Eat Your Way RIGHT Through the Holidays- What’s the Point?

You might have asked yourself that question already, as in “Why even bother? I always gain weight this time of year.”

If that’s the case, I understand. I think you need an attitude check , but I really do understand. If it was easy, we wouldn’t be having this “conversation”.

However when I asked the question “What’s The Point?” I am talking about the end game. Where are we going with this whole thing?

I mean if you don’t know where you are going, how are you going to know when you get there? 

Here is my goal every time I talk nutrition:

To inspire you to build nutrition habits, that when applied consistently and correctly, will create the optimum environment to help you lose body fat and gain/maintain lean tissue (aka muscle).

In other words I want you to eat in a way that makes you look and feel great

So what’s the main obstacle to progress?

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I think it’s that we have too much information.

If you were to head over to Amazon.com and search for “diet books” you would get 78,496 results. Holy cow!

Is it any wonder that there is confusion over the “RIGHT” way to eat?

Truth be told no one strategy will fit all of us, and you may even have made progress by reading and following the plan in one of those books.

But I think one of the things the authors of these diets don’t take into consideration is that we have very short attention spans, and we don’t really like someone else telling us what to do.

I talk to people all the time that are “doing” all sorts of diet plans – Weight Watchers, South Beach, Mediterranean, Paleo, you name it. Funny thing is that when you ask them what they are actually doing, they have added in enough tweaks, twists and turns into the plan so that it looks nothing like the original. Could that be why it “doesn’t work”, at least for very long?

We get bored with the “thing”, so we move onto another “thing”.

Time for a reality check. The four plans I mentioned above (and they are totally random off the top of my head) are far more like each other than they are different. In fact most people could probably do pretty well – if they actually followed them long term, say as in for the rest of their lives.

So right off the top let me make it clear. “Eating Your Way Right” is a diet only in the sense that no matter what you currently eat you are on a diet. 

It’s just that too many of us are on the “bagel, donut, coffee, soda, pasta, bread, candy, pastry and wine” diet.

So get ready to challenge yourself. What you think you know about nutrition, and about what healthy eating is really all about.

Get ready to get a little uncomfortable. Out of your comfort zone is probably gonna happen. You can’t keep doing the same things and expect a different result.

Here is the secret you all need to apply to your nutritional habits today. Eat only when you are hungry. 

Yep, that's it. 

Just think of when and why we typically eat. We have breakfast as we run out the door but because we don't eat the right foods or the right amounts, we tend to think we need a snack as soon as we arrive at work. In fact while you run out to grab a few groceries on your morning break, you also have another snack just cuz. You'll eat lunch because the clock tells you it is time. On the way home to grab the kiddos you all stop at the drive thru to tide you over until your real dinner. You eat a bit late but then your favorite show comes on and of course popcorn goes well with TV.  

Are you ready?

Are you ready to listen to your body give you the cues of when to eat? The low growling of your tummy, the hollow feeling, a bit of emptiness down deep could all be signals your body is giving you to find food soon. 

My challenge to you in order to Eat Right This Holiday Season is to eat only when you are truly hungry. 

Its not as easy as it sounds,

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.

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