Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Reality Check

I want to make one thing clear about diet and fitness. It is NOT easy, and I mean that in both the mental and physical sense.

If it was easy, more people would be in shape. The obesity rate in America would not be so astronomically high.

For some people, controlling your diet is the hardest part. And I admit it is- at first. If your tastebuds are used to the satisfaction of fattening, sugary or salty foods- then these are usually your go-tos when you're hungry. The truth is you can change your habits slowly over time with food preferences, but I would never recommend going cold turkey and trying to do it all at once.  Slowly replace a few meals with cleaner foods. Then perhaps, once you've adjusted, change all your meals to foods that are more clean.

You can also fight off your cravings with healthier alternatives. I try to post many of my own creations/ variations on my food blog, In the Kitchen. Of course, there are many other ideas, blogs, and recipes to try for yourself (Tosca Reno, The Gracious Pantry, He and She Eat Clean, Clean Eating magazine, just to name a few.)

I want to be honest and clear about one thing, however: Eating healthy is NOT easy. I understand that. You have to truly want to feel stronger, leaner and most importantly, BE HEALTHIER. Of course, and I 'm committing a cardinal sin of personal trainers here I'm sure, I would LOVE to eat junk food everyday. I would LOVE to not have to count calories and monitor my macros. But the truth is, that's the easy way out. I want to be healthier and look better WAY MORE than the brief satisfaction that unhealthy foods will bring.

Find a reason to motivate yourself to get on track with your fitness and nutrition.

Does this mean I never indulge? Of course not. I allow myself a cheat meal once a week- any more than that, and I know how my body responds. Every body is different, but one cheat a week keeps me on track and allows me to enjoy the foods that have been deemed bad for our bodies. Some people can get away with more cheat meals a week, or even a whole cheat day. Again, it all depends on your body type and metabolism.

It's important to also understand that nutrition and diet does not stand alone in health. You have to stay physically active, as well. Depending on your level of strength, experience, and general body type- exercise needs can vary widely. The general fitness guidelines for maintainence in most people is cardio 30-60 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week along with a weight lifting program that is well balanced.

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Hi! I 'm Karlene Murphy. A lover of food (especially if it's gluten and dairy free!), getting outdoors, lifting weights, travel, writing, and snuggling with my two puppies. My addictions include chocolate, coffee, cookies, and sharing my love of being HAPPY and HEALTHY! My passion is educating others - whether at my full time job as a high school Psychology teacher, or with YOU my readers. I have been in the fitness wold for almost 10 years, and currently am an Online Fitness Coach, Fitness Instructor, Pilates and Yoga and Aerial Yoga Instructor in Southern New Hampshire. Contact Me if you need help with designing your own fitness and nutrition program.

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