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SBCF Nutrition - Setting Goals

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A lot of people at the gym have asked me about my nutrition and what I eat on a daily basis. So I thought I would share my thoughts on clean eating.

I think it’s safe to say that we all know what healthy food is. It’s the stuff you find in the produce isle of your grocery store, or the meat market. It’s the stuff that is actually grown on a farm or in a garden. It’s what we’ve been taught since elementary school. “If you want to make healthier food choices, stay on the outer edges of your grocery store.” As easy as this may seem, it’s not! Especially when you have to conveniently walk down the frozen food section past the Digiorno cheese stuffed crust pizza! (My cheat meal). I mean, in all honesty, what would you rather eat? Broccoli? Or Pizza? I’d prefer the latter of the two.

Unfortunately, pizza, chips and salsa, and chocolate are not suited for what I am trying to do in order to accomplish MY fitness goals. And I think this is where everyone needs to start: Ask yourself “What are MY goals for fitness? Do I want to be strong? Do I want to be shredded for the beach season? Do I want to lose weight? Do I want to gain weight?” Everyone has different goals for different reasons. In the same breath, there isn’t one nutritional program that will work for everyone.

Everyone’s body is different and acts differently with different foods. When I began my journey on the road of healthy nutrition, I learned quickly that finding the proper nutrition is one big science experiment on yourself. Trying new foods, different quantities of foods, and timing of delivery of the food to my body were the three major factors I was forced to experiment with. This wasn’t easy, and at many points during this process, I would get discouraged and go buy a pizza. But once I decided that this was a lifestyle change and not just some 30-day diet thing I was going to try just to lose a couple pounds, it got real, and I got results!

I formed a goal: to be strong; to compete; to be an athlete. I stopped caring so much about what my body looked like. As long as my body is performing the way I need it to in order to reach MY goal, I am happy. The way my body started to take shape and change was not my main concern, but it became a natural byproduct of eating clean and working out.

Over the next few weeks I will continue writing a blog about nutrition and the things that I focus on to create a solid meal plan for myself. I will also go more in depth on what foods I eat, why I eat them, and the importance of macronutrients.