The downside of the extreme diet and fitness culture we live in is that many of us have adopted unhealthy mindsets about our body, health, diet, and exercise. We commit to extreme plans that are unrealistic to maintain and punish and shame ourselves when we don’t stick to the plan. Here is how to create a healthy mindset about how you treat your body.
Too often the goals we set are ones that we can’t genetically achieve. If you have a boy-shaped body, you will never have curves, so don’t make curvy the goal. Yes, you can strengthen your flat bum, but it will still be flat. You can workout and diet as much as you like, but if you don’t have the genetics for a thigh gap, you will never have a thigh gap. Instead of trying to achieve a body type that is genetically impossible, and beating yourself up when you fail, make your body goals about YOU. If you have great arms, keep them toned and strong and show them off. If you have curves, own them instead of trying to hide them. If you love your calves, fill your closet with midi dresses and skirts. Focusing on who YOU are is the first step to a healthy mindset.
If there was a one-size-fits-all fad diet that worked we would all be on it. Fad diets are designed around caloric-intake and elimination, leaving you hungry, irritable, and low on energy. Instead of eating less, eat more of the right things—with the vitamins and nutrients to support your individual needs. Think of food as medicine, because what you eat has the capacity to minimize illness, regulate hormones, increase your energy levels, improve sleep, boost your mood, and more!
To determine what your body needs to thrive, you must start with a personalized nutrition assessment. The plan that results from these findings will include foods that you love in portions that fill you up, instead of leaving you hungry and counting down the minutes until your next meal.
Your body was designed to move but many of us spend 8 or more hours sitting each day. This excessive sitting is linked to poor circulation, neck and back pain, decreased muscle mass, weight gain, and even heart disease. You can minimize your sitting by utilizing an ergonomic chair, standing desk, or sitting on a balance ball while you work.
It’s ok if you don’t love the gym, as it’s far from your only fitness option. When it comes to your strength training and cardio, look for ways to combine exercise with doing things that you love. If you live near the ocean and love to surf or paddle board, that can be your workout. If you love to dance sign up for a dance class. If you enjoy baseball join a local league. If yoga is more your thing find a core strengthening or power yoga class that gets your heart pumping—and provides resistance training. Make exercise fun and you will look forward to doing it, instead of dreading it and beating yourself up when you don’t make it to the gym.
We must spend more time celebrating our body, shifting our mindset, and making how we feel more important than looking like a supermodel. If you are ready to take a personalized approach to your health and wellness reach out to Personalized Nutrition Concepts today!