There is so much health & fitness ‘advice’ out there that it’s pretty much impossible not to get lost. One says no alcohol, gluten free, paleo, good carbs, no carb, no sugar, some sugar, carb cycling, calorie counting, healthy fats, fat free…whew. Just researching basic nutrition can be pretty exhausting. Finding a program that’s right for you? That’s a whole other story.
To put it shortly, I’m just over all the craziness. What happened to simple, basic logic? Between jumbles of studies and statistics we’ve lost track of what we actually know to be true: that eating real, whole foods is the best thing for your bod. That exercise makes us leaner, happier, and more peaceful. That all we need is our own logic & intuition to go after our fitness dreams.
That’s why I’m kicking all of the crazy hype to the curb and doing what’s right for my body and, equally important, mental sanity. I know that whole, unprocessed, plant-based foods makes my body, mind and spirit shine. That a mix of running, surfing and strength training make my curves beautiful. That consistency in my food & workouts equate to my overall happiness.
Here’s a few rules of my own personal plan:
- Eat mostly whole, unprocessed foods When I’m eating a variety of colorful, vivacious plant-based foods, I feel like a rock star. Give me some rainbow chard, tempeh and homemade Thai peanut sauce and I could conquer the world. Natural foods supply a plethora of phyto- & micronutrients, good carbs, & fiber that are easy to digest. When I fill up on plant-based foods, I feel light as a feather.
Side note: Plant-based foods provide plenty of protein!
- Include plenty of Probiotics
Probiotics are the rock-stars of the nutrition world. They help regulate digestion, boost good gut bacteria, and can even help you shed some pounds! They’re simply all-around wonderful. Most people think of dairy sources, such as Kefir and Greek yogurt, but there’s plenty of plant-based probiotics out there. Fermented foods, such as tempeh, kombucha, sauerkraut, & pickles are brimming with ’em.
- Eat when hungry, stop when full
A lot of my bodybuilding friends (and diet plans) swear by eating every 2 or 3 hours, on the dot. Sorry, but I’m a busy gal – I can’t always make that happen! Plus, I’m not hungry for some of the intervals and have to force myself to eat, while at other times I’m s-t-a-r-v-i-n-g and counting down the minutes till my next mini-meal. I trust myself to follow my own intuition; when I feel truly hungry is probably the right time to eat.
- Get some exercise
I love exercise, so this one’s pretty easy. I never have to force myself to workout; it’s the nutrition part that always gets me. I prefer to exercise every day, but switch it up between surfing, running, strength training and active rest days so my body can recover. Beautiful bods are made in the kitchen, so I use exercise to do the things I enjoy.
- Nobody’s perfect
Possibly the most important rule of all – perfection is not possible. F*ck ups are imminent. It happens to the best of us; I prefer not to attach guilt & shame to my mistakes. After all, our bodies respond the best to consistency, so as long as I’m eating well most of the time, I’m still on track to the fitness level I’m after.