National Nutrition Month: The "Do Your Best" Diet

National Nutrition Month 2017

Put Your Best Fork Forward!

Don’t worry, I know you don’t know what that means or how to interpret it. It definitely doesn’t mean only eat vegetables all month, or to start some crazy diet. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know I’ve learned the hard way for you, and I don’t recommend deprivation. It also doesn’t mean get out your fanciest silverware (sorry, I had to 🙂 ).

If you’re feeling confused about this theme or stressed about food,
don’t worry. I got your back. All you need to do is… your best.

I saw a post on Instagram yesterday that read “You have as many hours in a day as Beyonce”. What does seeing things like this do for us? It makes us feel inadequate and that whatever we do isn’t enough. Well guess what? You’re not Beyonce. And it’s not because you don’t work as hard as her. It’s because you are you with a different journey and different goals, and different day to day responsibilities. {And is she really that awesome compared to you, me or your neighbor?}
More and more, I’ve been encouraging groups I speak to and my one-on-one’s to be a little easier on themselves. Very often, I’ll sit down (or be on a call) with a client for a session, and the first things out of their mouths are all the things they didn’t do or hadn’t accomplished since their last meeting. In my early counseling days, the session would go on, and eventually I would learn about all of the wonderful new healthy habits they’d incorporated, the fact that their blood glucose is lower, or that they have more energy in the 4th quarter of their basketball games. Now, when a client starts a session that way, I immediately divert the conversation to what they have done. They immediately perk up, and we have a much more productive appointment.
So, rather than put a lot of pressure on yourself, feel guilty or like a failure when you don’t meet a goal you set for yourself that is unrealistic, just do your best, and be okay with it.
Some weeks, doing my best means I take 2 hours to meal prep on Sunday and have everything together for a low-stress week. Some weeks, it’s putting the energy I have at the end of the day into cooking Brussels sprouts while my English muffin heats up in the toaster and I answer lingering emails. Why let that get to me? {Especially since I absolutely love a good sprouted grain english muffin with Kite Hill almond “cream cheese” spread and Trader Joe’s “everything but the bagel” seasoning}.

Your best will vary day to day. Maybe even hour to hour. Don’t be hard on yourself because of it. And don’t compare your best to someone else!

What can you do to put your best fork forward this month?

  • Don’t know how to cook? Try cooking one new (easy) meal per week. Even if it doesn’t taste the best the first time around, you tried and can build skills from there.
  • Feel like chugging water when you finish practice or your workout? Have one extra glass of water earlier in the day. Here’s why.
  • Realizing you don’t eat enough vegetables? Fit one more serving in each day and look at any more is a bonus. Here’s how.
  • Don’t eat breakfast? Grab a piece of fruit & some nuts in the morning so you can have it on-the-go.

There are tons of small things you can do, and if you end up being able to do more, awesome! Set your goals realistically, whether they are related to food, exercise, or what you can accomplish as a student, parent, or working professional. Then watch your stress decrease, your health improve, and happiness maintained.

Stay tuned for more tips during National Nutrition Month and another post for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
Check out last year’s theme, Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, for a reminder that healthy food should always taste good!

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  1. love this! what a great take on “putting your best fork forward” this should be the next big diet, the “do your best diet”