Let’s face it, no one wants to be TOLD what to do. We have many areas of our life where we do things because we have to, not because we want to. Eating, is one of those things we have to do, but WHAT we eat, is a choice we believe is ours to make. To some extent that is true.
We can certainly choose to eat whatever we want, but the outcomes of those choices may conflict with our goals. That said, more often than not, we are willing to move forward with those choices regardless of their long term effects.
I hear from clients all of the time that they have gone their entire lives without really knowing much about nutrition. They know a lot about food, but they know very little about what to consume, when, or in what quantities. Many will say that they eat very well – they don’t stock up on cupcakes or bags of potato chips and have never considered that vegetables are carbohydrates. During my time as a nutrition coach exactly ZERO of them understood the role carbs, fats and proteins play in the body. They don’t know what the food they are eating is doing inside the body once consumed. At that point, the journey isn’t over, it’s just begun.
So what does all of this mean?
It means in order to be proactive, you need to get educated. The frustrating and difficult thing about education is there is a LOT of misinformation on the web. Be careful of expert claims not backed by credible sources, facts and actual data. Choose an expert that has walked the walk themselves. Someone who has won the weight loss war and mastered the mental game and who is willing to spend the time with you to really understand and develop rapport with YOU. Your goals. Your triggers. Someone who will help you to develop strategies that prevent diet related diseases so you can spend your time living your best life, not addressing things that could have been prevented.
Be well friends, as always I’m here to help get you to your goals. And stay there.