How to Get Back on Track with Good Nutrition… A Personal Story
As much as I would love to say that I am one of those Personal Trainers/Bulletproof Coaches who eats perfectly balanced, all organic, healthy meals every day, I’d be lying. There are times when I want to eat loads of vegetables, cook healthy recipes, and take all my vitamins… There are also times when I want to eat delicious Mexican food, have a carby brunch, and not feel bad about it.
Like one of my friends has said, “There’s food for your health and food for your soul.” However, when my nutrition is lacking, it definitely shows in my day-to-day performance, mood, and energy levels (Although I will admit that I am more sensitive than the average person.). Therefore, I ALWAYS find myself strongly motivated to get back on track with good nutrition. I have a lot of things I want to do in life… I can’t have low-energy, and cravings holding me back!
Processed food, refined carbs, and sugary desserts are designed to make us always want more. It’s even been said that sugar is more addictive than cocaine! That’s why it’s so hard to go back to eating whole foods when you’ve been exposed to “soul foods” for a few days.
Four steps to Get Back on Track with Good Nutrition….
1. Start easy.
Ease back into healthy eating patterns by making it convenient. For example, buy pre-cut veggies instead of forcing yourself to chop them up. Get BPA-free canned fish instead of buying an uncooked piece. Once you’re back in the zone & seeing results, you’ll be more motivated to do more “extreme” things like sip bone broth.
2. Plan default meals.
Think of your top 3 favorite healthy meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) that you never get tired of. Stick with these “default meals” until your cravings for empty-nutrient food are dormant. You can start to switch up your daily routine when you no longer feel possessed by cravings and are feeling strong and healthy.
3. Eat more protein, especially in the morning.
How to get back on track with good nutrition when you’re feeling cravings? Consume more protein! It reduces cravings and desire for late night snacking. Some of my favorite sources of clean protein include Bulletproof Collagen Powder, Bulletproof Whey Protein, and pasture-raised eggs.
4. Don’t start your day with fruit or a lot of carbs.
Have you ever noticed that you’re hungry again within a few hours when you have a high carb, low protein, and low fat breakfast? Joy Post, one of the dietitians for BistroMD explains that high carb foods can lad to “hunger attacks” out of the blue.
You get into a vicious cycle– you eat carbs, your blood sugar levels rise, insulin rises in order to lower your blood sugar and a couple hours later you feel tired, because your blood sugar is too low and you need some carbs again… Therefore, if you’re trying to change your nutrition to feel more energetic, try replacing your breakfast oatmeal, muffin, or cereal with protein, non-starchy veggies, and/or healthy fats. Enjoy starchy veggies or complex carbs later in the day instead of first thing in the morning. Read why here.
How to Get Back on Track With Good Nutrition: A Final Word
Remember, there’s no such thing as “falling off the wagon.” There is only choices. Sometimes you choose food that enhances your health and sometimes you don’t. That doesn’t make you a good or bad person. But if you’re noticing that your food choices are impacting your performance and energy in a negative way, I hope these 4 steps help you feel better, improve your nutrition, and reclaim your vitality.
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