Kale chips, kale salad, pickled kale, chocolate covered kale, kale popsicles, kale drinks, kale smoothies, kale cookbooks. Just stop it with the kale already.
During your journey in becoming a healthier, more energetic version of yourself, are you forcing foods that you loathe onto your kicking and screaming palate just because you read something that says you should? Did you buy a treadmill because it was on sale because your spouse suggested you do it (“Oh. No. He. Did. Not.”) while it sits in the corner of your forgotten guest bedroom collecting dust bunnies that get more action out of it than the soles of your feet? Why do we do this to ourselves?
The good news is, you don’t have to. New research suggests that if you are carrying more fat on your belly than you would like, as long as you are making consistent changes to your diet and exercise lifestyle that result in the obtaining and maintaining of a weight that YOU feel good about, it actually doesn’t matter if you make the changes to your diet OR your exercise routines. You can do one, the other, or both! Oh, the beauty of many options! Most of the time, I hate having too many options because my mind gridlocks and I stand there like Patrick, confused, bewildered and not knowing what to do.
You know what, though? When it comes to your health, I truly think that too many options is a wonderful thing. It gives you the freedom to discover what works for YOU, not what’s working for your annoyingly skinny friend. Make your own path.
Hate keeping a food journal? Then just DON’T!
I hate kale and I also hate gyms. So you know what I do? I eat other green foods that I love and I run outside, because sunshine and the open blue sky lift my mood and make me happy.
Make a choice that you love and feel good about when you embark on a weight loss journey. Don’t settle for what you think you’re supposed to do or what society thinks you should do.
Is there a “best” way to go about it? I happen to have my own opinions as a nutrition expert about what the “best” way is, but luckily I have wisdom as a health professional to know that my best way is not everyone’s best way! Need help finding your best way? Want to better your health, but don’t really know where to start or what options are out there? Contact Sarah for some guidance!