“Oh please, you can eat anything you want and never get fat.” or “You should totally eat that; your so skinny.” are really statements that should be responded with “You’re really fat, you shouldn’t be eating that.”. For some people it may be polite behavior or perhaps jealousy of not saying it to themselves instead, but the truth of the matter is its all baloney.
Leave out all the fluff and niceness about it and ultimately there is a choice with everything. Now I’m not saying that genetics and environment don’t play a role. What I am saying is that those things are NOT the concluding factors nor should they be used as an excuse for the way you are. For those of us who have some genetic “handicaps” (me included) when it comes to weight management and who are consistently surrounded by “bad” choices (me again) I’m here to tell you to hike up your skirt and suck it up.
We all make life altering choices all day every day, and nutrition is no different. Please make no mistake about it, it can be very very difficult to eat responsibly in this gluttonous world today but neigh impossible. So you have “fat genes” or no time to exercise; boo hoo. Do you think that successful health conscious people don’t have similar trials and tribulations? Do you think that some of us just wake up and are oblivious to the empty calories being shoved in our faces when our blood sugar is low? Wake up, its hard, and its hard for the majority of the population, even for the percentage that isn’t obese.
Think it through next time your mindlessly stuffing empty calories in your mouth or buying groceries in the “middle” isles at the store. You are making a choice, period. Ponder that choice next time you think you want cake. Look at the cake and ask yourself “Self, is this slice of cake really worth the 700 calories?”. If the answer is yes then you now have another choice to either walk 9 miles (or more depending on your heart rate) or to store those eaten calories as…..FAT! And you know what, sometimes it may be worth it to you to eat that cake and you are willing to accept the outcome of your actions. In which case I say eat the cake (in moderation) and go for a nice walk and talk about the better food choices you’ll make tomorrow. But if the answer is no and the blueberries, banana, rolled oats and plain non fat greek yogurt parfait just isn’t going to cut it for you then I strongly suggest that you walk away from both treats. Don’t just eat the lesser evil treat because its not as bad. Choose every calorie! Fuel your body, not your emotions, not time, not laziness, YOU decide what you want to do. Take control of your actions and mindfully be aware of what you are actually choosing to do. If in the process you need a little guidance then check the CC Training articles and we’ll work to inform you to the best of our ability; of course, the choice is yours.