Better is Better
Because we live in a society of “winners and losers” and “successes and failures”, it is easy for me to get caught in that mind trap when trying to follow my meal plan.
Even as a nutrition coach, I am still bombarded with doubting thoughts, such as “maybe I can’t do this” or “I had to have a piece of chocolate so now the whole day is ruined.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
One of the best things I received from following a meal plan, created by RD Nicole Aucoin, the dietitian who writes all of CrossFit HVL’s meal plans, was the intangible truth that better is better.
Even if I ate according to my meal plan 50% of the time, that is better than how I was eating before a meal plan. The simple fact I am trying to follow a meal plan is evidence I am making steps in the right direction. So if you are trying to be better than who you were five years ago, last year or yesterday, you are taking steps in the right direction. Be proud.
Just like in life, there are going to be harder days than others, and you will make mistakes and eat something not on the program. But just like in life, you get back on the course, re-calibrate and learn from those mistakes. The wisdom is found in the mistakes.
For instance, I have learned after much research that I cannot keep chocolate in my house. If I do, I will sneak out of my room like a thief in the night and eat every ounce of chocolate in the pantry, the fridge and the stash of surplus candy from past holidays. Yes, even the cheap kind. I have made this mistake so many times, that finally, FINALLY, I have accepted the causal relationship between one bite of chocolate and consuming last year’s chocolate Easter Bunny.
This is the wisdom I found in making (and repeating!) mistakes. Now, I make better and more conscious decisions. And that is better.
To learn more about making better nutrition choices, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.