I watch this video from Joe Rogan back at least a few times a week:
It’s SO spot on.
When you get used to eating like this, you realise there’s a whole new way of feeling and living your life. I know that sounds hyperbolic – but it’s absolutely true. It’s night and day.
Yes, it’s super hard (at least at first). Our shops, restaurants and workplaces are hazard zones – full of the wrong choices. I can guarantee, you’re going to need to build more discipline and better habits to deal with them.
You have to put in the work to educate yourself on how to make the right choices. There’s never been more free and high quality information out there. But, that’s super hard too. If you don’t have your wits about you, you’ll be led to believe Cheerios are a health food or Flintstone Vitamins are actually good for your kids.
You’ll have to start being intentional about what you eat. It’s not good enough to grab food on the go, or eat whatever is available. What you’re eating needs to fit into your goals and activity levels for the day.
Why? You’ll live longer. You’ll live better. You’ll feel better. You’ll think better. You’ll look better. Everything will be better.
If you’re eating a Standard American or Western Diet (most people are), you don’t even know how lousy you feel. You’ve normalised to it. What an opportunity. Just wait until you start feeling what it’s like to opt out.
So, how do you practically get started? I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s one very simple, and obvious place to start.
Track everything you eat for seven full days (Monday through Sunday). There are lots of apps that make this very easy (myfitnesspal is what I use). All you have to do is scan the barcode from the packaging of your food, or search their crowdsourced database. It takes a matter of a few minutes to put in a full meal.
If you’ve never done this before, I can almost guarantee, you’ll be surprised by what you find. You’ll be eating too many calories. You’ll be eating too many carbohydrates and saturated fats. You’ll be eating very little protein. And you’ll be eating too much sugar.
And that’s where your journey starts. With this new level of self awareness, you can start to better educate yourself and make different choices. Where it ends, is up to you.
P.S If you want to chat about some of the best places to educate yourself on nutrition, or ways to approach making better choices – feel free to reach out.
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