Clean eating? Meal plans? Starvation? What exactly do they mean?
Okay. First things first… I’m the realest. The realest picky eater ever. Yep. I don’t like red sauce (ketchup!), most sauces for that matter give me the heebie jeebies, I avoid cheese at all costs, I don’t eat pizza, I’m pretty conservative at Chinese takeaways and even more so in Indian restaurants. I only recently accepted that mayonnaise on deli sandwiches is inevitable too.
The struggle is real.
However, I have no such problems when it comes to sweets. Chocolate. Chocolate fudge. Chocolate fudge cake. Chocolate fudge cake with ice-cream. Chocolate fudge cake, ice-cream anddd… you get the idea! There is nothing I can’t do when it comes to sugary deliciousness.
Nothing. But I do have a choice.
Choices are all around us. And it is about choosing right the majority of the time. It happens all too often when people start new diets, they completely axe all treats from their lives which immediately puts them at a disadvantage. They go from eating 5 chocolate bars a day to none and withdrawal symptoms from a change like that can be life-threatening. They then take up running and go from having never ran in their lives to running a six-mile loop. Are these people crazy?
They become tired. They moan. They’re sore. When really, they’re just unfit.
And what comes next… A sugary binge in which our dieting individual eats the same amount of chocolate in one sitting as they would have done all week.
The key is MODERATION. We hear it all the time. But not enough people listen.
Rather than going from 5 bars to none, how about taking away one. And rather than beginning with six-miles, how about one. Fitness is not about completely destroying your body for 100+ likes on a Facebook holiday selfie only to return home to a house filled with dirty habits. Fitness is a lifestyle. It’s about finding out what works for you while helping you live a better life. And a longer one. There is no quick fix. No magic pill. But over time, choices become easier.
These choices are simple too. And they are everywhere. There is no need to sign up for a Geordie Shore diet plan. Or stop eating your favourite foods. What did I say… moderation. Everything in moderation. Whether your goal is to lose weight, to gain muscle, to become more active, your diet holds the key to all these problems.
For me, I stick to 3 solid meals per day. Solid meal 1. Solid meal 2. Solid meal 3.
Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Whatever! But if something changes along the way and I need to eat out, I need to grab a meal on the go, as is the case with my hectic schedule! I will! But to counteract this, depending on the meal size, I will either half a portion or remove a meal. It’s that simple.
The key to healthy eating is to not let one “bad” meal affect the next one. Just because you had a McDonalds for lunch, doesn’t give you the right to have a takeaway for dinner. Just as, a healthy meal for lunch isn’t a cause for celebration and a McDonalds for dinner. Fitness is a lifestyle but many make it a choice. They look on it as a chore. Something they HAVE to do. But you don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to. You don’t have to eat healthy, you don’t have to lift weights, you don’t have to attend college, you don’t have to go to work… but you do. You do because deep inside you, you want to. You want to better yourself. You want to learn. You want to grow and you want to succeed. You do. Well then think… why is it a choice?
It’s a choice because we see it that way. We see two sides. We see an easy route and a less easy route. They’re both easy but one needs added commitment. Do you think Ronald McDonald saw two paths? No. He only saw one and that’s what makes him one of the most recognisable faces and brands worldwide. He saw success and capitalised on it. And that was nearly 60 years ago. The world we live in today presents us with so many opportunities, choices, careers, foods, hobbies, but it is up to us as individuals to make the right choices.
The first bite can be a scary thing. The moment of truth.
So make sure that your first choice is the right one because nobody likes sloppy seconds.