Different Strokes for Different Folks!
Eating plan. Nutrition plan. Eating for Performance. Diet (I hate using that word).
You can call it what you want. It all comes down to what method you use for choosing to consume the foods you do. Or maybe there is not method for you and that is the problem.
It is a confusing world to live in when it comes figuring out what you should be eating. Paleo. Keto. Vegan. Whole 30. Macros. Intermittent Fasting. And that doesn’t even touch the surfaces of all the possibilities you can find.
Then there is this thought: Is “should” really the right word when discussing this? Is there really one way that works for every person? Or is each person an individual, responding different to different foods?
You do an online search, talk to your friends, or talk to your coaches or fellow athletes, and each person will give you a different answer. This could be because it is all that individual knows or it is what worked for that person. On top of that, those individuals can get very defensive at times about the plan that worked for them. This leaves it even harder to figure out what is best for YOU.
So, how do you figure this all out?
There are 5 key things to think about: your body, lifestyle, habits, mindset, and family.
Every body responds differently to different foods. Some respond great to carbohydrates for fuel, but others feel fatigued with a high carb food intake. Some use fats for fuel better than carbohydrates, while other don’t digest food well with a high fat content on a regular basis.
Then you have to think about some of the common allergen and intolerance foods, including dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, and gluten. Depending on how your body responds to those will also be a contributor in determining what the correct nutrition plan is for you.
Just because your training partner does great with eating one way, does not mean that will work for you.
Does your lifestyle allow you to eat a certain way? Or maybe the better question to ask is does it keep you from eating a certain way? Are you able to eat regularly throughout the day? Or are you limited in only being able to eat at certain times because of your job or other activities?
Another part to this is thinking about what you can maintain in regards to the foods you are eating. Changing up how you are eating is truly a lifestyle change. If you want it to be successful, it needs to be something that you can maintain, long term, not something that you can only handle for 2-3 months and then feel like you need to switch it up.
Habits, both good and bad, can play a roll in this as well, but this can be twofold. Is it a good habit and something that will be helpful? Is it a bad habit and, if so, are you willing to change and work to get rid of that habit.
If you have a habit or routine that you enjoy but know is not beneficial, you need to decide if you are willing to change or not. If not, that will also assist in determining what plan you are willing to follow.
Mindset is huge in all areas of your life and this is no different. If you aren’t ALL IN to the decisions and choices you are making in regards to your nutrition, you will not be successful. You need to be 100% invested in this change, at least in the beginning. Once it becomes a normal lifestyle to you, it will be easier to be a little lenient at times and get back on track. But if you are not fully invested in the beginning, you are more likely to fail.
When deciding to make lifestyle changes, especially when it comes to what you are eating, you need your family on board. If they are not supportive and are offering you foods you should not be eating, then you will not be very successful. Also, if they are not willing to adapt in some ways, then meals will also be difficult. Yes, many times you can make it work if you are eating different foods than your family, but not always. If they are not on board, it will cause more stress, frustration, and once again, less likely to succeed.
So, now that you have that information, do you know what you need to do for YOU? If not, pick up this FREE GUIDE to get started on your journey. You can find it at www.getyourfixnutrition.com.
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