When you've been in the fitness, health & wellness industry for over 10 years, you do a lot of reflecting on past programs, clients & advice.
In fact, I do this everyday after I've interacted with patients, taught a CrossFit class or responded to an email from an online nutrition client.
"What did I do well?"
"What can I do better next time?"
I often ask myself in an effort to always show up with a growth mindset.
I still remember the worst nutrition advice I ever gave a client.
"Cut out the wine."
I said after a thorough analysis of my client's
weekly dietary habits and her weight loss goals.
"I can't do that!" my client exclaimed.
"I love a glass of red wine with my girlfriends on the weekend, or
with my husband after a long work week up at the cottage!"
"It's empty calories." I replied sincerely.
"It's gotta go if you want to really make a change."
Ugh! I wasn't being flexible at all.
Young Alli was providing this info with the best of intentions for the clients goals. After all, alcohol is empty calories that doesn't do much for satiety, and packs on calories easily in a day. What I was missing, however, is flexibility with my client's diet.
If I could go back in time. This is how the conversation would go now.
"Let's start tracking your wine intake." I would suggest.
"What do you mean?" my client would respond.
"You've said a glass or two of red wine is important to you. But so are your fitness & nutrition goals. Let's make the red wine work for you and not against you by fitting it into your day. By tracking the amount of wine you drink, as well as the amount of carbs, fats and protein you eat in a day - we can make sure that you are not exceeding your caloric needs and stay on track towards your goals"
"Sounds difficult!!" My client responds.
"It's really not. It takes a bit of time to learn how to accurately weigh and measure your food, as well as log it. But any new skill takes a bit of time to do. If you're serious about your goals, and serious about your wine, it's totally worth it. You won't have to give up anything.... you'll just have to plan appropriately, and eat proper portions sizes."
"Where do I sign up?" she would respond ;)
note: this client is still training with me 7 years later! She didn't ditch me, although I've ditched the rigid nutrition advice for a much more flexible and sustainable approach!
- Dr. Alli
The next 21 day challenge starts November 7th. This is a replay of the successful September 21-day challenge that saw over 80lbs & 100" lost and more importantly, a better approach to nutrition adopted by many! I hope you'll join me!
P.P.S if you want to learn more about fitting alcohol into your macros, click here.