Do you struggle with healthy eating…because you’re not quite sure what that looks like?
Well you are not alone. Feeling lost and not knowing where to start is something that prevents many people from achieving the results they want. Every day, thousands of people make the decision that today is the day they will start eating healthier...and every day people fail to get past this first step because they don’t have any plan or any confidence in what they’re doing.
If you’re looking to lose weight, eat healthier, have more energy and feel better, it really comes down to a few simple steps:
1. Just eat REAL food
2. Eat less calories
3. Don't drink your calories
I get it, following these simple rules is far easier said, than done. Heck, if it was easy we would all look like supermodels! But its not that easy. Its a vicious cycle; we restrict ourselves, we eat low-fat diet food that leaves us feeling hungry and cranky and miserable, and yet we STILL don’t see the number on the scale get lower.
I get it and that's why I have made it my mission to help as many women as possible to learn how to eat well and look AMAZING while still enjoying their favourite foods.
So let's get down to part one of my healthy eating tips:
1. EAT REAL FOOD
Or in other words "stop eating like an asshole". We all know what real food is - whole, natural, unprocessed food just like our ancestors ate before McDonald's came along! Put it like this - if it grew in the ground, on a tree, came from the sea, ran on the land, or flew through the air, then its probably good for you! Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts are all great examples of REAL food. So your first task is to eat MORE of these and less processed foods (you know those ones - the foods that have an ingredients list longer than the cast list for Game of Thrones).
2. KNOW YOUR WHY
WHY are you doing this? WHAT is your end goal? It is impossible to stay committed and determined to do ANYTHING unless you know your “WHY”. So take a moment now to think about WHY you want to make this change, now write it down and put it somewhere visible. When you have a clear goal and reason for doing something, then you will find a way to make it happen. This is the biggest thing that helped me through my 15kg weight loss, and ensured I was able to sustain it for years to come. I always reminded myself of my WHY (which by the way was to simply "feel happy and healthy in my body, and never have to diet again")
3. MAKE SMALL CHANGES
To make real and lasting change you have to change your habits and that takes TIME. Don't try to change everything at one, that is a recipe for disaster and you will end up hating the process and giving up. Make small changes and repeat them day after day. Start with something like cutting down from say having a coke zero everyday to once a week, or swapping out refined carbs such as bread and cereal for more natural foods like oats, rice, sweet potato.
This is a HUGE part of my 1-on-1 Macro Coaching Program – working closely with each person to see what their lives are like and guiding them to make slow changes to their eating habits so they actually stick! Having a coach can also reignite your motivation and keep you accountable throughout your journey but we will cover that some more in part two next week. For now, I want you to work on points 1-3 above and feel free to report back to me on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or wins you have.