I had the pleasure of spending time in The Nest with UBC's Alpha Phi this week for their development workshop, Operation YOU. 20 ladies with packed school, work and social schedules sat down and asked me their burning nutrition questions. I've been asked about these hot topics before so using their questions as inspiration let's answer these bad boys once and for all.
1. How does one break the habit of relying on tons of sugar to get them through the day?
This year will be all about making time for what’s important. To make time for what's important we have to decide what we'll say yes to and what we'll say no to. Sticking to healthy eating is as simple as knowing what are you prepared to trade off to reach your goal. It's a choice.
If your goal is to eat less added sugar
Yes to healthy alternatives like fruit
No to dessert
But will you always say no to dessert? If you’re not willing to give up cookies cold turkey, own that. Knowing you have the choice to have a cookie will help you stick your goal.
2. How many times during the week do you grocery shop/how many days in advance do you meal prep for?
I meal prep (and shop) once per week and here's what I've learned.
Buy foods you like, want to eat and want to prepare. If you make a heaping batch of quinoa but you HATE quinoa you're not going to eat it, right? Pick a day and stick with it (for me, it's Sunday) and prep like you mean it. Wash, chop and prep all your ingredients. Divide and store complete meals individually so their ready to grab and go.
3. What are good alternatives to coffee?
Drink green tea or matcha instead of coffee and you'll be buzzed with energy, without the major crash an hour later.
4. What can you order that is healthy while you're out for dinner?
Customize, customize, customize. Unless you're in a boujee fine dining restaurant you can pretty much customize any meal or create your own. If the ingredients are in a dish, they have them in the kitchen. Ask for the ingredients you want.
Bottom line is health goals aren’t all or nothing, they don’t have to be restrictive, huge changes. That’s a misconception. They’re a way to get focused on what’s important.