One of the absolute hardest things as a coach is getting our clients to change their diets.
For whatever reason—lack of time time, motivation, willpower,
or a massive sugar-addiction—it’s much easier for people to commit to a gym routine
than it is for them to stop eating processed foods, or to break their overeating habit.
I’ve seen this time and again.
I’m not suggesting there’s a magic-bullet solution; we believe in different strokes for different folks,
but here is some FOOD for thought (ha!) —and various options and resources—
if you’re struggling to change your diet.
Hopefully one will resonate with you.
4. Precision Nutrition
Precision Nutrition’s idea of changing one habit at time really resonates with us.
Check out their website here.
The idea here is not to overwhelm a person with grandiose and sudden changes in their lives;
instead, long-term success comes from focusing on changing one small habit at a time.
Precision Nutrition offers a 12-month personal nutrition and exercise coaching program
—habit-based coaching—that focuses on LESS to help you ACHIEVE MORE.
In a nutshell, the change they suggest looks like this:
- Choose one habit/task per month.
Something like no drink alcohol during the week, or not getting seconds at dinner.
It’s important to choose an easy goal at the start, and it’s important the goal is measurable.
- Write down your plan, which will clearly state what your goal is each day and each week.
- Announce your goal publicly.
The more people you tell, the more you will be held accountable to.
- Keep track and report your progress.
3. The Whole Life Challenge
Many CrossFit gyms and MadLab gyms have embraced, and have had great success with,
The Whole Life Challenge.
We did one of the first ones years ago, and it’s had a huge impact on us.
Three things we like about the WLC:
- TEAM ENVIRONMENT:
The Whole Life Challenge can be turned into a team competition.
Having teammates to lean on, who are going through the same thing as you are
—as well as having support and people to hold you accountable—
really resonates with many Whole Life Challengers, who have had
great success improving their diet and body composition.
- MORE THAN NUTRITION:
When you sign up for the WLC, you will be asked to track not just your diet,
but also things like your hydration, fitness, mobility and sleep.
The idea is this challenge is meant to improve your entire lifestyle,
not just your body composition.
- VARIOUS LEVELS
Not everyone is looking to follow the same diet, and not everyone is ready
to eliminate everything all at once.
The WLC offer various levels, so to speak, that allow you to
choose how extreme you want to be with your changes.
2. Develop a healthy relationship with food
One of the best pieces of advice comes from the owner of NutritionRx, Jennifer Broxterman.
She’s also a Registered Dietician and professor at the University of Western Ontario.
She reiterates the importance of developing a healthy relationship with food.
What does this mean?
“If you’re questioning whether you have a good relationship with food,
think about your relationship with water.
You drink water throughout the day, but there’s no pressure about
how much to drink or when to drink.
You drink when you’re thirsty,” Broxterman says.
“Most people have a natural relationship with water.”
She adds: “If you’re thinking about food every 5 minutes, if it’s always on your mind,
and you’ve lost that natural ability to listen to your body,
then you probably don’t have a healthy relationship with food.”
One way to help become healthier is to stop labelling foods as good foods and bad foods,
and to stop beating yourself up when you mess up, she explains.
“One of the things I often tell people is it’s a lot like brushing your teeth.
Everyone has forgotten to brush their teeth here or there,
but you normally don’t beat yourself up about if.
Not brushing your teeth once doesn’t lead to a spiral effect of
not brushing your teeth for a week. But that often happens with food.
Someone ‘cheats,’ and then this spirals into a week of bad eating.”
While Broxterman believes it’s important to eat whole, unprocessed foods most of the time,
she believes it’s equally as important to indulge guilt-free here and there.
The guilt-free part is the key.
It’s the wanting-what-you-can’t-have philosophy.
Preventing yourself from ever having a cheat meal will only lead to
obsessing about all the food you can’t eat more than you should.
The point is, if you mess up, forget about it and move on.
1. Nutrition Coaching with your personal Coach!
If you’re the type who needs one-on-one in-person coaching and
someone to hold you accountable, then maybe
it’s worth considering working with your coach.
If this is you, reach out and ask how we can help you reach your dietary goals.
At RWS, everyone gets basic nutritional counseling as part of their
The idea is to give everyone a solid starting point and understanding of
what path they need to follow to reach their goals.
Beyond that, we offer detailed nutritional consultations as an add-on service.
In 30 minutes we examine exactly what you’re eating and
what fixes we can make that you’ll actually follow through with.
Again, it’s not about eating “perfectly” – it’s about eating well all the time,
occasionally indulging without completely wrecking yourself,
and being happy with your food and your body.