Three meals a day aren't needed to push through the entire day. Unfortunately, society has set our minds to require three big meals or five small meals daily. Do we need food? Absolutely, but a lot isn't necessary to keep us going. Although food is the primary source to keep us going, it can also stop us if we're not mindful.
If vigorous activities are a part of your workout regimen, this discussion may not be for you. Intense workouts increase the need for body fuel. Every calorie you intake will be counted for something and not noticing that we're taking in more than we can burn. There a few tips to help you begin your "nutrition" journey.
1. Know your body!
Learning and listening to your body is very important. Know your body fat, muscle mass, hydration, bone mass, and know your weight! A lot of us don't want to because we don't want to face reality. But this is YOUR body! Listen to it and be kind to it.
2. Eat ONLY when you're hungry.
Some of us eat out of boredom; some of us are emotional or mental eaters, and some of us love to eat. We listen to our minds more than our bodies. Sometimes our minds can tell us to eat for numerous reasons, but none of those reasons are "hunger," Speaking from experience, when we're hungry, our bodies ache and cramp a little, which leads to becoming lightheaded and weak. Some of us become angry or annoyed. (Raised hand- LOL).
3. Unhealthy Cravings: Notice & Avoid
Cravings are very tricky. Unhealthy cravings are my weakness. It's okay to have our snacks here and there; sometimes, we find joy there. But it is our responsibility to make sure we don't go overboard. For example, I like to carry chewing gum and have water near me. We have that freedom to do so; why not?
4. Stay true to yourself!
Transparency is an essential trait that will get us through this journey. We need to acknowledge our weaknesses and strengths. Notice our surrounding realities and set realistic goals. Also, accept what you can and can not control. Read 2 Corinthians 12:9(NLT); this will allow you to see the power of God work at HIS best.
5. Invest in yourself.
Begin to know what type of foods your body needs and what it doesn't need. Learn and know more about nutrition.
Self-education is key. Remember, this is a process, not a quick fix. "There shouldn't price tag on your health."
Pray for wisdom, guidance, and direction. Philippians 4:13 reminds us that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us. Yes, we can, and we can't do it without HIM.
Please comment below and share your thoughts and opinions. God Bless.
Resources: "Weight Training for Women" Noelle, Brittany. 2020