Everywhere we go, in real life and virtually, everyone is talking about “healthy living.” This is great, but what exactly does this mean and how exactly do you achieve ‘that’ if it’s not how you do things currently? My intent with this post is to address both; also to leave you with some tangible takeaways that you can implement right now to start living healthy.
So I know I just told you I was going to define “healthy living” but, I can’t really. It’s so subjective. What’s “healthy” to me, might not make the cut in your book or vice versa. But here’s what I can tell you: healthy living can be shame- and stress-free… if you *let it* be. And practice it. Every. Single. Day.
Eat less + exercise more = more results, more quickly; yes? Actually, no.
The eat less, exercise more model of dieting is old school. It may have worked for you in the past, but that was then and this is now. And, we know more now than we did then. So, why not begin implementing that knowledge to finally achieve that which we desire?
Because in terms of sustainable fat loss, it’s about eating more of the right things more often, not less. Let nutrition be the gross control; exercise the fine control – a tool we can use to shape the body. We cannot out train consistently poor nutrition. Period. Bottom line. And even if we can for a period, doesn’t mean that we should. Because if we cannot sustain it we cannot expect sustainable results to match.
We love convenience in this fast-paced world we live in, don’t we? It’s 2016, we’re busy and constantly on-the-go. And, if it’s not convenient, it’s likely not, er a whole lot less likely to happen. Our diet is no exception.
Enter: convenience eating. Just take a look at grocery store shelves; ‘that’ is convenience. ’That’ is also likely packaged, non-perishable (this is NOT a good thing) and laden with unhealthy fat, sugar and cals (also, chemicals) that we don’t need. In other words, highly processed. But you know what else is convenient? Real food fuel in bar form.
It’s no secret that we are proponents of JERF: Just.Eat.Real.Food. It’s simple, it’s satisfying and therefore, sustainable. Sustainable approach ==> sustainable results. We JERF because it makes us feel good, look good and perform better. And, with so much less stress at that.
But, let’s face it. While we encourage real food fuel, no doubt, sometimes convenience trumps. Are you busy and constantly on-the-go with neither the time nor interest in crazy restrictive meal plans and extensive meal preps that have you hauling Tupperware… everywhere? Yeah, we hear you. Us, too. But, we don’t *let that* stop us from JERF-ing. We’ve got a protein-packed, nutrient-dense solution
Regardless of what your diet looks like (and by diet, I mean the food you eat; not dieting), I know you’ve heard the term “healthy living” thrown around the boundlessness that is the worldwide web. #cleaneating and #eatclean, for example, have just shy of 1.5 and 2.0 million tags on Instagram, respectively. But what exactly does this mean and more importantly, WHY should we care? It’s no secret that eating well promotes healthy aging and longevity. We know that. And while those are fantastic reasons to “eat clean,” there is so much more to it than that.