We have an innate ability to complicate the uncomplicated. All it takes is a shift in mindset to reverse it.
– Lauren Minor
You may have noticed a theme recurring in my social media posts the last couple days about uncomplicating things that really have no business being complicated, such as your nutrition and exercise. Because when you think something is complicated, doesn’t that just want to make you jump right in head first??? Probably the exact opposite really. You probably start running for the hills, metaphorically, when you perceive something to be too complicated. But I’ll let you in on a little secret, your nutrition and exercise is too complicated because you’ve let it become so. What??!!? Yes, you heard me. You are in complete and total control over how complicated you perceive things in your life to be, and you and only you are capable to reversing this untrue way of thinking.
By nature, humans as a species have a tendency to overthink many things, to the point of paralysis, where we are actually unable to take action because we are overthinking how to get started or where to go next. You may have heard the term analysis paralysis before, but if not, today I will teach you a little something about it as it pertains to your health and fitness goals.
There is so much information out there about different nutrition and exercise protocols, it is no wonder we do not know where to start. Information overloads leads to analysis paralysis and then we never actually get started with anyone. So how do we stop this pattern? Let’s start with how we stop it from a nutrition perspective.
For some reason we have been made to believe that eating healthy is complicated, when that really couldn’t be any further from the truth. Yes it may involve some basic kitchen skills, (and when I say basic I mean it) and the ability to make informed choices. It’s as simple as those two components. If you know how to use an oven and a cooktop it’s safe to say you can make healthy meals and if you have a basic idea what foods are healthy and nutritious, simply put those two elements together and you can make healthy meal after healthy meal with zero complication. Perfect case in point was my meal last night (courteousy of Trader Joe’s). I knew I wanted to make something that would be quick, healthy and delicious and a combination of lean protein, veggies and healthy fat. Other than that, I had no idea what I was actually going to be eating that night, but my mission was clear. Find the ingredients that fulfilled my goal of a quick, healthy and delicious meal and get the hell out of there! With an infant, time is of the essence these days, so being able to get things done efficiently is key. I ended up grabbing some pre-cut butternut squash and brussel sprouts and a pre-marinated whole butterflied chicken. Here are my exact ingredients:
The only thing I had to do to prepare this meal was take everything out of the packaging, put it in an oven safe dish, coat the veggies with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and pop it in the oven for a little over an hour. Bam! Healthy and delicious meal in minutes of prep time. Hopefully the word uncomplicated is starting to have meaning for you now. It can be done with little effort and little stress with maximum results. Stop overthinking it and just learn some basic cooking skills and make informed food choices.
Now for exercise.
A common question I get is what exercise should I do to get the best results?
The honest and simple answer is, whatever exercise you enjoy and can be consistent with.
If you are a gym rat, lift. If you love yoga, hit the mat. If you love to run, hit the road or the treadmill. If you love Follow along workouts, pres play. I think you get the point. There is no “best” exercise. There is only what is best for “you”. So stop trying to over complicate your movement practice, as it only adds stress and results in lower consistency. If you just start by choosing what you enjoy, you will see just how uncomplicated exercise really is and find out just how enjoyable it can be.
Hopefully I have made some clear and poignant arguments today in favor of keeping things uncomplicated when it comes to your nutrition and exercise game. Let go of the need to overthink and stick with the simple truths you have always known or learned today.
Stronger through simplicity,