I saw a post from a trainer in DC this morning on Instagram that said
“Some people want to use exercise as a punishment for being overweight. They don’t realize that their diet is delivering the real punishment.”
This can’t be further from the truth and what I preach all the time. You can’t out exercise a bad diet. It also makes your workouts so much harder when you do not eat to nourish your body. Why would you want to punish yourself twice? When you eat well, you feel well, and when you feel well you WANT to exercise. It is so hard to motivate yourself on a bad diet. So make sure that you keep your diet clean and energizing so your fit lifestyle will just fall into place. Otherwise it will stay a constant mind battle.
Do you know why you do the things you do everyday? The things that we read and hear on a daily basis influence our decisions. I was watching a movie the other day called “Forks over Knives” which I would highly recommend to EVERYONE to watch (it’s on Netflix). My 11 year old son happened to be with me and was captivated by the research that was shown in this movie. It was a documentary about two scientist discussing the evolution of the food industry, processed foods, and how it has affected the health of Americans leading to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. After the movie was over, my son turns to me and says, “I just want to eat all vegetables.” He would never have said that just knowing that vegetables are “good for you.” He actually spend some time and was educated on the affects that diet has on the body. Not only does our American diet affect our health, but it is also destroying our environment. Did you know that the dairy and meat industry produce more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation industry? Our major focus is changing over to alternative fuel and recycling, when the major part of the problem comes from our over-consumption and cultivation of livestock.
If you are looking to change the way you eat, try to focus on educating yourself through books or documentaries. It will help you make more “educated” decisions. After all, if you want to do your job better what do you do? You take courses, get a degree, or read books to study. Treat taking care of your body (and our environment) the same way. Your mind is where it all starts. Here are some good movies and books to check out:
Forks over knives (documentary)
The China Study (book)