When you want to lose weight, the place your brain goes to first is what to cut out or limit. Words like cleanse, detox, and other references to extreme changes pop up. All of which focus on the intake levels of macronutrients: fat, carbohydrates, and protein- usually in regards to their calorie count.
Between all of the books, meetings, programs, or apps that I’ve enlisted on my quest to drop extra lbs, there’s not one that didn’t involve intense tracking of macros. Approaching food in this way strips it of its true purpose of nourishment making eating so mental that we detach from the intuitive eating connection with our bodies. For me, these controlling and strict behaviors around food only brought on binges and negative self-talk that took a serious toll on my health and emotional state of mind.
It wasn’t until I stopped micromanaging and started micro-nourishing, that I actually lost excess weight and gained mental space not obsessing over the data…I mean food, that passed my lips.
Focusing on your macros in micro way is a surefire way to drive yourself crazy. – CLICK TO TWEET!
When the internal conversation changes from “what should I eat to lose weight?” to “what should I eat to nourish my body”, you put yourself in a position to empower your health by the choices you make. Opt for the kale salad not because you’re watching your weight and it’s a choice made out of restriction, but because you know how it increases your health and makes you feel damn good!
So what are micronutrients anyway? They are the vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, and trace elements that our bodies need in tiny amounts but play a huge role in our overall health. Micronutrients are essential in the proper functioning of every system in our body including thyroid, metabolism, and blood sugar levels. They also protect and clean our cells by ridding them of waste (detox anyone?). Knowing that eating more plants and whole foods give you more micronutrition, it’s easier to eat healthy for your HEALTH, not for a smaller waistline. You will then find your pants naturally feel looser, your energy is higher, and that you have better things to think about other than tracking calories and silly weigh-ins; like what new workout class to try at the gym — PiYo, anyone?
I love analogies so check this out;
The first time I drove I focused my eyes on the hood of the car thinking that was the way to stay centered in the lane. My grip on the wheel was tight and I jerked it this way that, trying desperately to gain control. Not only did I not drive straight, but was extremely stressed about how poorly I was doing. It wasn’t until I looked ahead at the whole road that I was able to naturally center the car and relax.
Take your eyes off the front of the car (stop dieting) and look ahead to the whole road (focus on nourishment) and your car (healthy weight) will naturally center and you will feel at ease (happy).
If you can relate and are ready to get off the diet train by implementing healthy nutritional and lifestyle shifts that LAST, join me and other women who are ready to empower their health this fall in my
“Fall into Health” Virtual Coaching Group.
Over 3 months you will learn about the power of whole foods, loving thoughts, enjoyable movement, and set attainable goals each each week. The group and I hold you accountable and support you while you reach a higher level of health. Before the New Year you will shed physical and emotional layers to reveal a vibrant new you! CLICK TO JOIN – the fun starts on October 1st.