There are so many tips I’d like to share with you about nutrition that even I get overwhelmed with the amount of information you should know about what you put into your body. From eating within 2 hours of waking to not eating after 8 pm, to limiting sugar, to fasting diets…there is a ton of information out there on what’s “right” and what’s “wrong. And, it changes almost daily.
But, there is one consistent tip that I have and people rarely talk about it.
Whether you’re on keto, you’re a macro lover, you’ve banned sugar, you eat according to a dietitian’s guidelines or you’re on some other “plan” that floats your boat…this one rule applies to all meal plans/diets.
Lindsay’s TOP TIP for nutrition:
It’s simple: Enjoy your food.
I could go on and on about certain programs and I could talk about why you should get rid of sugar. I could also give you timings for food consumption but at the end of the day, you have to take time to enjoy your food, otherwise, you’re going to feel like you’re going without. You’re going to feel starved and deprived and that’s when the shit hits the fan.
I despise diets and fads and crazy programs that don’t have you eating a very balanced diet…but I cannot fight the diet industry alone, so I’ll support you in what you’re doing. However, I will always, always, always tell you to slow down and enjoy your food.
If you’re banning added sugar, take time to appreciate the sweetness your fruit or yes, even some of your veggies have. If you’re trying new recipes to fit a meal plan, slow down and really figure out what you like about the meal and enjoooooooooy it.
Enjoy. Your. Food.
Don’t just throw it in your gob and not be present while you eat. Distraction is terrible when you’re eating. Mindless and rushed eating will most likely lead you to start thinking about your next meal within 45 minutes of your last.
Slow down, ya racehorse…and enjoy the taste, the texture and the experience of fueling your body in a healthy way.
I don’t mean you need to go full-on Remy from Ratatouille and analyze every bite you’re having, but I do mean that you should acknowledge how yummy your meal is and appreciate the nutrients you’re giving your body to get through the day.
We’re so busy that food sometimes becomes just another thing on your to-do list of 1000. But, it’s an important one. This is the moment you get to fuel your body with the good stuff and set yourself up – body and mind- for success. Food is calories and calories are energy, so start thinking of food as your ability to energize yourself properly and FEEL BETTER.
Slooooooooow down. Enjoy. Enjoy all of it. Even the salads, the vegetables and the protein you should be eating. Enjoy your meal. Sure, it ain’t no wine and peanut butter cups, but it is still delicious and you need to appreciate it.