I am often asked why I place such a precedence on mindset and awareness training with my nutrition consulting business. "I just need to know my macro numbers, I don't need to work on changing my habits!"
I get it. It can be uncomfortable to turn inward and dig deep. But chances are, there is something you are regularly doing that is working again you and your goals. Identifying this, and then working to change it is paramount to seeing sustainable success with macros. Your mind controls the choices you make for what you eat. Learning to control your mind will allow you to make better food choices.
I've been invested in learning and implementing more mindfulness practises, journaling and meditation into my life for the past year. I am not perfect, but I am making progress. Every so often I will find myself reacting to a situation in the exact opposite way I know that I should, or abandoning my daily practises that have led me to success for no reason. It's a constant recommitment to myself.
I can be guilty of always living in the next moment.
"I'll be happier when I graduate"
"I'll be happier once I purchase my next house"
"I'll be happy once I get my new car"
"I'll be happier when I pay off my student loans"
This is how life passes by. Where did the years go? Did I take any time to enjoy myself?
Working with people on their nutrition is the same thing. Reacting to a situation in the opposite way then know they should, or abandoning healthy practises and losing sight of the goal they have set. Mindset + nutrition go hand in hand. You cannot have nutritional success without working on your mindset.
As it pertains to nutrition...
"I'll be happier when I lose 5lbs"
"I'll be happier when I get back to my college weight"
"I'll be happier once the kids are older so I can get back to my routine."
When it comes to achieving better health, nutrition & fitness - you must remind yourself that success comes from the INSIDE. There is no perfect diet, best workout or ideal timing.... none of this can exist without a mindset shift. Your attitude, not outside variables are the deciding factor for your outcome.
Emotions play a huge role in the consistency that we apply to what we eat on a daily basis. Our habits are a choice. If your habits do not line up with your goals, then your habits must change. It's not easy. It's entirely a mental game. To change your habits first requires an awareness of what's leading you away from your goals, and then interrupting that pattern every time you identify yourself performing it. It's a constant recommitment to yourself.
When someone succeeds, it is not because they've found the perfect workout, the best diet or the timing was just right..... people are not successful because they have the best macros numbers. People are successful because they have cultivated the proper mindset and apply that as often as possible to their nutrition habits.
- Dr. Alli