It’s time for us all to let go of the idea of low calorie diets and begin to understand what it means to truly nourish ourselves.
Consuming natural, whole food sources that provide lean protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats for our bodies to run efficiently is the best place to start. Clean, unprocessed foods will fill us up faster and give us what we need to feel and be balanced.
Does that mean we have to stop enjoying food from now on? No. In fact, it can be enjoyable to eat clean, natural foods, we just have to try it consistently enough to develop the habit.
Does that mean we NEVER indulge and we give up alcohol forever and ONLY eat and drink natural food sources? No. Straying that far away from whatever you enjoy now will not be realistic nor sustainable.
Does that mean we TRY to make healthy food choices at LEAST 80-90% of the time and make a consistent effort to limit our indulgences to only 10% of the time? Absolutely!
Start with whatever you typically eat and drink now and then make adjustments from there. Be aware of what you enjoy, why you enjoy it and who or where you happen to be when you do. Then you can identify when indulgence becomes more than that 10-20% of your daily, weekly and monthly habits and you can start opting some of them out for healthy alternatives.
Once we see how food can nourish us and we choose to do so 90% of the time (especially combined with muscle-building physical activity) calories no longer become the issue or a concern.