If you lead a busy life and exercise has become just another time slot on your calendar... If it's starting to feel like more of a chore rather than something you look forward to and enjoy... Or if you've hit a plateau and find yourself feeling a little frustrated or disconnected... You could be overlooking or missing out on a primary component of what keeps people consistent and aligned with their goals: Mindfulness.
Think of the most attractive star you can. Do you think they are obsessing over every calorie they consume? Probably not. They have most likely hired a highfalutin dietician from the start who is planning each meal for them based on information Michael Pollan is offering you for free: "eat food, not too much, mostly plants."
Sorry guys, but that's not how it works. “Flat abs are made in the kitchen”...
I have covered this topic in other blogs, so I will quickly review the cliff notes: exercise does wonderful things for our internal world, and for those attempting to lose weight, exercise can aid the process by balancing out calories consumed with calories burned. But, it is best used as a tool for weight maintenance and overall improvement of internal health. The sad truth? You will never be able to get a flat stomach, no matter how many abdominal exercises you do, if you keep eating crap.
Ahh, the supermarket. A cornerstone innovation of the 20th century. Centralizing all of a consumer’s shopping needs under one roof for maximum convenience in what was becoming an increasingly busy lifestyle. Forgotten was the neighborhood butcher, baker, produce stand, milkman, and pharmacy. It made enough sense. Instead of having to stop at 4 or 5 different places, one could now just make one stop. With this convenience, however, came one serious consequence: it caused us to become increasingly disconnected from our food. The food chain that brought our meals from the farms to our tables became increasingly longer, and more centralized. While the butcher from 100 years ago likely knew the local farmer who raised the animals, today the butcher at your local supermarket has likely never even seen a livestock farm. Why is this such a bad thing, you ask? Because the more we disconnected about where our food came from, the unhealthier our relationship with food became. Never in human history have we been so detached from our food, and never have we been so confused about what to eat. That is a correlation we should not ignore.
That is also where I come in to help. This blog is the first in a series that I will devote to helping you, a health conscious consumer, navigate the supermarket, decode a confusing array of labels and options, and make the best possible choices for your health and your budget
As an in-home personal trainer, I eat on the go (mostly in my car) about 50-75% of my day. This means most of my meals are in the form of mixed nuts and dried fruits, pre-cut fresh veggies with a cheese stick and/or a hardboiled egg, or occasionally a pre-made sandwich from home, maybe even a Lara bar. When I do stop for food (for whatever reason), I tend to grab a pre-packaged sushi roll or sandwich from the nearest grocery store or Starbucks.
Hearing a statement like "reducing caloric consumption is the key to losing weight" or "you can't out-exercise a poor diet" may leave you wondering why in the world you would ever waste your time, not to mention money, at the gym. Well, despite the fact that both of the above statements are true, exercise is anything but a waste of time...