The cost of getting lean: is it worth it?
When you think about the diets that are marketed to the masses these days, many come across as "eating healthy". Or, perhaps they boldly read that "this is not a diet, it's a lifestyle."
2. Create a positive food environment - stock your kitchen with everything you need to prepare wholesome foods at home and store leftovers in Tupperware. And don't forget the foods that you want to eat as well. I recommend to shop every 3-4 days when you are transitioning to a more real food diet so that you do not overwhelm yourself with a lot of produce and then find yourself throwing it out after 7 days. Think of what you can keep in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer for easy and healthy meal prep.
4. Rethink your plate - I'm all about a plant strong plate. You can pick your protein choice. Fill up your plate with fresh foods, packed with vitamins and minerals. Your plate should never limit fats, carbs or protein so find a way to create that beautiful plate that leaves you satisfied and feeling great about your meals. If you can't do this on your own, have a dietitian who specializes in sport nutrition help you plan your diet to support your active lifestyle and health goals.
5. Get in the kitchen! Do I even need to give you a reason as to why you should cook more? Don't find the time to cook, make the time.
6. Give it time - Don't expect to change everything overnight. Focus on a few changes every 1-2 weeks so you can make that lifestyle change. Be sure to have a strong, supportive team around you who will keep you motivated and inspired to learn how to eat for fuel and for health. Also keep in mind that even though you may find yourself questioning your new or improved eating habits, your diet is created by you and for you. You have your reason for your dietary changes and you are making these changes for the right reasons. You are not chasing a body image or wanting a quick fix but instead, you are taking the time to make a lifestyle change. Enjoy this wonderful journey that you are taking your body on as you learn how to eat for fuel and for health AND how to develop a great relationship with food and your body.