I once fell victim to the idea that when someone needs to start making life changes, like nutrition, training, people they associate with, etc, that they must start subtracting things as step one in this process. This concept originally made sense, because in order to make changes, you have to eliminate the problems one way or another. What I found was, instead of living with the idea that we have to give up things, lets just focus on abundance by only focusing on adding what we want into our own world. When the good comes in to your life, it leaves less room for the bad.
For the sake of this blog, we are going to discuss this concept by relating it to Nutrition. You'll actually see how well this idea could work for other areas of your fitness goals and life goals after reading it.
When starting a diet, what do you think of first? Maybe it's "I got to cut out pop" (or soda if you're from the rest of the country), or "I have to eliminate fast food," or "I have to cut out carbs, I love carbs though," or "I need to stop drinking so much." Do any of these sound familiar? If so, keep reading...
What does good nutrition look like to you? I'm not talking about a certain diet trend. Because diet trends tend to take things out of your diet, the opposite of what we're trying to do. I'm just talking about, eating healthy foods that will make you feel great and perform and recover from your workouts! Lets call this Good Nutrition; meaning lean protein sources, unprocessed non-sugary carbs, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fat sources. This is the Good Nutrition we are talking about!
So, say you're diet doesn't have much of these things in it. If they don't, don't get depressed, a lot of people struggle to eat like this. Most people skip breakfast, eat whatever for lunch with a pop, and who knows what dinners even look like. But, instead of focusing so hard on having to eliminate all of the problems with your diet, focus on simply adding in the Good Nutrition. Yes, we're so accustom to having people tell us to give things up, but rather are barely ever told to simply add Good Nutrition.
What happens when you just add in Good Nutrition? Well you'll automatically will be forcing out bad foods that you'd normally eat. We only have 24 hours in a day and you can only want to eat so much. Drink water all day long, add in breakfast, add lean protein to your lunch and dinner, eat some fruit as a snack between meals, throw in a protein shake after your workout. Did you see that? All we said was, ADD IN. By the time the day is done, you won't even be hungry, in fact you may not feel hungry at all during the day and will probably have more energy than you know what to do with.
You now have all this Good Nutrition in our life, what should you expect? Well, as long as you're working within your daily calorie balance (eating towards your goals with healthy amounts), you'll likely be increasing your metabolism and combined with good training you'll be feeling better than ever. Keep in mind, YOU WILL BE ABLE to have cheat meals during the week without sabotaging your progress too much if you're eating Good Nutrition frequently throughout the day and training hard. General rule of thumb, the more extreme the goals, the stricter you have to be!
I hope you now can see, by adding in Good it basically automatically pushes out the Bad for you without having to really thinking about giving something up. When you're more focused on the positive things that will help you, it leaves less time worrying about the negative. I also now hope that you can see how this idea can help you in other areas of your life too!
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Physical Prep Coach & Owner of Joel Younkins Training.