Your Body Is A Machine
Growing up, my father used to tell me “your body is a machine”. You see, I come from an extremely athletic and health conscientious family. My brother and I were taught at a young age that our athletic performance was not just about training hard but also eating the right things. I began developing the mindset that if I ate well and trained hard, I would live a healthy life. I have played soccer, softball and rode horses. I have swam, skied and snowboarded my entire life. My brother wrestled, played football and lacrosse. All of these sports were extremely demanding on our bodies but we learned that performance and recovery depended largely on what was put into our bodies. Stephanie Walsh, a Medical Director, explains “Food is fuel for our bodies, just like gas is for our car. If we put bad fuel in our car, the engine won’t work right—just like if we put unhealthy foods in our bodies.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, eating healthy 24/7 isn’t natural. Sometimes, we want to indulge in some ice cream and cupcakes! And that is OKAY!
Eating healthy and making healthy simple choices is a marathon, not a sprint. The key to success in eating healthy and treating your body right all stems from making healthy, simple and obtainable short-term goals that become a routine and lifestyle. Eventually, you can push yourself with more long term goals such as running a marathon, keeping weight off or just going for a walk every day. Making short term goals will be much easier than creating goals that are too wide stretched, difficult and too far long in the future that you will most likely experience binging. Trust me, it happens to the best of us.
Binging, quitting, or telling yourself “I’ll start tomorrow” happens when you want results FAST, overnight and make non sustainable goals. You might eat super strict and “healthy” for weeks and then binge days on end because you cannot maintain, thus making it more difficult to get back into a routine. Instead, creating short, obtainable, challenging but not impossible, goals you can achieve daily will help eliminate the urge to binge or quit!
For example, instead of eating an entire bowl of pasta, cut it in half and replace the other half with a healthy salad or vegetable. If you cut your portions in half and replace them with a health alternative, that is an obtainable daily goal. You’re not being put on a strict diet that can cause crashes or binging. Instead, you’re portion controlling but able to still eat what you desire…only, you cut it in half! Or, instead of going out every night on the weekend, indulging on beer and buffalo wings, go one time a week! You have to take CARE of your body just as you would a car. Polish it, clean it, and run it on the best fuel with healthy choices.
And yes, I made that healthy food pictured above. It is chia seeds, greek yogurt, cut up bananas and apples, granola and hemp hearts! My fiance Jon loved it and he’s naturally a Stouffer’s Creative Comforts type of man! I was surprised he enjoyed it and said he’d be willing to try something healthy again the next morning 🙂 Ahh, goal completed!
Below are examples of Whole Foods (video) and of S.M.A.R.T. method goals. Enjoy!
1) Don’t Skip Breakfast! Try and eat a healthy, wholesome breakfast this week that has all of the food groups
2) Try to add green, leafy veggies to each meal
3) Go for a short walk 10-15 minutes 3x a week
4) Manage weight by cutting down portion sizes
5) Drink a full glass of water with each meal
Disclaimer- The materials provided above are informational advice and should not be relied upon. Always consult your physician before starting any diet or exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional.