Body After Baby: ingredients of a healthy diet

Did you know that your diet is more than 50% of the weight loss equation? Working out is part of losing weight, yes, but without proper diet and nutrition, you’re never going to drop pant sizes or get the body you want. You can exercise two hours a day, but if you’re consuming more calories than you’re burning, you still won’t lose weight.

We’re all (people in general) looking for the secret to weight loss. The secret to how many calories you need, when you should eat them, how many pieces of fruit you need a day, what foods you should avoid, and how to eat healthy. We buy books on nutrition and diet in search for the answer. The diet industry loves us. They can produce book after book and they will all fly off the shelves as we flock like eagles to read on about the latest diet crave and the secret to weight loss.

Can I just let you in on a little secret of my own? There is no secret.

I can almost guarantee that if you were to read five diet books and compare them all, the information would be very, very similar. Words would be switched around and new adjectives would be added, but the content would be the same. That’s because a healthy diet has always been the same. We’ve known for years and years that too much food makes us fat. Processed foods are not healthy. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients. Eat more good food. Eat less bad food. Be more active.

Ta da! I just told you the secret! I should write a book now and make thousands.

I believe a healthy diet is about finding a balance between all things, consuming as many natural foods as possible, and using moderation with everything. The earth was created so that we could eat pure, organic, natural foods. Vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, dairy, and water are made on earth without the need for any human alteration. Yet chemicals and pesticides are still added to alter the taste and change the chemical properties of food.

A healthy diet includes as many non processed, non altered foods as possible. Fruits and vegetables are proven to fight off cancer and diseases, increase quality and length of life, and even help you lose weight and keep it off. I think meats and dairy products should be organic whenever possible, because it scares the bejewels out of me not knowing what’s in my cow.

Please don’t think I’m a healthy eater saint, because I’m so not. I love sugar and sweets as much as ya’ll do. I’m not saying that I think its realistic or even necessary to cut out sweets from one’s diet. Because saying that would be like shooting yourself in the foot, really, not likely. I think sweets in moderation is fine. I don’t think anyone is going to get sick or jeopardize their health by eating a candy bar every now and then. I think everything in moderation is the way to go, because life is way too short to not eat chocolate isn’t it?

Don’t stress over every bite that you take. Enjoy life, make smart decisions, indulge every once in a while, and savor the taste of fresh grown fruits and vegetables.

Now for Body After Baby this week- how did you do? Pleas share your progress and goals for the week! I’m going to start running with my jogging stroller this week. My goal is to run 5 days and get to the gym 3 times to lift weights.

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Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

11 thoughts on “Body After Baby: ingredients of a healthy diet

  1. I cannot remember who said it, but I heard an interview on NPR with someone talking about eating healthy and he broke it down like this:
    Eat food, not too much- mostly plants.

    I think it's a great concept. By FOOD he meant things that are not processed- things that look like they should look. Stuff that your great-grandparents ate… meaning nothing like “Go-gurt”. It's funny that I remember that specific example, but I think it's because that stuff grosses me out.

  2. I am in a slump. I haven't posted about it in a while because I can't seem to get motivated. We have had lots of rainy weather (very unusual for June in Utah) and I like to workout outside. I am hoping the weather clears and I can get back to my outdoorsy stuff. I did go on a 3 mile hike this week. I guess that counts.

  3. Great article. As someone who is not a mommy but has spent a good deal of my life dieting, I can tell you that I had my best success (outside of contest prep) just living, eating healthfully & not worrying about how many calories, fat grams, etc I was eating.

    Good stuff 🙂

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