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Okay this isn’t going to surprise you! Many people struggle with their eating habits! I hear reports of it being due to today’s modern society and the requirements of most of us to sit around for hours at a time for work, snacking on junk food at our desks, in highly stressed, & pressured environments. I concur many of you do face this day to day dilemma, and its less than optimal. However you still have the opportunity to make wiser, healthier, more metabolically advantageous food choices. Hitting up the vending machine and devouring chocolate bars, bags of lollies & potato chips, and the good old energy drinks isn’t forced on you, that’s a lifestyle choice, isn’t it?
Yes you have to eat, I agree totally. We said eat, nourish and fuel, not freaking poison yourself! :-(
What you eat is your choice, and you have to pay the consequences (Are you prepared to do so, really?).
Despite this, there are plenty of healthy eaters out there who strive to put only the best and most nutritious foods into their body, and yes you find them in the same highly stressed, pressured work environment as yourself. They simply choose different, they form their own normal!
For the most part, these people are admired as much as they’re scorned for their dedication to healthy living & healthy eating.(Look at him eating his tuna and salad again, he thinks he is so good, or this one; don’t bother asking her she has her protein drink, nuts and apple, she is too good for us! What is with that BS talk, some people do take pride and respect the greatest gift ever presented to us health!)
However, you don’t have to look down your nose at those healthy eaters if you don’t want to. In fact, there are many sound ways to join the world of the so-called healthy eaters and start investing in your own health and wellbeing, performance and body shape. So what is required at your end to do so? You simply have to learn what they’re doing that makes them better than you in regards to this healthy eating/lifestyle gig & then tailor some of these upcoming success strategies or tactics to have you in control and motoring towards a lifestyle that provides you more energy, greater performance, more mental clarity, and yes, a completely different body shape!
So lets take a look at what these healthy eaters do to become the success stories they are, and you want to emulate:
Eat more high class proteins:
While it may seem counter-intuitive for healthy eating to involve increasing the amount of food you’re eating instead of reducing it (if weight loss and fat loss are desired), however there are occasions that increasing the amount of certain food types in your diet can have a positive effect. In fact, one of the most beneficial types of foods that you should eat in regular amounts is protein foods.
Protein is one of the most important building blocks for your body. It contains the raw amino acids (building blocks) used to create muscle tissue, strengthen bones, help regulate your blood pressure, support immunity, just to name a few things.
But for those of us who are more intrigued by the scales, and body shape more importantly (body composition – body fat%/lean muscle mass), it also plays a major role in keeping your metabolismsupercharged. If you’re not eating enough protein, you’re likely suffering from a metabolic rate that’s slower than it could be. This means that your body burns fewer calories at rest than someone with a higher-protein diet, picture this (the little Daewoo Matiz car vs. the V8 supercharged big banger engine. The V8 simply burns fuel like you wouldn’t believe, that’s what you should be trying to emulate with your metabolism).
One of the best ways to incorporate more protein into your diet is to toss out the cereal bowl in the morning and have an egg or two instead. Cereal first thing in the morning is one of the worst ways to begin your day – especially thanks to its highly-refined carbohydrate content – & eating eggs instead will provide your body with the protein it needs to get going in the morning, in addition to all the other beneficial nutrients that are housed in an egg break-fast.
If you can’t eat eggs for whatever reason, there are many other protein sources you can substitute in order to get that healthy boost to start your day, like good quality natural yoghurt, and heaven forbids meats (beef, lamb, pork, kangaroo, salmon, trout, herring, sardines, mackerel) and nuts (almonds, macadamia, walnuts, brazil nuts)! Yes there is NO written rule that cereal toast, juice and jam is a breakfast, its just a nail in your grave! :-(
As a very general rule the lovely ladies may like to start with eating a good quality protein that is roughly 20-30g in total, and the men in the area of 40-60g 2-4 times a day. (Again this is simply a starting point, not gospel), and needs to evolve as you do!
They control their carbohydrate intake; they don’t eliminate them and scorn them!
So you have read it many times over from many of the diet gurus and experts: eliminate or reduce as many carbohydrates as you can as they are the real reason you are fat, frumpy, fatigued, and frustrated, and overweight. However the truth is that healthy eaters on the most part include carbohydrates in a well-balanced and nutrient rich eating regime. Instead, healthy eaters tend to reduce the amount of refined, human interfered with carbohydrates they eat and then replace them instead with ones that are supplied form mother natures pharmacy! Yes healthy eaters use a controlled carbohydrate-eating regime, which works for them in their body transformation goals! They understand the mantra of: what you eat, when you eat it, and why they are eating it!
