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Nutrition is like Traffic Laws

Friday January 19, 2018

By: Rich Molin

A sound and sustainable nutrition habit is kind of like the following of our traffic laws. First, let’s determine what a “sound and sustainable” nutrition habit really is. If you are on any of the million “quick fix” diets, ask yourself, “can I or do I want to eat this for the rest of my life?” I assume your answer is “no”. And if it has the word “diet” in it, it’s probably not sustainable. Nutrition is a habit and a lifestyle. A sound and sustainable nutrition habit is something you can live with for the rest of your life. Even when you go on a week’s vacation and tell yourself, “I’m on vacay so I should be able to eat whatever I want”. Sure, you do, but if you already have a livable, sound and sustainable nutrition habit, it shouldn’t be that tough.

So, back to our traffic laws. I’m not big on following rules or laws. I just know I must. As the song goes, “I fought the law and the law won!” I’m sure we all have exceeded the speed limits at some point, and rolled through a stop sign or even ran a red light when in a hurry. I know I have, I live in South Florida and the police officers are good here. If you only do it every once in a great, great while. You might get away with it, but if you do it all the time, chances are you will be in trouble.

Same goes with your nutritional habits. Once you recognize that you should eat carbs, protein and fats with every meal in moderate amounts most of the time. You will be alright. That doesn’t mean you can’t have pizza or a soda every once in a great, great while. Just not all the time because you will pay the consequences in poor health, overweight and diabetes. Just like the fine if you have a traffic violation.

Once you have established a livable, sound and sustainable nutrition habit, try to improve it constantly.

Instead of dinking soda with your meal, drink water.

Instead of eating French fries, try a baked potato, or better yet, a sweet potato.

Instead of eating potato chips as a snack, try a handful of almonds.

Instead of ice cream, greek yogurt with a fruit of your choice (my fave is blueberries) fresh or frozen of course.

Imagine doing this for a year, 52 weeks, 365 days. Imagine the changes you’ll make.

It’s the law of averages I guess. The more you follow them, the better your results and your pocket book.