Stop Giving Up and Start Adding In by BB
I am someone who struggles with my weight and struggles with staying consistent with my diet. Ugh, this is not something I like about myself. I love to learn about nutrition and new plans. I get really investing in starting and go all in but…I have the hardest time staying committed. I have tried so many things. I’ve tried things as extreme as complete meal plans and group sessions all the way to Keto and everything in between. I am not someone who just drops weight easily so I really need to find a strategy that I can stick with.
I’m obsessed with Podcasts. Anybody else? My all time favorite is Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. They talk to famous people and experts on life. I really have enjoyed it and have learned so much about myself. One episode had Alanis Morrisette on and she was talking briefly about struggling with an eating disorder. She made a point of saying people would do so much better if they “added in!” Now this really struck me. I have, a million times over, tried restricting myself and I just can’t keep it going. I cheat once, then twice, then…I’m off the wagon. I then have shame and embarrassment which usually includes eating bad. It’s such a vicious cycle.
So my new approach is ADDING IN! I’m adding in more vegetables. I mean can you really ever eat too many vegetables? No you really can not. I am of course being aware of what I’m putting in my mouth. I’m trying to be aware of my carb intake, but I know I can’t say no carbs ever…it just doesn’t work for me. My husband is on board too which totally helps! We do great together but we also cheat really well together. So it’s super important for us to do it together to truly be successful.
In order for me to be successful I need to prep and have veggies available. When I grocery shop I have been cleaning all my fruits and veggies right away! I have a similar veggie tray to this one and it is a game changer for me. The veggies are cut and ready to eat raw or ready to cook. It's pretty great. I just keep it stocked in the fridge. And guess what?! My kids are eating more veggies too!
I'm also super thankful for bagged salad. It just makes it so easy to have a salad. I try to have chicken prepped and ready to eat. I either get a rotisserie chicken and shred it up or I cook up some chopped chicken breast in olive oil. (And my secret ingredient is to add a little butter when it's all done cooking. It really makes for some delicious chicken)
So instead of always saying I can't have that, I'm saying I am ADDING IN vegetables!!! It's taking something that has been so hard for me and filled with failure and turn it into a positive. It may just be a trick of words but it seems to be helping me stay positive. I get to ADD IN and enjoy! Anyone want to join me?!!
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2 thoughts on “Stop Giving Up and Start Adding In by BB”
I love Dax’s podcast. You may also like Joe Rogan, Tim Ferriss, and Melissa Ambrosini. I couldn’t agree more with Alanis! Instead of thinking “restrict”, think “add in!” Your tips are great. I’ll also add that quitting sugary drinks, even natural juices, is huge. I bring a hydroflask everywhere and fill it with water, tea, infusions, etc. I’ve added in so many of these other options that I don’t even miss sugary drinks. You can also get frozen veggies, or steamable veggies if you’re not up for a whole ordeal in the kitchen. That being said, adding in new healthy recipes and dishes really helps as you’ll have variety and be less likely to reach for something else.
Nathalia | NathaliaFit – Fitness & Wellness Blog
Thanks Nathalia! Good suggestions.