Banning sugar, cutting gluten, shaming indulgent foods, blowing your cash on ridiculous juice cleanses- it’s all some form of diet that some famous food blogger, magazine, nutritionist, doctor, or even RD preaches about or endorses this time of year.
(The Mediterranean sandwich and chicken something salad from Panera with mom post workout one day)
The thing about these radical changes that people are swayed to start this time of year is because they honestly probably want a better looking or feeling version of themselves. That motive is alright but does that actually sound appealing to you? Do you want to be drooling at breakfast with a bunch of your friends on a Saturday off work eating a poached egg and 1/2 an avocado when you realllly want that ricotta french toast that is a specialty for that restaurant that your friends ordered making you feel somewhat miserable?
And no- I’m not saying eat whatever you want whenever you want it because there is need for proper nutrition a majority of the time (obviously) but there is most definitely 100% a time to indulge with friends or family or heck- yourself- and just live.
Finding a way of eating that works for YOU should be on your new years resolutions list not something that some blogger or tv or magazine advertised that you think might work.
(My best friend Andrew’s birthday brunch eating all the food and drinking literally ALL the mimosas in Santa Monica CA at Brick and Mortar. )
Maybe you are the type of person like me who has a MAJOR sweet tooth and cutting sweets just isn’t gonna happen for ya. Yeah, yeah refined sugar or any sugar really has many adverse side effects but its also a part of life. It’s fine. Moderation people. Not 6 cookies- 1. Eat your favorite sweet treat when you really actually want it and make sure you have healthy alternatives laying around for when you are feeling like mindless munching. For me sometimes fruit will do it but most nights I always go for dark chocolate or a few spoons of ice cream or whatever and I don’t feel guilty or deprived ever. I just make sure to eat when I really want it.
Maybe you want to live a healthier life style but have no idea how so you copy everything your fitness idol eats no matter what the price tag or whether you even have the same taste as that person. Or maybe you looked in that latest issue of whatever magazine- Health, Shape, etc. and saw the little section where they interview a celebrity and see what they eat in a day where there is SUCH LITTLE FOOD- and you just go copy that. If thats you- I encourage you to ask your primary physician if they have a Registered Dietitian they can recommend to you or if you know one that does online consultations (me in a few years) that can help you formulate something made for YOU. He/she will help determine how many calories you actually need based on your age/weight/activity level/gender/medical conditions/etc. and your price range and ability to cook or have time to cook. Please seek help from a nutrition professional. Future RDs like myself or “Nutritionists” or Health Bloggers may not be your best bet for accurate nutrition information.Nutrition is so personalized you guys and its not something that can just be copied or suggested by someone who doesn’t know what they retaking about.
Maybe you are feeling a little fluffy and suddenly at the end of the year that bugs you. I urge you to not go on some huge fitness binge and exhaust yourself physically and mentally but instead think of what YOU truly enjoy doing. Do you hate running? (me, yes I do hate running) Do you get intimidated by the weight room but feel like its the only way to build muscle? Are you not about spending like 35 dollars for a 45 minute -1 hr class? I understand and there are other ways. Write down the ways you enjoy moving. For me its…
- Dancing or other choreographed classes like step or zumba
- Group Fitness/Circuit Training
(Hiking in the Angeles Crest in California with mamma behind me)
Now, look into a gym near you that offers those classes and see if it’s in your price range. I’m biased because I have worked with the YMCA for a long time and love and believe in what they stand for as an organization. That’s where I do all of those things listed above. I am blessed to be a part of my YMCA branch which is extremely lucky to have generous donors and amazing instructors and staff who are welcoming and know how to run a kick booty place. It just takes some time to find which instructors you click with and believe me when you do you will be hooked and can enjoy your workout versus being stressed and wishing it was over.
I remember starting group fitness in high school and I picked like 10-15 classes and instructors that looked awesome to me and tried all of them over like 3 weeks. I hated some of them and I absolutely loved some. I created a routine that I looked forward to and I still keep those instructors close to my heart no matter if they are still there or not. Roseanne for Body Works on Thursdays, Jill for Cardio Kickboxing on Tuesdays, and Dawn for Advanced Step and Body Works on Saturdays and that was my schedule for about 3 years in high school. During college and now I take Yoga with Eden on Wednesdays, Body Works with Roseanne on Thursdays or Monday mornings, and Step with Dawn on Saturdays with the addition of circuit training with any instructor that will push me to lift things I think I can’t and work harder than I think I can. I also walk more than ever and I’m completely fine with that as a workout. As I’ve gotten older I have learned to listen to what my body enjoys and let that relax me versus do it to burn calories.
Basically, what I’m saying is that the new year is an opportunity for you to sort of restart or improve what you already had going and not a time for drastic changes that you mindlessly got sucked into.
If theres one takeaway from this post its to encourage you to really think about what you are dong in terms of your diet and fitness. Make choices that make you happy and choose those will be long lasting and life giving versus short lived and life sucking. Like please- have you ever heard of a person who did a juice cleanse and felt AMAZING after like “sign me up again that was SO FUN”. No. I haven’t at least- hit me up if you have.
Don’t diet. Don’t cut major things our of your life. Don’t start with running 10 miles.
Work slowly and with intention and if needed reach out to a fitness or nutrition professional to help you.
Happy New Year!
(This summer in Granada, Spain eating a chocolate covered elephant ear with my sister and some coffee at almost 11 pm because thats what people do in Spain!)