By Jean-Paul Cortes
You are what you eat...
Ever heard of that?
Judging by the alarming rates of obesity, it seems like a lot of people are turning into an super sized burger or two.
And this only isn't true in the United States, it's a growing disease in many countries across the globe.
Proper nutrition is essential to overall good health and optimal performance. People of all ages and at all levels of health are affected, positively or negatively by what they eat.
Although this may be a well known fact, a grand majority still feel like they're fighting a losing battle when it comes to adopting and living a healthy lifestyle.
What makes it so hard for us to find an answer?
It's hard to say, but it's likely that our understanding of what a healthy lifestyle is part of the problem.
Most of us believe in the value of healthy eating and exercising, the problem is we readily ignore how these need to work together to be successful.
Most people can't see the big picture, they tend to focus on one part of their lives and turn a blind eye to everything else.
And because our nutrition habits are deeply ingrained, we can't easily see, or admit, what they are to change them.
A lot more is needed than counting calories, fat and fiber.
To change unhealthy behaviors, we need to learn how to eat healthier and get more physical exercise as well.
That's the obvious, and easy part. The not-so obvious part is knowing what exactly we need to do to achieve that outcome.
That's where most people fail, because without having the knowledge and ability, we never are consistent enough to turn behaviors into habits.
You know what it feels like to be caught in stop and go traffic don't you?
It drives you crazy, and you can be sure that it's not too good for the life of your car.
Well, most of us are doing the exact same thing when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. We start by promising ourselves that we're going to work out, we sign up for yoga classes, work out for a couple of days and then give up.
And how about that "Abdomi-Cruncher" that you bought last month?
It's sure making a nice clothes hanger..
A lot of people say that taking the first step is the hardest.
In the case of living healthy it's maintenance that's the toughest part.
This is where a nutrition coach can help you, research shows we're more successful when we have the someone's support instead of going at it alone.
coach can provide advice in creating meal plans, in what to order at
restaurants, what to look for when shopping and more importantly the
one-on-one interaction can break the convulsive roller-coaster cycle that a lot of us go through.
There's a greater need to be aware of what we're putting into our bodies and what we're doing unconsciously. Most people take this for granted.
Nutritionist Natasha Forest gives us a simple exercise that helps us understand this.
She asks: "When was the last time you read the nutrition labels on packages? Do you know if the products you're buying contain refined sugar, partially or fully hydrogenated vegetable oil?"
"Maybe it's time that you do, your health is adversely affected by consuming them; all it takes is reading the label but most of us don't."
So maybe it's time that you put that peanut butter back on the shelf and think about what your buying first.
A nutrition coach can help us be conscious of our health. There really is no "magic diet" to make us lose weight, an umbrella approach makes much more sense. One that addresses our bodies and our minds.
Learning how to make food work for us, is a lifetime skill and not just a quick-fix.
Just as a personal trainer helps you understand what types of exercises better suit you, a nutrition coach can help you gain a better understanding of your personal nutrition and behavioral needs.
When your health is at stake, there is no cutting corners. It’s all about achieving results and lasting change.
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