We are driven toward our beliefs about food, exercise, wellness and beauty from the first days of our existence. What defines handsome, pretty, healthy and “good” are influenced culturally, by mass media, through our peers and through the legacies we inherent from our parents and their relationships with their bodies. After working as a fitness coach and instructor for over ten years, here are a few things I have learned that I hope will help free people to redefine their relationships with food and exercise, adjusting their definition of true wellness:
Food is not our enemy, neither is fat!
Gone are the days when starvation diets have a place in our society. We have ample evidence, anecdotal and scientific, to verify that fueling our bodies with healthy, clean foods (including good FAT) is critical to optimal wellness. Want to drop a few pounds? Increase your intake of healthy fats like avocados and
nuts, while decreasing your consumption of processed foods. You will see your body relax into releasing stored fat as extra weight, once it trusts that you are going to fuel it the way it needs. Our parents and grandparents instilled this concept of eating minimally to stay “skinny” and, between the quality (or lack of quality) in today’s mainstream processed foods and the knowledge we have about stored, stubborn fat that accu