With so many diets, plans, and promises out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. So, when it comes to fueling your body, how do you know what’s best to put in the tank?
Here are a few simple, practical tips to fuel your body:
Don’t make rules – set guidelines.
Many people try specific diet plans and end up failing after only a week or two. Why? Because many diets are too restrictive. The rules don’t leave room for any missteps.
If you’re in the process of changing your eating habits so that you’re eating healthier, more nutritious foods, then you may need to be more strict with making your food choices. However, rather than following hard and fast rules for what you eat each day, set guidelines. For example:
- Avoid packaged or processed food.
- Limit or eliminate sugary treats or desserts.
- Eat more colorful foods.
Align your food choices with your personal fitness goals.
Part of the goal-setting process is to come up with a plan for how you’ll accomplish your fitness and performance goals. The foods you eat should be included as part of that plan, and yet it’s often overlooked.
For example, let’s say your goal is to run a half marathon. You find a race to sign up for and a training plan to follow. But what about your food choices? Are they bringing you closer to your goal or hindering the process?
No matter what your goals might be, choose foods that will help you fuel the process. Eating healthy, nutritious foods is like filling your tank with premium gasoline. With the proper fuel, you’re more likely to be focused, productive, and motivated to keep moving forward and achieve your goals.
Remember that food is fuel. And the more often you choose to fuel your body with wholesome, nutritious foods, the more likely you are to maintain your energy levels, mood, and motivation.