I was so obsessed with this idea of looking a certain way that it stopped me from living life and actually doing what I wanted to do in the first place.Carter Good
- We often struggle to accomplish our fitness goals when we have an all-or-nothing mindset.
- Fitness alone is not the key to happiness, and we can be just as miserable at 300 pounds as we are at 150 pounds.
- In our modern society, it is far too easy to eat too much and move too little.
- We will not be able to reorient our lifelong relationship with food and fitness in a matter of days.
- The body we have today is the only body we will ever have; there are no returns, no do-overs, and no replacements.
- The amount of effort required to make healthy choices decreases over time.
- We can choose to make healthy choices even when we feel unmotivated.
- We have the power to train ourselves to enjoy the foods we have never enjoyed before.
- Not every meal needs to be a celebration, and it is actually OK for lunches to be boring.
- Healthy choices in the physical dimension of life are often a stepping stone to healthy choices in every other dimension.
- Sometimes eating an unhealthy meal can actually help us accomplish an important goal.
- Although there are no shortcuts when it comes to fitness, community and mentorship may function as the fast-forward button.
Five Grocery Tips
- Chicken thighs, Minute rice, frozen vegetables (especially Birds Eye and Alexia brand), and pre-packaged salads are among the best staple foods.
- Beef jerky, RXBAR nutrition bars, Light + Fit Greek yogurt, mixed berries, apples, and bananas are among the best snacks.
- Greek yogurt can be mixed with sweeter yogurt to make it more palatable for picky eaters.
- When buying ice cream at the grocery store, choose smaller and pre-portioned varieties instead of the typical quart-sized containers.
- Consider purchasing individually-wrapped cookies and fun-sized candies; alternatively, separate family-sized sweets into individual baggies.
- Identify the purpose of each meal – to achieve fitness goals, to make memories, to satisfy hunger, etc. – so that each meal is placed in its proper context.
- Decide what you are going to eat 24 hours in advance of each meal so that you don’t have to rely on willpower alone to make healthy choices.
- Consider how you can adjust the environment of your home or workplace to ensure that healthy choices become more accessible and unhealthy choices become less accessible.
Stop Weighing Yourself
When it comes to our health, success is measured by so much more than our weight. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and family physician Dr. Justin Brown explore the negative effects of focusing on the scale and offer countless recommendations to improve our physical well-being.
Take A Walk
There is not a single area of life that is not improved by regular physical activity. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Tyler Schwanz explore the many benefits of doing the very thing our bodies were made to do.
Feed Your Soul
We are quite familiar with how to feed our bodies. But what does it look like to also – and perhaps even more importantly – feed our souls? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and spiritual leader Steve Rieske introduce a powerful analogy that offers insights into how we can become truly satisfied in life.