Make Intentional Eating Part of Your Nutrition Journey!
By Kristin Burgess, Club Greenwood RD
We often find ourselves in an “ants marching” type of lifestyle. Many of us just go through the motions that life throws at us, often without purpose or intention. We thrive on living a life of convenience and often leave a life of intention. Our lunch becomes a quick granola bar or a stop at the drive-through. Dinner is often after 8pm and not at the dinner table. Breakfast is forgotten and drinking water becomes too much to remember.
This can be a problem if you’re looking to take charge of your nutrition. Being mindful about your body’s food intake is a vital part of fitness, regardless of what sports or activities you enjoy. After all, you’ll be potentially sabotaging your own workout efforts if you celebrate every single gym visit with an indulgent fast-good meal. But what if you are able eat with intention? I believe that if you do so, your life will change. Your energy will increase, anxiety will decrease, motivation for life will be enhanced and not only will you but everyone around you will be better off. Here are three things you can do today to eat with intention:
- Plan ahead. Every night, take five minutes to plan your nutrition for the next day. What will you eat and when will you eat it. By doing this you will begin to produce a distinctive grocery list in your head that you stick to most every week. You will also find yourself skipping less meals and having more nutritious meals.
- Before putting any food into your mouth, ask yourself:
- How will I feel after I eat this?
- Will this food help me with my goal?
- Be selfish. Eat for you!
Food is fuel. Our society makes it fun and entertaining but we can be fun and socialize without it being the center of attention. The food you eat has a huge impact on all areas of health and wellness, including, mental wellness, physical wellness and clinical/disease treatment and prevention. Choose wisely! And remember, it is your mouth, your body and your money. You control what you eat, no one else does.
Once you’ve gotten a handle on your food intuition, you’ll likely be surprised at how many more changes you feel empowered to make. That’s why Club Greenwood is here to support you through every aspect of your fitness journey. Our expert in-house nutritionists work to help members find the mindset, approach, and nutritional strategy that works best for them. Want to learn more? Contact us today to get started!
Registered Dietitian/Personal Trainer
Being a registered dietitian and health and wellness coach, Kristin believes you are what you eat! Eating whole, natural foods can not only increase energy and help you be at an ideal weight, but it can boost your mindfulness in every aspect of your life. After all, we walk around in our body all day…it must be a priority to take care of it! Running and triathlons have taken Kristin everywhere from Boston to Boulder. Kristin believes everyone has an “athlete” in them… after all, exercise makes the heart smile!
BS in Nutrition, Applied Physiology and Exercise Physiology
NASM Certified Personal Trainer, CES