S H A N N O N - C L A I R E 👊
Q: How do you know what to eat and what's good for your body? There are so many eating plans and styles and I have no idea what to follow.
A: Right now, my coach tells me what to eat and how much of each to eat because comp prep is very different but I'm rather going to tell you how I started and what worked for me in the beginning because that's probably where you are in your journey 💙
My biggest bit of advice before I answer the above is to start slow. If you jump two feet into hectic restrictions, you definitely are not going to stick to it. You slowly have to start making better choices and decisions. Start by cutting back on sugar in your tea/coffee and then stopping milk or lessening it. Start drinking a glass of water in the morning with breakfast and then adding in another before lunch etc.
How did I know what to eat and what's good for my body? - Basically, I started choosing less processed foods... cutting out bread (I suffer from IBS) and fizzy drinks, taking salads to school instead of sandwiches, having fruit for snacks instead of chips. It's about being mindful of how processed the food you are choosing to eat is. For dinner, rather have a chicken breast than the boxed crumbed chicken which is mostly potato and contains chemicals we can't even pronounce. My body can't process highly processed food and that's why it stored so badly, especially around my midsection. It's simple, look at what you are eating and ask yourself - is this healthy? You know the answer.
There are so many eating plans and styles and I have no idea what to follow - I have tried banting, becoming pescatarian, cut out dairy... and the only thing I've found that works is BALANCE. The minute you tell yourself you are not allowed something, you will want it - I know this from experience 😂 ... I don't believe one way of eating is correct. Personally, I thrive on less dairy, more protein and a more plant based diet (this probably also has to do with my blood type) so it's what I follow...
My advice here is sit and write yourself an "eating plan" for Monday - Friday and stick to it. Try eat 6 small meals of +/-300 calories ❤ I hope this helps 👊