Where do we start with nutrition?

You need to have a good foundation.

Everyone has heard this, and it usually is part of a plea for change. We need to make sure we are building on something good in order to produce long-term results.

Well, this is true. It is also cliché.

We like to shrug our shoulders at cliché sayings because we have heard them so many times. It’s like TV or YouTube commercials we have seen a million times and have learned to numb ourselves to.

Let’s look at nutrition a little differently.

Consider we all have access to the same things. As a result, we all are susceptible to the same circumstances.

Enter the grocery store, and we have access to the same things. We are faced with the same stimuli: displays, sales papers, and bright colors.

What differentiates the person who has a good foundation and who does not?

The answer is “it depends.”

For some of us, we have grown up with cultural dishes we would consider “comfort foods.” Because we have eaten these so many times, we immediately go to them because they are familiar.

For others, we hated something. Maybe we had to eat sandwiches EVERY DAY for lunch, and a sandwich just never, ever sounds good.

At times, we feel the novelty bug. We want something new, something exciting.

Others, we crave simplicity. The same two or three things for the entire week.

We have not even talked about healthy food yet. Why? Because our perception of food creates our decision-making process, not the foods themselves.

So, as we look to build a foundation for nutrition, we are really attempting to break down sub-conscious aspects of our lives.

Ready for the practical part? Here are 3 things to do next time you tackle the grocery store:

1.       Make a list, and stick to it. Most of the things that make it in our cart and are not what we need for our goals are impulsive. What makes these impulses? Something tied to the food itself. I like Fruity Pebbles because I grew up eating them. Other than that, I have no reason to desire them. I feel bad after eating them and know they negatively affect my efforts.

2.       For “Comfort Foods,” find alternatives. The Whole Sisters Dump Ranch tastes just link quality ranch but is made of quality ingredients. Finding these better alternatives will make a HUGE difference in how you feel after eating.

3.       Remember you are an autonomous human being. You pick what goes in the cart and what you use your money for. We need to begin taking responsibility for our actions, and what we pay for shows how much we care. If you spend money on it, then it should be beneficial for you.

There really should be a fourth: DO! Information is great, but without application it does nothing.

So go DO something beneficial for you.