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"I'm going to eat healthy..."

When someone looks at you and tells you that they are trying to “eat healthy,” there are a few things that typically come to our minds. We might envision an endless supply of salads and green juice coupled with a feeling of constant restraint. We picture fad diets and cleanses that rid our bodies of all of the bad food that we previously enjoyed.

The truth is, these ideas surrounding healthy eating are inherently unhealthy! I know I know, I’m blowing your mind...and you might even be skeptical, but stick with me. When we approach the idea of healthy eating, we have to take a larger step back from solely thinking about food. Instead, we have to think about embarking on an overall healthier lifestyle.

An entire lifestyle change might seem intimidating, we understand. Throughout our blog we will discuss approaches to adding healthy habits to your life, but for now, let’s focus on food.

The first issue that we need to address is the idea of good vs. bad foods. If we start to picture our foods this way it can garner this feeling of guilt if we decide to eat something “bad.” There is no place for food guilt in a well-rounded lifestyle. The feelings that become associated with eating bad foods can put us in a mentality that is ultimately harmful to our well-being.

One way that we can change the narrative around good and bad foods is to think of your eating habits as good and bad habits. Your good habits would include drinking an appropriate amount of water each day, eating breakfast within an hour of waking up and eating replenishing your body with fuel after a workout. You might notice that none of those habits focus on a specific type of food that you are eating and that is the whole point. Don’t get us wrong, we don’t live in a world where we believe that Kale and Kit-Kats have the same nutritional benefits. We do, however, operate in a world where we encourage you to enjoy that Kit-Kat if you want it--just in moderation.

In our upcoming blog posts we will focus on various good habits that can help you to embark on the type of lifestyle change the comes with the ambition to be truly and wholly healthy. We hope that you will join us next week to learn more!

If you are interested in learning more, we invite you to join us Saturday, September 29 for our National Family Health and Fitness Day. We are hosting a family friendly workout class beginning at 9:15 and after the class we will be joined by Kyla Gavlin, licensed Nutritionist and Dietitian. She will speak to us after our class ends at 10:15 about different fad diets and how to go about creating a healthy lifestyle change! Follow the link to our event to RSVP, and sign up here on the website or on our app. Hope to see you and your family there!