3 Things to Count Instead of Calories

3 Things to Count Instead of Calories

Now don’t get me wrong…

Calorie counting and food diaries provide tremendous value and insight into your nutrition habits and how you “spend” your calorie budget. Keeping record is key to knowing your starting point and identifying your real life nutrition tendencies and behaviors.

But… it can get old and tedious real quick.

Reach your clean eating goals in other engaging ways. You’ll be so distracted with feeling good + being productive that you won’t realize all the hard wellness work you’re putting in.

This week, try counting these things instead of the same ol’ calories:

Count Your Blessings

Stress expands your waistline. Our bodies produce more of the cortisol hormone when we’re stressed and this makes us more susceptible to fat storage in our midsection. We seriously need to chill out, ladies! Take a moment right now (and regularly) to reflect on all the blessings in your life. God’s provision, your career/business, loved ones to create magical memories with, a roof over your head, a car to drive, the smartphone that’s glued to your hand 24/7 😊 … there’s so much to be thankful for. An attitude of gratitude increases your overall wellbeing and raises your level of endorphins (we love those). Make it a point to focus on the good in life and you’ll see positive change in your productivity, mindset, and ultimately your health. Also, how can you bless others?

Count Your Weekly Workouts

What’s your workout plan this week? For many people, the hardest part of being active is making it out of the door. Like always, you’re SO glad you did once you’ve started. Let’s say you want to go for a run or make it to Zumba class 4 days a week. Be really intentional about hitting at least 80% of your workouts, no matter what the week throws at you. And give yourself grace! We feel better about our bodies after a good exercise session and we’re reminded of why we love them so much. It makes us want to treat it right, including FEEDING it right. When you see those tricep muscles start to peep through and your 3-pack abs developing, it makes you think twice about reversing all your hard work with one greasy, fatty meal. Complete your set number of weekly workouts to stay on track. Anyone up for 10,000 daily steps?

Count the Colors on Your Plate

Fruits & veggies are your best friends. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends F & V’s more than any other food group. As you pack your lunch every day, go out to eat, or grab a snack, don’t forget to add unprocessed, plant-based foods to the mix. Aim to fill half your plate with this goodness.  It’s much more fun to get creative with a variety of colorful foods than be consumed with the shame/guilt that can come from strict calorie counting. Spice up your meal plan, get the vitamins and minerals your body needs, and curb your appetite from the not-so-good choices as you step up your fruit & veggie game!

The bottom line is: do nice things for your body & mind that’ll leave you feeling good and refreshed vs bogged down/burdened. Take the pressure off and make healthy living more pleasurable. Make a commitment and you’ll start inching closer to your health, weight, and mindset goals soon enough!

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