Happy Monday everyone!
How good do those bacon cheese fries look to you right now? Did you overindulge this weekend? I'll admit it, I ate a few too many tortilla chips with cheese. Yes, that might slow me down on my progress towards my goals a bit but I'm ok with that. I'm all about moderation, not deprivation. However, the fastest way to undue a great workout is poor eating habits.
And the word habit is key here. We develop eating habits over the years and it can be hard to retrain ourselves to think differently and break those habits. But remember, they are HABITS that trick your body into thinking you're hungry when you're really not and they contribute to those unhealthy eating habits that prevent us from reaching our goals.
Don't get me wrong, almost no one is perfect in their eating habits and it's ok once in a while to treat yourself as long as you know how that will impact your goals. I believe in all things in moderation. Maybe you just have a few cheese fries instead of the entire plate? Depriving ourselves makes eating right feel hard. However, I can tell you from experience, the more you eat the right foods, the less you crave the wrong foods. It takes about three weeks to build new habits. And, filling your body with proper nutrients (like Shakeology) you'll have less cravings for junk food. Personally, when I'm drinking Shakeology every day, I crave salads more than french fries. If you ever told me that was going to happen, I would have thought you'd been hit on the head!
Most of us struggle with food choices and eating habits. Remember, it's a habit. It's important that when we feel hungry, we determine the cause for these feelings. So, when you feel hungry, HALT for a minute and assess the reasons.
When you're truly HUNGRY, your blood sugar is low and your stomach is empty. You should eat a well balanced meal. Be sure to eat slowly and let your brain catch up to your stomach and realize when you're full. It takes at least 10 minutes for us to feel full after our stomach is actually full. Drink more water, it fills up space in your stomach and causes you to eat less. Also, start with your veggies or a salad. Fill up on the good for you stuff first.
Some people eat when they're ANGRY or frustrated. Food may be your go to stress reliever. Learn to recognize when these feelings might be prompting you to eat. Instead of reaching for that snack, go workout. You'll feel way better and won't have that after binging guilt. Worked out and still need some stress relief? Call a friend or family member and vent. Or take a shower after that workout to relax and reset.
Others eat because they're LONELY, bored or sad. That food might make you feel better for a few minutes but you'll probably feel worse and beat yourself up for eating later. Reach out to a friend of family member to remind herself you're not alone. If you're not looking to talk to someone, you can just remind yourself of all the blessings and people you have in your life who love you. Go through the list. Still not working, distract yourself with a good book or tv show.
Or maybe your thing is that you're TIRED. Food gives you energy right? Yes, but probably not the food you're craving. Our bodies crave sugar when we're tired so be sure to get enough sleep! So, instead of putting that food in your mouth, take a nap or go to bed early.
Below is a chart for your easy reference and reminder to think before you eat. And always remember, you're not alone in this. You've got a support system and that includes God, friends, family and your Beachbody coach. Reach out for help and encouragement when you're struggling. Start or start over today!