When it comes to eating for your fitness goals, I understand how overwhelming it can be to navigate through a sea of information.
Are you Keto? What about Paleo? Do you even dare to go Vegan?
Do you take your daily swig of ACV? (That is – apple cider vinegar for my people in the back)
Why haven’t you bought your juicer yet to start your celery detox?
We get so caught up in the details of WHAT we eat that we often fail to reflect on HOW we eat.
Just like how we say we need to train at least 3X per week, we should get 8 hours of sleep, and we shouldn’t give the kids too much sugar…what we know is often not what we put into practice.
The same goes for nutrition. At this point, you probably realize you should have some protein, veggies, carbs, and some healthy fats on your plate.
So, now let’s talk about how to improve how you eat your food to help you slow down your pace, savor each bite, and feel more satisfaction for a longer.
Photograph your meal before you start eating – this will encourage you to make your plate rather than snacking as you go and therefore piling on unnecessary calories.
Drink water with your meal – water and your body are best friends. When you hydrate as you eat, you’re not as likely to gorge your meal. Rather, you’ll sip between bites, helping to aid smoother digestion and satisfy your appetite sooner.
Eat without distractions – this will look different for everyone. If you find yourself having lunch everyday leaning over the counter as you check your emails, then this tip is gold for you. By intentionally sitting down, you prepare the body and mind for a singular task: Eating. And only eating. Enjoy the experience! Who knows maybe you’ll discover some rice cake ASMR or notice that juiciness of your steak.
By using these mindful hacks, you’re practicing being present with your mind, body, and your eating experience. Portion control gets easily thrown off because we eat out of stress, emotion, rush, and then we repeat on autopilot.
Break the cycle by beginning a journey of mindfulness. When you slow down, you give your body and mind more time to communicate so that YOU (not the food scale) can dictate how much food you need to feel satisfied, not stuffed.
You’ll nourish yourself from the inside out, spare the extra servings, and reach your fitness goals that much sooner!
Old Bull Athletics Team