Amazing, you have made a commitment to dialing in your nutrition and that’s a big step. Congratulations. We are going to create healthy habits in the next 7 days and we are excited to have you along for the ride. This blog post talks about the first habit, which is all about starting to pay attention to your food.

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  1. Pay Attention to Your Food

During this phase of your journey, and dependent on your goals, the choices of food are not the priority. The priority is simply paying better attention to what you eat. When you start to care about and pay attention to the food you are consuming, you will inevitably eat better.

  1. Quality Food

When you hear “diet”, do you think clean eating (think meat, fruit, veggies) or processed foods (think fast food, donuts, candy)? Probably clean eating, right? We are looking to fuel our bodies with whole, minimally processed and nutrient dense foods. We can start to see an improvement in our health, performance and body composition just by eating better quality food. That is a no brainer.  

  1. Nutrient deficiencies

If we are eating too quickly, eating poor quality of food and not paying attention to the food we eat, we likely have some kind of a nutrient deficiency. When we pay attention to the foods we eat and choose quality foods, that deficiency may very well take care of itself. By paying attention to the foods you are putting into your body you start eating better overall, which adds to more nutrients due to a larger variety of foods, fresher foods or less processed foods. This alone helps you feel better and get you talking about the life changing effects of your new diet.

  1. Control appetite and food intake

Convenience is our best friend. We are constantly on the go. Grabbing the prepackaged meal/snack or hitting the drive thru has become routine, not because we want it to be, but because we are just too busy.  We are putting nutrient-depleted foods into our bodies all day long which doesn’t satisfy and causes us to overeat. When we start paying attention to the foods we eat, we immediately eat better quality, nutrient dense foods. This makes us feel more satisfied, which makes us end up eating less foods overall. What does this lead to? Fat loss, muscle gain and better mental and physical performance.

  1. Good nutrition promotes regular exercise

When people start paying attention to their eating, they usually start thinking about the physical activity too. And vice versa, if you take up an activity you love, you eventually start wondering if your nutrition could help you do that activity better.