DIET AND NUTRITION MADE EASY

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A lot of posts will begin with the writer throwing around technical terms to establish credibility before getting to the actual useful information. I'll keep that part short: carbs, caloric deficit, nutritional density. There we go! Now, I'm not going to waste any more of your precious time with that. I always try to keep things as practical and actionable as possible - without unnecessarily getting into the technical/academic side of things. I'm a big believer in learning through immersion and exposure, which is why in the past I've written about how putting your learning on autopilot via YouTube is something worth setting up. Recently I hosted a series of in-depth workshops on nutrition with a similar focus. This post will go over some of the tips I provided people on how to reasonably stick to a diet.

1.) HAVE A "MAGIC QUESTION"

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A good tip for me has been to ask myself "could I eat an apple?" whenever I'm tempted to snack or eat something questionable. The reason why I love this question is no matter what the answer is - it gives me a ton of clarity on the decision I should make. If you answer "yes" then, the action to take is simple - go eat an apple instead. If "no" then it likely means that you aren't that hungry to begin with and are just eating for the sake of eating. If you couldn't eat an apple, then don't eat the questionable thing either. You should feel free to substitute out apples for another healthy alternative.

2.) APPETITIE IS DIFFERENT FROM HUNGER

A big reason for why we overeat, or tend to eat the wrong foods - is because our appetite is telling us to. Now, it's easy to confuse appetite for hunger, especially because sometimes you'll experience both at the same time. Simply put, your appetite is your desire to eat. There's a couple ways to keep it at bay. 

One really simple action is to have a high protein breakfast, which is shown to decrease appetite throughout the day. Not only that, but if you're following a fitness plan then a higher protein diet in general tends to be a good recommendation for reaching your fitness goals. 

3.) BUY A WATER BOTTLE

Another really great thing that helps is to stay hydrated throughout the day. I've found that the best way to do this to simply buy a water bottle. Carrying one with you and filling it up with chilled water as it gets empty is a great way to trick your brain into feeling the "satisfaction" that snacking might have got you, while getting in your daily H2O requirements. Having a bottle handy also keeps the idea of getting in your fluids on your mind.


I want to close with this quote from Harvard Health. Always remember that convenience is power. If you focus on making awesome foods convenient then healthy eating becomes much, much easier:

"Good eating is not a punishment, but an opportunity. If you know why it's important and what to do, you'll find it enjoyable and satisfying."