Isn't this such a wonderful quote? I read this often when I'm feeling guilty about certain choices I have made. From parenting, to household duties, to my businesses..... I often feel guilty I didn't do or say something different. Something better.
But when it comes to health and fitness, do you know what really stinks? Guilt. Guilt stinks.
I share this with my clients in my monthly challenge groups and I wanted to share with all our Four Fit Sisters readers.
I often get asked by clients what they are "allowed to eat" and my answer is always the same: You can eat LITERALLY whatever you want. That's the beauty of free will. However, YOUR decisions will impact YOUR health. YOUR goals. YOUR body. Now, don't get me wrong, there are probably some foods that you should absolutely avoid, either because you have an allergy or sensitivity, or because they won't support your fitness and physique goals.
I'm not saying you can eat whatever you want and still be fit and healthy, but I do believe that everyone should either be tested for allergies or do an elimination diet to determine food sensitivities--or both. This is why I have you all stay clear of certain foods during this 30 day journey together.
YOU need to become aware of how certain foods affect your body.
You really can't make informed decisions unless you know how food will affect you.
But, even then, can you eat those foods? Sure you can. You can eat whatever the heck you want. And the moment you start replacing the word "can't" with "choose not to" you will begin a journey towards a more loving relationship with food and your body.
That's the thing about food--will too much of it affect your body negatively?
Of course it will. Will certain foods get in the way of your fat loss goals? Darn right they will.
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But can you make a choice to weigh the pros and cons, consider the repercussions, and make your own decisions?
Heck yes. 100% yes.
Who's in charge, anyway? It sure as heck isn't food. It's YOU.
You decide what to eat, and as long as you're aware of how it's going to affect you, and you have accepted the results with no guilt or regret, you are on the right path. The key word there is guilt.
If I have learned anything in my years as a fitness lover, it's that letting go of food-associated guilt is the most impactful thing you can do on your nutritional journey. Once you let the guilt go, you can make sound, informed, calculated decisions.
You can eat foods that make you feel good during and after.
You can eat to please your palate and your physique, and even have the occasional indulgence without feeling terrible about it afterwards.
But, when you let go of guilt, you have to also accept responsibility.
You have to own the choices you make, and accept the results. Saying goodbye to guilt allows you to eat mindfully, lift intuitively, and live joyfully!
Follow Up Friday- Do YOU feel that YOU are in charge of your life yet, or do you feel FOOD is still in charge?
We would love to hear from you!
And on this fabulous Friday, the 13th, I leave you with a little glimpse of my upcoming post......
As many of you know, Steve and I like to attempt cool couple yoga moves on occasion..... and perhaps have our five year old snap photos.
Our first attempt was brutal.
Note my size 11 Nikes ripping off his shorts? Yes, that was awesome.
And I am pretty sure this was at 10:45 pm and I might have pulled the drapes to prevent any of our neighbors from witnessing.
Do you think we were able to "stick" the yoga move in the end?
You'll have to follow me on Instagram and see...... @hausofgirls_fitfamily.
See you there!
Happy FIT Friday the 13th.