Fit Food: Priorities

IMG_3822_(683x1024)In order to attain and maintain a lean, muscular physique I follow a very clean diet. All of my portions are measured and I only occasionally indulge in special treats, once or twice a week depending on how close I am to a show. I’ve long since realized that keeping my daily meals almost the same on a daily basis is easier for me and saves time as well. When people find out that my six meals a day are the same or similar for weeks at a time they seem shocked. They ask me if I get bored and tell me they could never do it because they wouldn’t be able to handle eating the same things every day. My answer? Yes I get bored, but it’s worth it. If I told you that there was a simple way that you could lose body fat and gain lean muscle and the only downside would be you might get a little bored sometimes what would you say?

Why do people think it’s necessary for every meal to be a gourmet experience? Food’s first function is to fuel our bodies. I love food and consider myself a foodie, but I also appreciate the power food has in it’s ability to reshape our bodies, for better or worse. If I may make an analogy, the majority of the food I eat is for business with a small percentage being purely for pleasure. This is the same with the pursuit of excellence in almost any field. The concert pianist doesn’t play to sold out crowds every night, the majority of his time is spent practicing scales and other monotonous drills. The olympic athlete spends hours training her body to perform but spends a relatively small amount of time actually competing. The scholar spends hours researching and studying and writing in order to put forth just one published article. The point is, those things that make us great are not great things, but rather the accumulation of very small things. In my case, it’s my food – my many, small, boring, daily meals.

In my mind, it all boils down to priorities. If my priority is to change my body and in order to achieve that I have to put up with a bit of monotony in regards to my meals, that’s a rather small trade off. On the other hand, I do have other priorities, such as spending time with my husband and friends and family, building my business and enjoying some occasional downtime. My simple, boring meals also allow me to not spend hours in the kitchen, preparing more complicated food. Since I eat mostly the same things all the time, trips to the grocery store are quick and meal preparation is easy because I’ve got it down to a science. If I find that I am starting to get cravings because I need something different, I will change up my meals a bit and then stick to that change for a while.

Dara Cox Personal Trainer Mindy AmbroseAs an interesting aside, I actually don’t even find my meals that bland, even though I often don’t even spice them. Once you cut out all the processed fast food with the added sugar, fat, and artificial flavourings, your tastebuds will re-adapt to real food. The natural sweetness of a sweet potato will stand out more and you will taste the flavour of plain veggies. And if you really start to feel sorry for yourself having to eat the same things all the time, just be grateful that that is the worst of your problems. There are many people who would be so thankful to be able to eat your boring food everyday.

So the next time you are tempted to tell yourself that you can’t succeed in changing your eating habits because you just couldn’t possibly eat the same thing all the time remember that there are far worse things than a little monotony and no one ever died of boredom.

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5 comments for “Fit Food: Priorities

  1. June 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Hahaha I had someone ask me this about two weeks ago at work. I eat chicken and broccoli almost every day for lunch. One day a coworker said “Don’t you ever get sick of chicken and broccoli?” I responded by saying “Ask me if I get tired of my six pack.” Yeah, I have a slightly different approach, but the same message. :) She still jokes about it almost every day. It was all in good fun and didn’t mean it in the cocky sort of way it sounds, thankfully most people who truly know me know I like to play around like that. Anyway the point is I totally get what you are saying, and am the same way!

    • daracoxpt
      June 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Haha! I like that response Colin! I guess you could also say something like, “Yes I get sick of chicken and broccoli, but I’m more sick of not reaching my goals.”

  2. June 22, 2013 at 6:18 am

    I used to do the same thing when I had to maintain a certain weight and level of fitness for long periods of time way back when. I found it a lot easier both because it was already decided what I was going to eat and it took temptation away because I didn’t have to think of what was next as the plan already dictated that decision. Sometimes when you limit your choices in that situation it just makes things so much simpler.

    • daracoxpt
      June 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Absolutely! Simple is best! Too many choices is actually a bad thing sometimes!

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