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Abs Are Made in the Kitchen



“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”  ~Spanish Proverb

STEP 1:

Forget dieting! I’ve been through the ups and downs of fad diets, starting in high school when my friend’s mom told me that fat was bad and I shouldn’t eat more than 10grams of fat per day… To the extremes of bikini fitness competitions. I’m not perfect, I’ve struggled A LOT with my eating habits. What helps me feel my best is when I shift my focus to loving myself and my body. I choose to consume high-quality food and make sure I have nutrient dense whole foods in my kitchen (lean proteins, veggies, fruits, nuts, grains) 

By having high quality nutrient dense food ready to eat, I am making sure my body, which I love, is getting the nutrients it needs to thrive, be productive, move better and feel fantastic. When I eliminate the pressure of dieting and focus on self love and food quality, I eliminate my desire to over eat. 

Out of sight, out of mind. Time to start eliminating items that no longer serve you. Having these suckers around will be tempt you to continue holding on the bad habits. Start with snack items, dressing, sauces, canned goods, processed food.

Read labels and discard items that contain:

Labels

Make it a happen of reading labels. Companies can sometimes be sneaky and hide. Words that should set give you a red flag include:

- Hidden sugars: corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, maltodextrin

A lengthy list of ingredients (even if it claims to be healthy)

Trans fat

Watch out for health claims such as all natural, wholesome, fat free, added vitamins, add minerals, low carb, no added sugar, high protein. On the surface these items seem like good options but you may find are not good quality items when you read the label

Too many food options have fogged our brains. I know when I have a variety of things to choose from it’s a lot harder for me to make a decision. When grocery shopping I make sure to go when I’m NOT hungry, I take a list and stick to food items in the perimeter of the store.

Majority of the UNNECESSARY stuff is located in the center isles. There are some specialty items you’ll need in the center items like olive oil, coconut oil, herbs and spices.

What you’ll find in the perimeter of the grocery store:

Lean meats (preferably grass fed, organic, not pumped with hormones or antibiotics) Chicken, beef, game

2) Whole grains

3) Fruits

4) Vegetables

5) Dairy

Stick to the basics :)