You are what you eat.
I love when I am on a role with eating well. It makes me feel good. I am happier, more energized, have more focus and clarity. I feel strong. I feel confident. I feel good.
Notice that not one of those statements revolved around how much I weighed or what size my pants were. It is all about how I feel.
Look, I am sure some people are going to say… “easy for you to say”. I get it. It is really easy to hear someone else say something, be living a certain way, feeling a certain way. If you’re anything like I used to be, you’re probably saying… I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. I don’t have time to workout. Eating healthy is too expense.
I am here to tell you that I used to be about 60 pounds heavier than I am today (and yes that was when I was pregnant but no that is not what I am referring to). I struggled with my weight for years before that. I tried every diet and every diet pill. I was obsessive with the scale, my jean size and always the latest fad diet. I hated my body. I was extremely self conscious. For years, this was my struggle.
So what changed? What is the secret? The secret is, like so many other things in life, there is no secret. I learned to fill up with foods that were good for me. I learned to STOP DEPRIVING MYSELF OF THE THINGS I LOVED! Slowly I learned to tune in to my body, listen to what it actually needed and I also challenged myself on what it didn’t need. Every person and body has different food needs. I started to look at food differently. I stopped dieting.
Notice what you are eating and why. If you are eating to fill a void, what is that void? If you are eating just to get through your day because you are so busy, are you eating healthy living food or are you swinging through McDonalds because you don’t have time (WRONG ANSWER!), are you stress eating when you could go exercise (one of the best known stress releasers). Are you stress drinking that then leads to lots of snacking??
Changing your relationship with food isn’t easy. Losing that weight forever is a change in habit, change in how you look at and appreciate your food. Stop depriving yourself of the things you love. Make it easy because all of these diets are so unnecessarily complicated. Eat to fuel your body. Eat good food 80% of the time and give yourself a cheat day. After your cheat day, get back to eating healthy foods. Those days are the hardest. It is like getting your ass out of bed on Monday morning for the early workout class. Fuck it’s hard but my advice? Don’t think about it, just do it!