Minimize Your Nutrition Stress

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Is that bar of chocolate really worth worrying about so much?

“I have spent most of my life worrying about things that have never happened.”

Mark Twain

We all have a tendency to worry occasionally and nutrition is one of those areas that cause people stress. The rules seem to change constantly and it’s tough to keep up. What should I eat? How often should I eat? What if those chocolate chip cookies grow legs and follow me from the kitchen?

It’s time to relax about your nutrition plan. It will never be perfect.

Move On

Ten years from now you might find out that the way you thought you should be eating didn’t do you any favours. I spent many, many years on the recommended “healthy” high-carb/plenty of whole grain diet that the mainstream told me to follow before I discovered that it was causing me damage. Do I worry about all those years now that I’ve found the right diet for me?

Absolutely not!

I’m happy to have found the right diet for me and I’m grateful every day for the benefits it now provides me.

Nutrition Anxiety

A few nutrition errors in your lifetime aren’t going to kill you.

You know what will kill you? Worrying every time you go out whether it’s ok to have the beef if it isn’t grass-fed. Trying to figure out if an apple is 80 or 85 calories (because each of your 2 nutrition apps say something different) will cause undue anxiety. That type of constant worry will put you in your grave faster than a truckload of pizza. If the excessive stress doesn’t give you a health issue, then someone might “accidentally” push you into oncoming traffic because you’re driving them crazy with your pickiness.

Most of the time it just doesn’t matter

There are certainly times in our lives when we need to be strict with ourselves, like before a fitness competition or when we’ve really let ourselves go and need to reign ourselves back in, but living your whole life that way will inevitably lead to unhappiness. You know that scene in romantic comedies when the uptight heroine finally let’s loose and realizes that she’s been unhappy throughout her hyper-controlled life? Maybe you’re also using control to mask dissatisfaction with other aspects of your life.

Does it really matter if you eat 2200 or 2000 calories today? Probably not, but a lifetime of 2200 calories a day compared to 2000 calories could certainly make a difference.

Long story short?

You need to be on the right path in the right direction to produce changes in your physique, or your life. You need to make the right “small steps” consistently to move towards your goal. If there’s a bump – or two – in the road, you’re better off getting back on track and not beating yourself up minor setbacks.

Just keep moving forward and you’ll get to your destination.

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 6-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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