Wondering how us athlete types are able to stay on the healthy food wagon 100% of the time? Guess what–we don’t. Ok, maybe I shouldn’t speak for all of us, but personally I just cannot eat perfectly all the time–it’s just not realistic. I love food. Chocolate, wine, pizza, beer, the list goes on. Part of the reason I run is to have a little wiggle room to partake in these indulgences and still be fit enough to call myself an athlete.
So after a cycle of strict Paleo where I felt the best I’ve felt in awhile, I fell into a little funk of going back to work (teacher!) combined with Halloween, and inconsistent running to top it off.
I recently turned myself around to the point where I don’t even want to see another Snickers bar anymore. I now crave healthy foods and am on the road to feeling fantastic once again.
Even with Thanksgiving tomorrow, I’m in a place where I want to enjoy my favorites in moderation–not overindulge on sugary treats. I also happen to think traditional Thanksgiving dishes lend themselves to plenty of healthy choices–just take it easy on the pie!
Identify delicious healthy food. Not bland boring ‘healthy’ food (think rice cakes and such) but find the full flavor, healthy fat, real food. Figure out what works and be sure to always have it on hand.
I know that I always need homemade mayo and avocado because they make chicken so much more flavorful and exciting.
I feel so #Paleo! I made my own mayo with the guidance of @soniathehealthyfoodie 👏🏻 It was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done and my husband will be thrilled to have his precious mayonnaise back! I made a ‘naked’ version just to see how it turned out (and so I wouldn’t be too disappointed if I ruined it!), but there are endless, yummy possibilities that I can’t wait to explore 👍🏻
Once you’ve figured out the healthy foods you actually love, be sure to always have them on hand. I almost didn’t want chicken the other night because I didn’t have my mayo and didn’t have eggs–huge meal prep fail, but at least I made a good decision and prepared chicken anyway. It wasn’t as satisfying, but I’ll consider it a lesson learned!
Stay away from the sugary treats. I can speak from experience when I say one leads to two, and two leads to more, and before you know it your body is craving the next sugar fix. Don’t let your yourself go down that slippery (sugary) slope. Invest in healthier alternatives like individually wrapped dark chocolate squares, raisin and almond mix, or coconut chips. I also try to sip green tea at night to combat any cravings.
This works for me, and hopefully these strategies can work for you too. We are all a work in progress, but being self aware and finding strategies that work are key to living a fit, balanced life.
What works for you?
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