We have a lot of conversations about food. We find that this topic of conversation is the one that raises the most questions.
What should I be eating?
When should I be eating?
How much should I be eating?
We find that a lot of women that come to us feel out of control with their food and out of control with their hunger.
They have heard, read and seen a lot of different opinions (especially on social media) around what to eat and it’s often left them feeling confused and helpless. They want to pursue goals but feel like they don’t know where to start.
Having worked specifically with women over the past 4 years, we find a common trend that becomes apparent as we delve further into conversation……
It’s not really about the food.
As we delve deeper into conversation, they do in fact know what foods will nourish their body and bring them closer to their goals (strength and body composition related). Many know what macronutrients are vital to include in our dietary intake to ensure optimal health and many are aware of various pairing options to construct delicious meals. Many believe they need help to know what to eat but that is often not the case.
We have a number of resources that we use to arm our women with the skill set they need to understand how to nourish their bodies. From here the real work begins.
These 5 questions can help you break in further:
Why am I not nourishing my body consistently and frequently?
Do I know what my hunger signs are and what that feels like?
Do I know when I am full and what that feels like?
Why am I overeating when I get stressed out, tired or bored?
What do I enjoy to eat?
There is no right or wrong way to construct your diet.
We believe the the diet that works best for you is the one that accomplishes the following:
* Is an approach that is consistent and one you can maintain on weekdays, weekends, holidays, work lunches, dinner out with friends. Consistency is the key.
* Leaves you feeling physically and emotionally satisfied.
* One that incorporates foods you enjoy on a regular basis. Restriction leads to overconsumption & binging and we don’t subscribe to that rat race.
* One that brings you closer to your goals without sacrificing your mental state.
* One that encourages you to listen to your body and become aware of the many wonderful signs our body gives us.
These points may raise various thoughts and raise some questions for you:
I get it, I know we need to address what the underlying factors are but it’s just too hard….
I need frameworks in place to help me lose weight first and then I feel motivated and can tackle this stuff after….
But how much protein do I really need?
Whatever the questions, queries, thoughts or concerns come up for you, write them down.
Is it a skill set that you need to gain?
Or is it introspective work that you are avoiding?
Start with the 5 Questions above.
Take some time out, take your journal and sit with your thoughts.
Start from the top and don’t let your mind dart away and avoid it.
It is your choice, muddle your brain with more talk of protein sizes and carbohydrate timing or turn inside and make some real change.