Some of the best nutrition advice isn't from nutrition experts. To be totally honest, I rarely read books about nutrition, unless they're academic textbooks. The self-help genre is much more my style. Despite not being nutrition experts, the authors of my favorite self-development books give some of the best nutrition advice I've read.
Here are four nutrition tips from my favorite self-development books.
1. Batch Cook (also known as Meal Prep).
Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo is one of my absolute favorites. I've been following Marie for about 2 years as of this blog post, always admiring her motivational messages. I started watching Marie TV and recently joined B-School to work on my nutrition business.
Before diving in to her online course, I downloaded her NYT Best Seller.
In one of the chapters she writes about removing barriers and offer this piece of advice to her readers so that feeding their families doesn't keep them from their career goals. Batch cooking, or what I refer to as meal prepping, saves you time and keeps you healthy when you choose the right ingredients.
I share tons of recipes with you when you sign up for my meal plan subscriptions. I also teach how to meal prep really easy meals through videos.
2. Use Positive Affirmations to Change Your Mindset
Pretty much all of 2019 I fell asleep to Idil Ahmed's Manifest Now. Her positive affirmations and manifestation quotes fundamentally changed my life. She reads off these quotes and they absorb into your brain. I love this section of her book which is all about optimizing your body.
This positive affirmation is just one of many that she shares and that I recite often. I do a lot of mindset work in nutrition coaching sessions. For example, I help clients shift their thoughts about food and instead of using "good food" "bad food" labels, they learn to see food differently.
3. Write What You Eat and Track Your Habits
No surprises here. In James Clear's Atomic Habits, he mentions the benefits of food logging a few times. His whole thesis is on changing your systems so that your lifestyle favors good habits more than bad ones.
I am a huge advocate of tracking what foods you eat. I will always encourage this habit because writing down what you eat in a notebook or an app can bring so much awareness to how you nourish and fuel your body. If you want to learn how to start tracking there are a few ways I teach clients how to do this. What method works best for you is based on a few things, so I recommend doing some exploratory work before committing to a method of tracking.
If you think tracking food is just about weight loss, reach this blog post on 10 Reasons to Track Your Food that Have Nothing To Do With Weight Loss.
4. Take Massive Action Towards Your Nutrition and Fitness Goals
I loved this tip from Grant Cardone in his book the 10X Rule. I think this hits me the hardest, personally, because I am at a point where eating healthy and working out are normal parts of my routine. However, when I do want to achieve that next level like max a 300# deadlift I can't just do what I normally do.
This nutrition tip is all about getting out of your comfort zone. Everyone has a different edge, but the point is, if you really have a strong desire to reach a specific goal you have to take massive action.
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