According to dictionary.com, a linchpin is “a person or thing regarded as an essential or coordinating element.” You may not realize it, but your diet is the linchpin or foundation for your fitness success.
Maintaining or even achieving good nutrition is challenging. In fact, I suspect if you were to ask someone whether they wanted to train harder or alter their diet, they would inevitably choose to train harder. Why? Because it’s uncomfortable to say no to the foods we like. Certainly, we will workout harder, but change our diets? No way…not on the table. So here’s a reality check for you: You cannot out-train a bad diet. No matter how hard you try, what you put in your system will either allow you to continue to consistently get stronger or, at some point, will limit your output and cause you to plateau in your training.
My own nutrition journey has been an interesting one. A few years ago, I developed gluten and soy allergies. This caused an immediate change in my diet. But given my deep love for all things sugar, I was able to replace my old sweet treats with gluten-free ones. After a warning about developing diabetes from my doctor, I got serious about decreasing the sugar. However, I still wasn’t eating in a healthy way. This February, I embarked on the Whole30 nutrition challenge. I was shocked at how good I felt on it. There were several times when I had to talk myself out of breaking the rules. In fact, I remember standing in front of the pantry desperately wanting some chips or chocolate or anything non-Whole30 and I literally had to say to myself “Colleen can do hard things” and close the pantry door. (By the way, this is the same strategy that a friend of mine used with her 2-year-old daughter when she asked why she had to do something she didn’t want to.)
Then about a month ago, I got the shock of my life when I was diagnosed with latent autoimmune diabetes of adulthood. Now my nutrition was even more important requiring another major lifestyle adjustment. The solution…a ketogenic diet: high in good fats, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates. This has worked to keep my sugar in control and to give me the energy I need to train hard. Plus, I have achieved a leaner body mass than I had before I was committed to this type of eating pattern.
My hope is that you will never have to experience a life-changing disease to commit to altering your diet. Learn from me and others, including our coaches, and get serious about your diet. From Coach Ben, it’s this simple: “eat whole, real food that nature provides – lean, high-quality proteins, vegetables, some fruit, nuts and seeds; no chemicals or artificial ingredients of any kind.”
We know how important good nutrition is and so do you. Decide today that it’s worth the effort. To help you out, we’re going to start another nutrition challenge in July. Join us and enjoy the benefits of health and wellness in all areas of your life. You’ll be glad you did!!
Faithfully Yours – Coach Colleen