01 Apr 10 Thoughts on Nutrition: When Erica Drops Some Harsh Honesty
As if my prose weren’t harsh enough, I decided to write a brutally honest article on nutrition.
These tips have worked for me, my clients, online clients, athletes, family members, friends and ex boyfriends. So yeah. That’s how you know they’re legit.
Before I get into the meat and potatoes of this post (no pun intended), let me start with this: if curse words bother you, stop reading.
If you’re still reading, 1) Thank you 2) Congratulations. You’re not a sensitive prick. 3) Here’s a virtual fist pound *pounds fist at computer screen*.
Funny enough, nutrition is a subject that requires passion and fire behind it (and curse words for extra emphasis). Why?
Because so many people fuck it up.
On a side note: can someone keep a tally of the number of F bombs I drop in this article? K thanks.
F bombs: 1, Erica being politically correct: zero.
Setting my sailor mouth aside (well sort of), here are 20 thoughts on nutrition. Hope they resonate.
1.) Keto diets work for weight loss if…
…you’re in a caloric deficit. I don’t care how many eggs, cheese platters, lamb intestines and organic gouda you eat.
Given you’re resistance training a few times a week, meditating to regulate stress levels, sleeping, having sex, doing cardio, and achieving a caloric deficit, yes, keto will work.
At the end of the day, calories matter. If you’re paleo, vegan, vegetarian, or keto, energy in versus energy out is where the magic happens.
2.) People who sell keto products aren’t legit.
Speaking of keto, what a great segue to my next point.
In the past month, I’ve received LinkedIn messages from pyramid schemers trying to sell me keto weight loss supplements. And you know what? I’m calling bullshit on all of them.
As much as I want to say fuck off, my default response is this: “I spend $30 a week on real food at the super market, cook my own meals, and I’m more ripped than Hope Solo. Why would I spend hundreds a month on supplements?”
3.) Okay, not all supplements are bad.
Some degree of nutritional discipline is needed if you want to stay healthy. Given the hectic lives we live, it can be tough to have healthy options on-hand, so it’s okay to resort to supplements, namely, meal replacement shakes.
Especially if you have the disposable income to do so, by all means, stock up.
One meal replacement product I enjoy is Isagenix Dutch Chocolate Shake. It’s filling, it’s nutritious, it’s easy on-the-go, and it doesn’t taste like dirt from the Earth.
Also, I’m not an Isagenix associate, which should say a lot. ;-O
4.) You don’t need to eat your entire meal.
Most people run into this problem when they eat out. Especially in America, restaurant portions for a single person could feed 5 people.
With that said, you don’t have to eat you entire meal.
A rule of thumb I like to follow when eating out: eat until you’re satisfied, not until you hate yourself.
5.) Vegan desserts aren’t healthy.
Just because they’re vegan, doesn’t mean they’re low calorie. More often than not, vegan treats like doughnuts, cookies, brownies, and cupcakes are just as bad as eating a box of Oreos in one sitting.
6.) A weekend of bad eating won’t destroy you.
Sure, you may hate yourself after binge eating, but it won’t make or break your body. The best thing you can do is dial in the next day, hydrate up, use those carbs as fuel for a workout, and move on with your life.
In fact, after my extra calorie days, I use those calories to propel a high intensity workout like this:
Surprise: I’ll crush my workout.
Thank you, carbs.
7.) See food as a gift.
Being grateful is always a game changer in anything in life, so why not put this into practice when eating food?
Eat slowly, say thanks, be mindful of what you’re putting into your body, and enjoy your meal without gobbling it down in less than 10 seconds.
8.) Eat the same thing you do on Saturday as you do on Monday.
Okay. I know this is soooooooooo difficult, but no matter what day of the week it is, if your health is important to you, you don’t have designated days when you eat like a pig.
Of course, something like this takes practice. Give it a try for a month and I promise the results will be nothing short of amazing.
9.) Eat salads that fill you up.
I’ve always been a salad eater. However, when I first started eating healthy, my salads had little substance and flavor to them. Basically, I was eating leaves with twigs and seeds, which was not enough to fill up an active soccer player like myself.
As I listened to my body’s needs, I began eating salads with more protein, whether that’s chicken or fish, and a plethora of vegetables beyond just the lettuce leaves.
Salads are only good for weight loss if they fill you up.
This way, your stomach won’t be growling for toxic cravings later on.
10.) Think of food as energy.
What foods deplete your energy? What foods elevate your energy? Yeah. Eat the foods that make you want to grab life by the balls.
Alas, this is another tip in mindful eating: we should be aware of the substances we are putting into our bodies. Therefore, eat foods that light a fire under your ass and make you shout to the world, “let’s fucking do this.”
So there’s 10 nutritional insights.
Did you learn something new? Did you get inspired to turn healthy eating into a lifestyle? Did you tally my F bombs?
Thank you for reading and keeping tabs.