We want to provide you with some skills to maximize your nutrition success.
#1: Control Your Environment
- For most people, the environment means their home. Take some time today to do a quick inventory of the different foods you have and get rid of the fast, easy, snacky foods. You know, the chips, soda, cookies, candy, crackers, etc… All the foods we just munch on mindlessly.
- “Out of sight out of mind” Not having processed, easy to over consume foods in the house is going to make it much easier to eliminate mindless snacking and binging episodes. Willpower is an interesting phenomenon. You might be able to resist in the morning when you are fresh but at the end of the day when you are exhausted from a long day or work, taking care of the kids, etc., that bag of chips or beer will be much harder to say “no” to. If it’s not in the house you don’t have to say “no” because it’s not there.
#2: Plan & Prepare
- You will quickly find out that getting enough protein and staying under your calorie goal is much harder when we just wing it. Most restaurant foods, convenience foods, and delicious treats are low in protein and super high in carbs and fats. They also don’t contain many fiber and nutrient dense foods like veggies and fruit.
- An important skill becomes learning to meal prep and making lean proteins, veggies, and fruits more convenient for you. Planning and preparing in advance is a key skill to success. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”
- This means planning your workouts, putting them on your schedule and treating them like an appointment. This means planning out your meals so you aren’t trying to figure out what’s for dinner Tuesday night as the kids are screaming, you are tired from work, and the dog pooped on the carpet AGAIN.
- If meals are already prepared and only require you to take them out of the refrigerator and heat them up, success is much more likely even amongst the chaos that is life.
Some basic planning and meal prep ideas to get you started are:
- Having a grocery list and sticking to it or using a meal prep service like Quokka
- Batch cooking lean proteins on the weekend
- Making enough at dinner to have leftovers for lunch the next day
- Creating a ‘menu’ for the week
Take some time to fix up your environment for success and do some planning for the week.