Embarrassing Admission

I”m surprised how often I get comments from people that suggest because I’m a trainer and health advocate I don’t struggle to eat healthy and exercise consistently. Sometimes I think people believe the thought of junk food just makes me gag and that the nutrition fairy just drops broccoli down my mouth.

I have to admit something to you…

NachosMy name is Dustin Maher, and I am a finisher. At least when it comes to food. If I see a bag of open chips, I have to eat the entire bag. If I order a massive plate of nachos from the Great Dane, I have to clean the plate. If I see a bowl of M&Ms on a table, I will grab a handful and continue to go back until the M&Ms are gone. If there is a carton of ice cream in the freezer, I just can’t leave it only half eaten. 

So how am I not 300 lbs or more?

Very simple…

I don’t allow these tempting foods into my environment. You could argue that my personal circumstances are easier to control than yours, and you may be right, but the truth is, we all have more control over our environments than we think we do.

Here are the things I personally do to ensure my environment provides me with as few temptations as possible:

1. I don’t allow any processed junk food in my apartment. If it is there, I will grab that over any of the healthy and tasty food I have in my home. The only exception is when I might have a football or sports party-that’s when I will allow it in my place but just for that day. Once the party’s over, I give it away or throw it away.

2. I strongly discourage my clients and staff to keep any unhealthy food in our my work place. Since I own my own Transformation Center and can make the rules, this is easier for me. A few of the staff really want a coffee machine, but I just have to refuse their request, even if they pay for it themselves. If they need coffee to stay alert, it is only serving as a band aid to the underlying cause of their fatigue or lack of energy.

3. I only eat out about once per week. Sometimes twice a week and sometimes none, but when I do go out, I tend to overindulge and use that as my cheat meal.

4. I don’t drink my calories. Ok, I will have protein shakes sometimes and maybe a small cup of almond or coconut milk, but other liquid calories can surround me and I just don’t even consider the toxic junk as a viable option.

5. I surround myself with mostly fit and healthy people that are like-minded when it comes to eating and exercise. When I’m with these friends, I feel like I belong and can truly be myself because we share many of the same interests and goals. For example, when I get excited about the veggies I buy at the farmers market, they get excited with me!

This list of ideas for removing temptation from your environment might seem pretty basic, and I understand that some of you reading this may not have a healthy work, or even home environment, but remember, ultimately you have the control and the power. Whenever possible, take back control of your environment and start living the healthy life of your dreams!

I want to to say how much I appreciate you as a subscriber, client, and health advocate. I don’t take for granted the time you put into reading my blog posts and apply the information into your own life. Thank you!

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