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Honest Nutrition Truths

Hey!  What’s up you guys?!  Paisley here from Honest Training… I learned that March was national nutrition month (or something like that) so Lindsay told me to write a nutrition blog.  Have you met Lindsay yet?  She is our new Honest head of social media and PR!  Meet her here.

I feel really passionate about nutrition.  I have since high school, in fact, did you know I have a Bachelors degree in Dietetics?  Yup.  IT WAS HARD (#biochemistryistheworst).  I continued with a holistic nutrition coach certification from the CHEK institute which was AMAZING.

Here are some Honest truths about nutrition/fitness/wellness …

Nothing in life is more precious than your health.  Think about all the things you want to do in your life.  Think about your life’s purpose… you can’t do it fully without your health.  Your relationships, your happiness, your ability to experience the world, your career, your family.  All these things need your best self.  So commit to practicing (because we all know that it takes practice, and it’s not going to be perfect) behaviors that help prevent disease/illness,  prolong your life and increase the quality of life!  How’s that for a pump up talk?!  

The type and quality of the food you eat have a huge impact on your health.  It has more impact than most of the things we do.  We all know by now that eating mostly plants is what will get us the most nutrients, vitamins, mineral, antioxidants, phytochemicals, fiber (and more) into our systems.  We also know that organic, non-processed, non-GMO foods are better for us.  The research is pretty clear on this.  Can we all agree on this?!  #eatrealfood  I often refer people to the Whole30 for a super practical guide for learning more about whole food eating.  Practice Whole30 M-F or M-Thurs and you will see a HUGE impact on how you think and feel.  Still leaving some room for enjoying eating out and things like… Salt and Straw (my personal favorite) every once in a while 🙂

Moving your body daily drastically improves your mental and physical health.  Exercise is medicineOne of the key health benefits of exercise is that it helps normalize your glucose, insulin, and leptin levels by optimizing insulin/leptin receptor sensitivity.Exercise-improved insulin/leptin receptor sensitivity is perhaps the most important factor for optimizing your overall health and preventing chronic disease… TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW.  Exercise also encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing your nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections, and protecting them from damage… IT’S SCIENCE.  Unexpected side effects of exercise include improved sexual function, changes in gene expression, clearer skin, and improved mood and sleep… YES PLEASE.  Research shows that the “secret” to increased productivity and happiness on any given day is a long-term investment in regular exercise.  IM IN.  

So I will see you all tomorrow for your workout right?!

Mindfulness is the root of all behavior change.  Thoughts create feelings > Feeling create behavior > Behavior reinforces thought.  START SLOWING DOWN AND PAYING ATTENTION.So, in order to change our behavior, we have to have a (new) experience. This adds to, or changes, our beliefs and feelings, and these changes, in turn, result in modified behavior. Then we discover that we get more new experiences as a result of doing the modified behavior (for example, we notice that other people react differently to us). That tends to reinforce the new beliefs and feelings and that reinforces the new behavior in a virtuous circle.  Woah, we’re getting deep here.  You with me?Need a new experience?  Try out Honest Training for a Month for just $99 

Everyone has a unique biochemistry, some food programs/diets will be more ideal for you than others.  Pay attention to what works for you!  It all comes back to paying attention… mindfulness.  How do certain foods make you feel?  Energized?  Satiated?  Awesome!  Keep eating those!  Bloated?  Inflamed?  Sluggish?  STOP.  With that said, sometimes when we are used to eating lots of refined foods and sugar and we start eating all whole foods and tons of veggies it can take your system to get used to it!  Also, what we need changes.  Different times of the year we need different foods!  Depending on what is going on in our lives we need different things… start noticing.

Questions?  Hit me up on Facebook here!  Also, make sure you are on my mailing list!  I do really awesome nutrition programs and I would love you to join the next one!  Click here to join!

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