Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter candy, anyone?

Obviously your diet is extremely important. In fact, I would say that it is more important than exercise itself. If you ate healthy foods 100% of the time (lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits, veggies, and whole grains, in reasonable portions) and did not exercise, then I would be inclined to say that you'd be healthier than if you ate junk food most of the time and exercised moderately. "Inclined" is the key word here.

But let's face it: We like our sweets! Most Americans have a sweet tooth that can be tamed with a sampling of chocolate or a peanut butter cup or the occasional ice cream (put the three of these together and you have my ultimate weakness!) However, a lot of people give in far too often when it comes to the sweets and candy. My advice is this: Find a happy medium. Will you lose all of you progress in your fitness routine by stopping by the ice cream stand on your way home from work? Well, if it's a daily stop then yes, of course you will! But there is absolutely nothing wrong with indulging yourself once in awhile with a sweet reward for you hard work. If you can control your cravings and allow yourself to enjoy a cookie or two every now and then, then you're setting yourself up for long-term success. Don't beat yourself up if you find yourself eating a few too many jelly beans today. Enjoy them and come back strong again tomorrow!

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