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Apple vs Donut

Donut or Apple?

Yes, yes I know you all said apple is sooo much better for you…. But why do you always eat the donut?

Listening to the average personal trainer talk about their food is an eye opener. For example there’s meal #1 with 100g of oats, 1 scoop of protein powder and 400ml of milk a little salt and then some bee poo organic honey.

Ok I made up the part about the bee poo, but I’m still not convinced about honey not being bee excrement. 

Meal #1 is the super dedicated athlete fuelling us amateurs call breakfast.

It contains macronutrients of the following…

1.  Protein

2. Carbohydrate

3. Fats

And a ton of other micronutrients that I’m not smart enough to spell, calories and a limited amount of taste.

You think that I’m making this stuff up? Nope, I’m not this is how most fitness professionals treat their bodies.

At least when they’re in the gym trying to impress other personal trainers with their spartan levels of dedication.

The rest of us want to eat food we enjoy.

We want to smell it, taste it, enjoy its texture…. And then, well we want more of it.

Food is an emotional experience often wrapped around social engagements. It makes us feel good. Essentially it make us Feel ‼️

The other side of this coin is the it can make us feel embarrassed, ashamed, out of control etc. It can seem to have some sort of hold over us and even make us crave it.

It seems absurd then to hear it reduced to calories and macros. That’s not what I eat, is it what you eat?

We are not machines.

Knowing the difference between an apple and a donut will never be enough to stop us wanting to stuff our face with the donut.

No amount of education painlessly eliminates the pleasure of eating a creamy, delicious tasting donut. Right now you’re picturing your sticky, sugary fingers and imagining wiping your mouth guiltily having just inhaled one 😉.

Ok maybe that was just me…

So how can we ever defeat this emotional, illogical, craving body we’ve been given? It’s human nature after all.

Well if we are on the same page and you believe me that there’s more to it than just education and treating your body like a machine then we’re off to a good start. This is where building habits comes in.

Strong, sustainable, repeatable habits that allow you to exist in a world of temptation dip your toe into it, survive the ordeal, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and go on about your day.

Nothing is perfect and starting where you’re at seems like the perfect place to me.

Now we have to build a routine that allows you to progress, step by step. You only have to be better than you were yesterday.

There is no point in worrying about having organic steel cut oats for breakfast if you’re ordering numerous takeaways every week. And keeping the local licensing trade in business at the weekends.

The overwhelm of where to start can be…. er well, overwhelming 🙄.

Pick one meal you’d like to improve and one habit or vice you’d like to bin. Focus on these for a week. Generate some momentum. Get some traction and build on success little and often.

You are not a machine! Stop trying to kid yourself that if only you had more willpower you could eat like one.

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About the Author Stephen Devine

Steve not just a skilled Crossfit Coach, but a top-tier CrossFit Competitor who's ranked in the top 1% worldwide in the 2023 Crossfit Open! And this is despite spending six weeks on crutches following surgery to fix a broken ankle just a year ago. He's Qualified as a Crossfit L1 Coach, Crossfit Gymnastics, and is also a qualified Olympic Weightlifting Coach.

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