Before my Nutritionist and Dietitian friends get upset, please give this full post a read.
I am a big advocate for finding what works best for you, as many of my friends and followers know. Keep it real and keep it real for what your body and your budget can manage, whether it is in nutrition, in exercise or anything else you may face each day for that matter. Getting caught up in what seems to be showing epic changes for some, may not work for all. That is the “not all plans work for everyone” feeling I often get when I see or hear that people are not getting the results that they want “but they are working so hard.” That, in itself, is so very discouraging and often, I see, is usually what seems to lead to people giving up all together.
I love the concept of less is more, but sometimes it could be that more is less. That is just so stressful to even think about some days. Whether it is a focused nutrition plan, specific sport or workout program, sometimes the less is the more time that is required to recover and the more is better quality nutrition that you are putting into your body. With the nutrition, of course, focusing on a plan that gets you all the nutrients that your body needs or requires to help build the muscles you are working to build or the lean body you may be working on or, quite simply, working to be the healthiest version of you. To me, the working out is cake (LIKE REALLY, CAKE!) BUT the nutrition is always the kicker and stressful.
Why are there so many diet and/or nutrition plans? Because someone out there in the nutrition and fitness world took the time to test all aspects of those different plans and parts of them worked for them or their test subjects. That goes back to Rule #1, you must put in the work on finding what works for you. It is not an easy pill to swallow, but long-term sustainable results never happen overnight, just like bad habits leading to weight gain or loss of conditioning did not happen overnight either. But changing mindsets and relationships with nutrition must be the first step in those realistic goals.
I started out the year trying to focus on macro counting and tracking my food daily. Over the past few months I did find myself more in tune with the selections that didn’t work for me and also the foods that I may have thought good alternatives to be less than optimal for my personal goals. I weighed my food (more on that in a bit) and I stressed, I weighed and I STRESSED and then I stressed some more! For me, I found that the more I focus on the numbers, just like with weight (you know, that number that we cross our fingers and hope that it is not THAT OTHER NUMBER on the scale), the more I stress out. I learned that, for me, without focusing more on being present with my daily nutrition intake it is easy to have an “I’ll just have a bite” or “just one cookie” that it can backfire on me and add up over the course of the day.
As I said, I’m a firm believer in finding what works best for you individually, and for me that is YUMMY indulgences in moderation. I can’t get behind complete deprivation or cutting entire food groups, it’s just not what I feel is a realistic option, but if that works for you, AWESOME! So I took set out and made the time, I’m talking more than 365 days, to figure out what makes me feel awful and what I can tolerate, then I kept those choices that I can tolerate as the once in a while options, like legumes and nightshade vegetables. It has significantly helped me get myself to a more well-rounded, realistic nutrition plan that I can stick to.
My advice to anyone who may be reading this and struggling would be, as I have said so many other times before, read up on different plans, HIRE A NUTRITIONIST OR DIETITIAN, stick to figuring it out even weeks that you just cannot muster one more moment to have to choose this or that. There are so many resources out there take the time and invest in yourself. I promise you that you will thank yourself for it down the road.
Back to the weighing the food portions that I mentioned above. When I started in June on some intense food tracking I received a food scale (game changer in the accurate food tracking concept) and it made portion sizes and pinpoint accuracy which, I will admit, stressful BUT effective.
The EatSmart Precision Digital Kitchen Scale was the product that I received to incorporate into my weekly goal tracking. Very compact, but extremely accurate, it did the job each time I came to measure portions.
Some to the features of the product include a recessed platform for measuring food without a container so that it does not roll off the scale during measuring. Automatic shut off, which was big to me and a complaint I had about another product I previously tried, which conserves the battery life. Super lightweight, weighing in at just 11.2 ounces, so that you can take it with you if you need/want that extra capability for those meals you may not be able to pre-make or did not plan for. And the price for all that is totally reasonable at $19.99!
The scale offers four different weight measurement modes: grams, ounces, pounds and kilograms up to 11 pounds maximum.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely! I would recommend this product to those that are looking for something accurate and reasonably priced.
So go checkout their website if you are in the market for a scale to pinpoint your measurement accuracy on your nutrition tracking.
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DISCLAIMER – This product was sent to me by EatSmart to wear test in exchange for this review.