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Why K.I.S.S.?



 

You’ve heard it before, I’m sure – keep it stupid simple (or switch the last two words but we’re going to stick with the kinder sounding one). It’s easier said than done sometimes, especially with alllll the information about fitness and healthy out there, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. In fact, we would argue that it’s especially important in building your habits in your ever healthier lifestyle!

Why?

Because real life doesn’t accommodate complicated.

We know that seems so straight forward but think of this post as a reminder of something we’re sure you already know. There are certainly plenty of benefits of going organic, paleo, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, non GMO, etc. when it comes to your nutrition. Pushing yourself in competitions, races, and new challenges on the physical fitness side is awesome too. We’ve got nothing against any of that and we’re all constantly learning about and incorporating what we learn into our daily lives in a way that’s reasonable for each of us personally. For most of us, following a strict nutrition plan is too much meal prep, cuts out too many social events, and can begin to feel like a burden. (Although if you’ve figured out how to live with an ultra-clean nutrition plan, we’d love some of your tips!)

In general though, we recommend keeping it stupid simple. It’s gotta be a lifestyle you can maintain on a daily basis otherwise you’re likely to give up on it all together.

Some of our practical tips for keeping it stupid simple:

  • Focus on veggies, lean meat, dark berries, fewer carbs, and no more than 5 ingredients on the nutrition label as often as possible.
  • Make it your goal to workout in some way for half an hour a day at least 5 days a week.
  • When in doubt, drink water.
  • Don’t be afraid to make the same meals for every day of the week – or at least for every workday breakfast and lunch. This makes meal prep so much easier!
  • Find a good set of 5 meals you really like and rotate through them.
  • Buy the prewashed and precut veggies and fruits if the prep time is what’s keeping you from eating your produce. 
  • Stick to recipes with cooking instructions that boil down to “throw it all in one pot / pan / dish and cook / bake”. Fewer dishes to clean up later makes cooking and meal prep feel like less of a chore.
  • Buy the premeasured packs of things like nuts and other snacks so you don't overestimate how much is "1 serving"

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