If you're like me, you've wasted a lot of time reading up on diet plans that you've never followed through on, and and spending money on healthy foods that you didn't end up using. We're so easily tricked into believing that certain diet foods, plans, or pills will magically transform our bodies overnight into the perfect image that we've always hoped for.
Can I tell you something? It's all a scheme. Everyone just wants your money. But you already knew that didn't you?
The best thing that you can do for your body is to eat REAL food and exercise in practical, healthy ways. Trust me, I've tried about every extreme form of dieting and exercise that a person can do, and none of them lasted. What has outlasted everything else though, is my decision to eat real food that does good to my body (and sometimes is terrible for me too). We need a little of both, for quality-of-life purposes.
Here's my crazy workout plan: I go on walks often, whether that be walking my dog on the Indianapolis Canal, or going up and down the stairs a zillion times a day, to and from my apartment. I also practice yoga about 3 times a week, to keep my strength and balance on par. And that's it. See, it's not really that crazy. I used to workout a minimum of 3 hours a day and ate close to zero carbs, sugars, and fats. Now that was crazy. I encourage you to find a form of exercise that you thoroughly enjoy, and then balance it out with something a bit simpler. For instance, I love yoga, and I balance it with fast-walking so that I get some more movement and cardio into my routine. My business partner, Ashley, loves running, and she balances that with lifting heavy boxes of almonds around the kitchen. What's your thing? Try out a few new forms of exercise this year, and find a way to balance them out into a practical weekly routine.
And about that whole "real food" thing. Here are a few of my top-secret tips:
- You don't have to eat gross foods to lose weight and stay healthy. There are so many amazing recipes out there that can teach you how to make delicious meals using whole foods (more on my favorite food blogs in another post).
- It's okay to use some butter and sugar every once in a while, and it's okay to eat breads too. But just as with anything, moderation is key.
- Avoid anything that says "diet" on it. It's usually full of harmful chemicals.
- Definitely eat lots of fruits and vegetables, but you don't always have to eat them raw if you can't stand the taste!
- Eat local meat, if you're a meat-eater. You don't even want to know how contaminated some generic meat can be (but if you can't curb your curiosity, here's a good source).
- And my favorite tip of all... consume healthy fats. My favorites include avocado, coconut oil, dark chocolate, eggs, and... ALMOND BUTTER! These help to keep you fuller longer, contain high doses of protein, provide you with incredible vitamins & minerals, and are full of antioxidants.
So, I'm not going to be another saleswoman on her soapbox, trying to sell you the newest diet trend, but I will tell you that adding our fresh, stone-ground, pure, sugarless, superfood-packed almond butter to your weekly grocery list is definitely an awesome way to help you eat something yummy while doing good for your body. Just sayin.
But most importantly, I want you to make good choices this year! Choose to eat well and live well. To create more balance in your life by making healthier decisions more often. To stop thinking about weight loss all together, and to starting thinking more on how to keep your health a priority for the long-haul. YOU CAN DO THIS.