Stop Treating Exercise as Punishment for (Over)eating

Exercise should be fun, not feared.

 

Have you ever heard the expression “food is fuel”? Well, it’s true.

Food is fuel for your body. It contains all the important minerals and nutrients we need to both survive and thrive.

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Number of calories is obviously a factor, but it’s possible to eat a whole mess of empty calories that provide no nutritional value to grow strong healthy bones, build muscle, repair our joints and teeth, clear our skin, and maintain a youthful healthy glow.

We Don’t Need To “Earn” Food

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More important than “earning” the calories we eat, we need to focus on consuming the most nutrient-dense foods to ensure our bodies stay fit and healthy—inside and out.

No matter how much we work out our bodies, if we’re not fueling them properly, all that work will be wasted effort. Becoming more than what we were before entails giving the body more of what it needs to grow, repair, and heal.

Changing our mindset is a huge part of this and includes thinking in terms of how we can transform into a stronger more confident version of ourselves. Even if we’re aiming to lose excess fat or inches, we need to think about how we are growing leaner, stronger, and more muscular.

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Achieving long-term goals has everything to do with how we behave on a daily basis. Remember that it’s possible to be malnourished on both 500 and 5000 calories a day.

So stop focusing on just counting calories and start nutrient counting, incorporating these seven foods.

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