If your parents gave you a nice shiny sports car for your birthday, you would have bought the best fuel, washed and waxed it, gotten the oil changed on time... and if you didn't the car wouldn't last long right? Food is your body's fuel. If you don't fuel with the right things, like a car it quit.
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My personal trainer, who is a fitness competitor and a body builder, told me to think of food as fuel. If you usually use food as pleasure or as a reward you can really sabotage yourself. So when I want a treat I'll repeat the mantra "food is fuel for my body" and then I'll ask myself if what I want to eat will be beneficial fuel. If it is then I'll eat it, if it's full of empty calories, then I'll skip it and find a more nutritious snack.
When I'm eating healthy foods, like fresh fruits & veggies, I think about how they're a great fuel for my body. I'm giving my body the best fuel for it to run efficiently. It makes me feel really good about eating healthy foods!
Eat to Fuel & Fill - less calories and less cheating
I figure out what fills me up and fuels my body to get through my day and workouts. Then I am not tempted to eat junk food as I am not hungry and my body is not craving anything. Some need a high carb breakfast like oatmeal, others need high protein to be filled up & fueled ready for their day.
Experiment until you figure out what works for you - may be different for different days if your physical activity changes. You figured it out when you feel good and are not hungry or craving sugar/fats. Less processed foods work best to fuel & fill, e.g. Oatmeal works better than cold cereal.
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