March 14, 2023
On the podcast this week, we are going to get honest about our diet by asking the question “are you REALLY sticking to your diet like you say you are?”
Now before you hit pause, hang with me. This episode might be a bit of a gut punch, but I think it’s an important conversation.
When I chat with my one on one clients, oftentimes there is this conversation of “I wrote down everything, but it’s not making sense. I still don’t fit into my clothes, but I’m doing all of the things”
But when we dig in a little further, things start to make sense.
Hang with me as I’m going to give you some questions to ask yourself when it comes to getting honest about your diet.
Honesty When Tracking Your Food
If you are someone who is tracking your food, ie, macros, calories, or food journaling… are you really logging everything? Yes, I’m talking about that bite of your kid’s peanut butter and jelly, that cookie you grabbed from your kids’ leftovers, and the alcoholic beverage you had last night with dinner.
Why do those things matter? Little things like that add up.
Sure, you can look back at your day and say, “I hit my calories perfectly,” but you didn’t log that 200-calorie glass of wine.
What’s more important? Having a true picture of what’s going on or hitting your calorie goal so your app congratulates you.
Honesty When it Comes to How You’re Feeling
When I work with my clients one-on-one, we don’t often look at things from a calorie or macro perspective, but we do a lot of times look at it from a food journal perspective. I can see a perfect food journal but when I start to ask more questions, that’s when the real stories come out.
Not in a bad way, but digging in more tells us a lot more about what is going on.
Let’s pretend we are reviewing the food log of someone named Alexa. Alexa has a problem with dairy, but she just loves cheese so much. 10-15 meals a week have some kind of cheese in them, but when she’s filling out her food journal, she never marks those meals as feeling off afterward.
But bloating is still an issue; the weights are not falling off, she’s still tired, and something’s still not right.
She knows that if she were to eliminate the cheese, she would most likely see the change, but cheese is so good.
This is where honesty comes in. Alexa has to make a decision. Does she want to continue to feel the way she is or does she want to say goodbye to cheese for a little bit to see how her body responds?
Honesty With Yourself About Your Diet & Goals
Last but not least… there’s being honest with yourself.
Do your current diet, and goals fit your current season of life?
Questions To Ask Yourself:
- Should you slow down your weight loss goal to fit in this season
- Do you have time to move your body 5-6 days a week, or should you shift it to 3-4 days a week?
- Should you be meal prepping more than you are?
- Are you really sleeping enough?
- Does your budget allow for the type of food you should be eating to hit your goals?
This does NOT mean giving up on your goals. This means maybe it’s time to change some things up. Maybe instead of aiming to lose 10 lbs by Summer, we shift that goal to 5… or we take the number out of the equation altogether and focus on habit-based goals.
Not to be blunt but no one else can do the work for you. Shifting to a healthy lifestyle takes time and it takes energy. There are little changes that can be made that add up to big results over time and there are big changes that can be made that can add up to big results a little faster.
Each person has their own season of life and it’s important to be honest with yourself in your current season… not the season you *think* you should be in.
Are you being honest?