer to your goals … and give you a foundation that will last you a lifetime.
Just something to think about!
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Did you know that how we think about what we eat – i.e., “healthy” or “diet” or “low cal” “small portion” or “large portion” – can actually play a role in how hungry we get?
As the holidays are now in full swing, in order to help you celebrate but STILL stay on track with your goals …
I’ve got a quick list of healthy swaps – and my #1 swap might even come in handy today!
Over the years, I’ve had tons of clients tell me they were going to take the holidays off from their workouts and they’d see me again in January. And then in January, they said they wished they hadn’t taken the break!
They felt like they were starting over again.
I came across a pretty cool study I wanted to share with you because it’s really important this time of year.
The study was published in the Journal of Health Communication. In it, researchers tracked 704 people in an online weight-loss program.