August 11th, 2009
by Jodi · Filed Under: Nutrition
You know I am all about inner beauty because it is what facilitates your outer beauty. And you know that inner beauty comes from a balanced, healthy diet with fabulous training. And I’m sure that by now you probably know that I shoot straight from the hip and will do whatever is necessary to get your attention. You may have even picked up on the fact that I may know a thing or two about nutrition. Well it is time to start putting all those traits together to make some learning magic.
Welcome to the first of one of many series I will be hosting on my blog. From time to time I will introduce a new topic that I will cover in bite size pieces so you can really learn something from it and then take something useful away with you. I do not have any worries about giving you useful information and I hope you do not mind receiving it! I also hope you don’t mind that I’m going to be pretty silly while giving you the info, too. You know I’m a clown.;o)
No matter who I am speaking with, food is an issue. Let me say that again b/c you may be in denial: food. is. an. issue! It could be planning it, controlling it, liking it, eating it, sharing it (that’s mine–back it down cuz forks hurt when they hit your hand!lol), who knows what *it* is, just know that “it” is many people’s source of stress. Thus, success demands that you will to have to be a Jack of all trades and a master of none. I say master of none simply because people tend to beat themselves up when they are not “perfect” at something and I honestly do not expect any one to be perfect at anything food related.
Dieting (meaning the act of planning and controlling one’s nutrient intake) is hard. No doubt about it. Ask anyone, whether they are a seasoned athlete or a mom just wanting to be hot again, what they are doing that day for a workout and they will give you great detail (whether you wanted it or not). They can tell you what time they are going, how long it should take, what weights they like to use…etc. They can even tell you when they last made a change to their workout and what effects they got from the change. Let me just quickly add that I am referring to those folks that really are interested in looking good–you know…you! Anyway, they are like a walking workout journal. But if you ask that same person what they are eating and when the last time they changed what they have been eating, they look at you like you just asked them if you can lick their spoon for them (what a nasty thought…ewww).
Now don’t get me wrong, they will tell you they eat “healthy” or “clean” or whatever–and they most likely do. But they also eat the same thing day in and day out because they don’t want to, or do not know how to: menu plan. That’s right, I just said it. Menu Planning. What are you going to do about it? Hide under a chair and act like I just didn’t bring that topic up? Menu Planning. Said it again! And I meant it too. Haha!
So let’s stop this awful practice of eating the same thing over and over again and just learn how to plan a menu, rotate some foods in and out, count some macros and etc. We’ll take it step by step beginning with the layout. How does that sound to you? Let me know before I roll this Cadillac worth of information out on this blog and scare some of you into hibernation. How about we do it over a 4 day period–maybe 3 if we’re feeling adventurous. We can put a few days in between so you may have time to digest the info and try a few things. You have one day to say yay or nay…so what you say?