Well, hello! Happy almost New Year! So as you probably know by now, I’m all about sharing a perspective on health that actually makes you guys think a little bit. Actually, I have a really good Quinoa Crispy recipe to post tomorrow so there’s that, but I also want to bring something to the table besides the same old shit about how you should stretch after a workout or that you better only eat real food or you’re going to get leaky gut and become allergic to everything and your pants won’t fit and you’ll eventually die from eating processed cheese.
Because most of the info around health out there is actually a bunch of pretty basic stuff, and you aren’t a bunch of basic bitches. If health was as easy as just knowing what to do, we’d all be working out 7 days a week, eating nothing but kale and salmon salads, and looking like Gigi Haddid 24/7.
But most of us aren’t / aren’t / don’t, so why take the same old approach? My preference is to get my clients up to speed on Health 101 as quickly as possible (that’s the easy part) and then get right down to business. “The business” being the mindset stuff. The food relationship stuff. The mind-body connection stuff. That thinking stuff I mentioned earlier.
So in lieu of writing about the same old cliche New Years lose-10-pounds-resolution song and dance (literally kill me if I have to hear that one more time), I’m going to share 3 slightly unconventional goals I asked my clients to set in 2017, instead of “eat more Swiss Chard and go to cycling class.” Who knows - it just might force you to think a little.
Fitness: Don’t worry about how many calories you’re burning when you’re working out.
Seriously. Unless you’re going after a very specific body type, working out isn’t the end all, be all for weight loss. Sure, it can definitely support your weight loss efforts, but personally I’d much rather my clients find movement they find joy in it. Instead of staring at your Fitbit for an hour, get present, feel the endorphins flooding your body, and focus on soaking up that euphoric feeling that comes as a result of a really amazing workout.
For me personally, pushing myself physically forces me to do something I struggle with IRL: staying present and focused. Added bonus: When I commit to pushing through something that feels uncomfortable, I always feel like a badass when it’s done. Even though it’s only fitness, that mindset translates seamlessly into real life. For some people, fitness is their only escape of the day, from work or family or stress. For others its a chance to work some aggression out. Point is that if you’re just watching the calories burn away on your heart rate monitor and waiting for the time to pass, you’re missing the good stuff. And if you can find something in it that feels great, you’ll probably come back for more.
Food: Stop Eating to Lose Weight.
If you want to lose weight, cool. But you’re going to have a real hard time staying motivated when you know deep down that simply taking up less physical space on earth really isn’t that important. Do your “why work” (<- that having a clear understanding your real “why,” something I help my clients identify when we work together) and shift your focus toward eating to feel good - mentally and physically. Something I see in roughly like, 100% of my clients is that they stay more motivated as a result of how they feel over how they look - so pay attention to which foods energize you and figure out how to incorporate more of them into your meals. (And if something you love makes you feel like crap? Text me, and I’ll help you create an equally delicious, healthier version. This is my specialty, promise)
Emotional Stop beating yourself up.
The reason I bring up emotional well-being is that it almost always has a direct impact on behavior around food, and also because mental health and happiness are often put second to physical health, which is just stupid. Part of my job description includes listening to people verbally beat the shit out of themselves for not being perfect when it comes to both health and endless other areas of life. When did it became OK to feel like a failure over not achieving the impossible? And I literally mean, the impossible: The only almost-perfect people I’ve ever heard of have been sainted and no offense but you’re probably not a candidate. We humans are imperfect, so just own the idea that sometimes it’s ok to spend an entire day in your sweats or eat the second scoop of ice cream. Be clear that you aren’t a failure if your reindeer Christmas cupcakes look more like turds or if you were thinking about what color to paint your toenails throughout your meditation. Would you ever be as cruel to your friends/family as you are to yourself? I doubt it, so show yourself a little compassion too, ok? Ok.
Anyway, I want to wish each of you a wonderful 2017 but also thank you for an incredibly special 2016. So, so many of you have read my posts and sent me texts and messages and emails and asked questions and worked with me on nutrition and taken my classes and and without you I would not have had the courage to have recently quit my day job so that I could take the leap into the world of full-time nutrition coaching, training, and with any luck, changing lives. It’s the first time I have ever had a job that I absolutely love, and I can’t tell you how much all of your support has meant to me and changed my own life. So thank you from the bottom of my heart - you guys are the best.
Cheers to the best year yet,