A bowl of quinoa, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, and celeryWe all know that food is fuel. But how do you figure out what’s the best fuel to put in the tank? With so many diets, “magical” formulas, and too-good-to-be-true promises out there, it’s hard to figure out where to even start.

If you have no idea where to begin, start by taking a step back. Forget about the diets you see on magazine covers and remember that there are no magical food formulas. We are all unique, which means our bodies are unique. One particular diet or food plan may have worked for your best friend. But you may eat the exact same foods and not experience the same outcome.

So, here are some simple, practical tips to keep in mind for fueling your body:

Don’t make rules; stick to guidelines.

Many people try specific diet plans and end up failing after only a week or two. Why? Because many diets are too restrictive. The rules don’t leave room for any missteps.

If you’re in the process of changing your eating habits so that you’re eating healthier, more nutritious foods, you may need to be more strict with your choices. But rather than following strict rules for what you eat each day, set guidelines. Guidelines allow for more flexibility, for example:

  • Avoid packaged or processed food.
  • Limit or cut out sugary treats or desserts.
  • Eat more colorful foods.

Align your food choices with your personal goals.

Part of the goal-setting process is coming up with a plan for how you’ll accomplish your goals. Proper fueling should be part of that plan, but it’s often overlooked. Are your food choices bringing you closer to your goal or hindering the process?

No matter what your goals might be, choose foods that will help you fuel the journey. Eating healthy, nutritious foods is like filling your tank with premium gasoline. And you’re much more likely to be focused, productive, and motivated to take another step toward achieving your goals.

At The Way Family Dojo in Magnolia, we’re here to support you as you become safer, stronger, and more confident. To learn more about the programs and classes we’re currently offering, contact us today.