Healthy eating for the purpose of getting lean, shedding off those pounds or just getting healthy is the way to go. And you know it.
But healthy eating like you know you should can be a frustrating challenge.
You have to know:
- What to eat that will get you the results you want
- You need to cut back on all your vices you know are standing in your way
- You need to know how many calories you can eat (Myth. More on that later)
- You need self control, will power and discipline
What if I told you that there’s a way to adopt the best diet of your life that will transform your body inside out without the obstacles listed above.
You see, a lot of the obstacles to healthy eating I mentioned are not actually as much of a problem as you think they are. In fact, one of them is a complete myth and waste of time. And that would be the one that has you constantly counting how many calories are coming in and whether or not your eating too many.
So let me bust this myth right now!
Your caloric intake is no where near as important as the quality of nutrients you ingest. You could be eating well within your recommended caloric intake but…
if your not getting the right nutrients,
if your not getting all your amino acids and protein,
if your not getting the right fats
and if your diet is low on carbs, your body will actually be a less effective fat burning machine.
You could be consuming less calories but that does not mean you’re eating healthy.
There are 3 ways to making eating unbelievably healthy unbelievably easy.
Enjoy healthy food like you enjoy bad food
Do you know that everything you love to eat and drink, you actually learned to.
Let me ask you, what was your first experience of coffee? Or how was your first tate of beer? Did say to yourself, “Yummy, that’s tastie”. If you remember back to your very first sip you probably wanted to spit it out because it was bitter. But over time and with social influence, you grew to like the taste of beer, coffee, whiskey or any other food or beverage.
You can use the same acquired taste to learn to appreciate healthy and nutritious foods. It takes some time to develop your buds like it did since your first time drinking beer but if you can get the same level of appreciation for good, clean healthy foods, you’re going to actually crave them.
Think about that for a moment.
DON”T cut out food that you love
This sounds counter intuitive but the reason people fall off the wagon when dieting or trying to eat better is because they make anything they eat the devil.
What you resist persists.
By telling yourself, “I’m going to stop eating fries” or “That’s it! No more sugar for me.” your actually creating resistance in yourself and resistance takes up will power.
In fact, studies have shown that will power is measurable and the less will power you have, the harder it is to get yourself to eat the right foods and stop eating the wrong foods. So why set yourself up to lose from the start?
Here’s how to win.
It’s much more effective to save your energy and attention on eating healthy food than it is on not eating junk food.
You like you fries and ice cream? I say, go for it. But while you get to still enjoy that, also look for ways to integrate good, healthy nutritious meals in your day and maybe even look for healthier versions of the foods you love.
Eat what you love but also learn to love better food.
Experience food fully
How do you experience food? is it all about the taste?
The way to fully experience and enjoy food is to pay attention on all your senses during and after you ingest it.
Firstly, to enjoy eating healthy, don’t limit your focus to how it tastes. Use texture, smell and sight to influence your experience.
If you want to really enjoy a salad (the dish that many find boring) don’t just throw some vegetables in a bowl. Add something that gives it texture like seeds and nuts, pick your favorite dressing, use as many colors as possible and add a good protein source.
Secondly, how does that food feel after? How do you feel hours after? Do you feel fresh and clear or are you bloated and foggy? Are you energized or are you feeling sluggish? How does what you eat feel like in your stomach?
Use your body’s feedback of the experience of what you eat to tell you if its good for you.
The experience of food extends way past your taste buds and its invaluable to pay attention to how your experiencing it later down the track.
Eating healthy so that you can have the best chance possible to cultivate the body you dream of is totally doable and a lot easier than you think.
Don’t just go on diets that last a week or a month only to get temporary results. Integrate a way of eating so that you never have to go on a diet again.
Inspired by fitness,
Founder of FitnessAces.com