And yes, there are carbs that will aid in you changing your body shape in a great way (have you looking tight toned and yummy) and there are the carbohydrates that well will also have you changing your body shape (but not in the way you would be hoping :-(. The less than optimal carbohydrates take the form of sugar and foods rich in refined carbs. The nutritional value of these carbohydrates is low, have little in the way of fiber in them, and have been linked to overeating in several studies (and you absorb most of the calories stored in them so making so very easy to gain weight :-(. More fibrous plant based (NON HI -Human interfered) carbohydrates, such as those found in fruits, vegetables, and starchy foods like pumpkin and sweet potato’s are a much better choice in the long run. Healthy eaters know this will help them make a choice to avoid foods with high levels of refined sugar in them. (DID YOU KNOW: that you absorb less of the energy stored in the NON HI foods due to all its fibre? So you get to eat plenty, stay satisfied, and can still burn body fat! Cool, yes!) :-)
So its time to make friends with SALAD! Yes you can, and yes you should! Nourish don’t punish, mother natures on your side! Man simply CANNOT out smart her!
Pillage, purge and replace! The true success strategy!
There’s much more than the physical act of choosing foods that are more nourishing and less punishing for you when it comes to finally breaking the ups and downs of dieting for life, and finally breaking those shakels and learning to build relationships with food that are sound, safe and sustainable.
In fact, the successful “nourishes not punishers” live their lives in such a way that everything they do reinforces their nourishment choices in such a way that makes it less of a choice and more of just a lifestyle habit, or behaviour built over weeks, months, years, & even decades! They understand the importance of choosing to invest in the most nutrient rich food sources that will provide them optimum performance, health and physique!
These successful people do this by making their food choices normal and convenient for them; yes its simply about consistency and persistency! Think about how most people try to eat in a healthier manner (its called dieting): they will do well for a few days or weeks but soon enough they fail and slip back into their old ways simply because it’s not convenient for them to make healthier choices and because it’s something that they consider not their normal way of life, its still a chore! Yes they are dieting! They have not built a process that works for them, they have just tried to copy, follow, or implement someone else’s choices, this is a huge error!
If you truly want to form habits, change attitudes, and build behaviours and convenience into your eating habits, it all starts at home! You need clarity, and you need to consolidate! Of course that is if you want to be successful! :-)
Instead of hiding the healthier food choices in out of the way places in your kitchen, like hiding seeds and nuts on a high cupboard shelf or putting those fruits and vegetables in the crisper drawer in your refrigerator behind the open biscuits, keep them out and in the open – and more importantly, ensure they’re easily accessible. Fruit in a bowl on your kitchen or dining room table is in easy reach if you want a snack, and if every time you open your refrigerator door you’re greeted with green veggies and other healthy choices it will become easier to eat healthier; it will also become your new normal, and after a few weeks or months that success habit is formed, you take control. It’s because you have built the environment that allows this to happen. It’s not luck, or will power, its strategy, tactics; it’s your new normal! :-)
It’s all about your environment. If the environment your in challenges you, temps you, has you that anxious to walk past the pantry just in case your attacked somehow by those Tim Tams, then its simply a matter of time before you give in, and devour those unreasonable friends. So it’s not a matter of if, but when you capitulate and then fall into that downward spiral once more. Sound familiar? :-(
Yes the diet vicious circle of deprivation, starvation, depletion, & will power only to fail and fall aimlessly out of control once more! OUCH! :-(
Again, does this all sound to familiar?
So the secret is this: remove the temptation, and replace with friends! Yes those foods that you simply have no control over (highly refined carbohydrates, refined sugars, high fat/sugar bliss point foods) its time to kick to the kerb, and replace with those foods that will provide you with the results that will have you feeling great, performing brilliant, and looking like the person you want to be!
You have to eat don’t you?
So only have the things within your circle of influence that carry you towards your success, your goals, and reconnecting with life, for good!
Yes its time to pillage the fridge, purge the pantry and replace with high-octane performance fuels (that’s food by the way) that align you to your dreams and goals!
Now that sounds like priceless information to me. Are you willing to take action and join the healthier eaters and become a success story of your own? Your choice as always!
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