All or nothing

When it comes to eating right I have seen a lot and a I have heard a lot over the last 20+ years as a personal trainer and coach. A lot of good and a lot of not so good. Some things that make me go….

huh

Today I want to share a theme that I hear way too much and, to be honest, it drives me INSANE.

Its the “all or nothing” crowd. You know the people I’m talking about. It’s the people that can’t eat gluten or can’t have sugar or artificial sweeteners or…. you get the picture. (Obviously some people have condidtions and issues that are truly serious. I am not talking about those people here. I am talking about the people that have this issue one month then mysteriously they don’t…)

Do you know the person?

This is the person that is “paleo” or “vegetarian” or “Atkins”. There are lots of different ways to be “all or nothing”. I’ll give you a couple of examples.

I had a lady tell me once that she is “allergic” artificial sweeteners so she can’t drink Spark. Somehow this “all or nothing” don’t apply to drinking alcohol on the weekends (mixed drinks are loaded with artificial sweeteners) or smoking cigarettes. Does that even make sense?

I saw on Facebook one day a couple of CrossFit ladies checked in a a burger joint and ordered a hamburger with no bun and were excited that was somehow “paleo”. I kid you not.

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Another person commented a Facebook recently that she only had “organic” trailmix. Same person was passing out because she didn’t have enough calories. True story.

I want to keep today’s post short but I want to make an important point.

Eating right isn’t about being a nut job. Eating right isn’t about trying to be the smartest person in the room and knowing what all the ingredients are in each package of foot. Eating right and being healthy isn’t about impressing your friends because you are somehow smarter then they are because you are eating “paleo” or some other fad diet that is the new and best thing.

If you want to be healthy you need to eat good food. You need to balance enjoying life with putting good things in your body often. It’s not the bad food that will get you, it’s the lack of good food. (This is a whole blog post in itself!)

The point I’m trying to make is this: balance your life. Enjoy your life. Does that make it OK to eat like middle school kid with a pocket full of change who walks by a convenience store every morning before school (yeah…that was me!)? Of course not!

You don’t need to be “all or nothing” to be healthy. You don’t need to be strict and you don’t need to be obsessive. These habits are setting you up to fail in this day and age.

We nourish ourselves to perform at optimal levels. Be smart and be consistent with making good decisions but don’t go crazy. The closer you are to the edge the more likely you will fall off the cliff.

Hope that makes sense. Email me if you have questions. We are here to help.

Rick Copley 352-989-6795 rick@nolimitsfitness.me
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