I pulled my new black bikini bottoms out of the package and ran upstairs to try them on in my bedroom. Just as I pulled them out of the package, I realized they had sent me the wrong pair – the teeny weenie black bikini
For a second, I considered keeping them (even though they were made with very little fabric) until a wave of anxiety hit me.
These were just a bit too ITSY for me…
Aaaannnd…there are plenty more fish (black bikini bottoms) in the sea.
(Okay, I won't deny it, in the midst I also sent my boyfriend a selfie)
I am getting ready for two upcoming summertime trips this month, both involving bikinis, and if you are anything like me, you too would like to FEEL good in your body (i.e. bikini) this summer.
My ‘summertime - love my body’ regiment involves a few key pillars – eating healthy and clean food, exercising most days, getting a good night’s sleep, and watching for those self-sabotaging thoughts that creep in when I try on my bikini (or various other things).
I talk to folks every day about food and body. If you are looking for some easy and effective ways to lean up and love yourself up this summer, be sure to clear up any confusion you have with this leading issue, paramount confusion, and indubitable misconception around calorie counting.
If you want to feel nourished, strong, lean and energized this summer, be sure to check out these common myths about counting calories that will change the way you think about your eating. You may feel uncomfortable dropping your trusty old calorie counter, but trust me, you've gotta let go of what is NOT working to get what you want.
You've gotta try something different to get a different outcome.
Feeding your metabolism in a way that both nourishes your body, and creates optimal energy and body composition has a lot more to do with hormones then it does with calories. All the details are here:
I hope this helps you to make sense of the overwhelming and confusing world of eating. Questions? Just hit reply and send them on over.
6 Reasons to STOP Counting Calories
First of all, let’s be sure we understand what a calorie is and why we need them…
A calorie is simply a measure of energy.
1 calorie is the amount of energy required to increase the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius.
The official measure of energy is Joule. 1 calorie equals 4.184 joules.
One dietary Calorie (kilocalorie) is 4184 joules.
Many trendy diets are based upon nothing more than a simple calorie deficit.
It’s a simple concept and makes dieting straightforward (in theory) and highly attractive. “If you want to loose some pounds, consume fewer calories.”
However, the theory is misleading, confusing, deceptive, and incorrect at best. Calories are just an itsy bitsy part of the story.
Here are 6 reasons why…
- Fancy yourself some FAT
Fat is satiating, satisfying, calming, and necessary for proper body functioning of the brain and endocrine system – i.e. hormone building and balancing.
Contrary to the many outdated myths about fat, fat does NOT make you FAT. In fact, when you eat good, natural fats with your meals, you will be satiated longer, your blood sugar with be stabilized and you will notice more balance in your energy.
When you count fat into your calorie counter, you will find it has more calories per gram. You could see why it would be tempting to cut it out all together and lower your calorie intake. This is NOT a good idea.
- Help out your hormones
The mother of all your hormones is insulin. With insulin on your team, in balance and harmony, you will maintain balance in your blood sugar levels and stay in the fat burning zone – most of us like the sound of that.
When insulin is out of balance – you guessed it – your are in fat storing mode.
The truth is, when you compare the calories of a carrot and a cookie, they may be similar, but the cookie will reek havoc on your blood sugar, while the carrot has a much more gentle effect. Both have the same amount of calories, but the cookie leaves you storing fat – yikes!!
The domino effect of insulin being out of balance impacts a slue of other hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, adrenaline, and thyroid hormones, throwing the delicate hormonal balance of the body into total mayhem.
According to Dr. Mercola:
“Obesity rates and diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune problems, and autism have skyrocketed.
Metabolic problems and inflammation have been set ablaze by decades of bad dietary advice.
The low-fat (thus high carb) diet craze is largely responsible for the metabolic catastrophe we see today.
The more people who have cut out saturated fats and increased carbohydrates and "diet foods," the fatter and sicker we've become, as a nation.”
- The way OUT is IN:
Our mind-body connection is the most important connection we have to navigate what feels best in our bodies – how to eat, move, sleep, and best take care of ourselves.
Our intuition is primal, powerful, and always present. When we spend so much time externalizing our eating – i.e. calorie counting – we weaken this relationship rather than strengthening it.
The ability to listen to our body’s needs, wants, cravings, and signals is where we have become lost in our eating and in our relationship to food.
Rather than spending our precious time and energy on an external approach to health, try spending that useful energy on listening to your body, trusting your body, strengthening your intuitive eating muscle and being the wisdom and protector of your own health.
- Fake food is not FREE food:
Many of the low calorie products claim to have a low impact on your calorie intake, but most of them are made from refined, processed, and even synthetic ingredients that trick your body temporarily into satisfaction, which doesn’t last or do you any good nutritionally. Your cravings creep in, you don’t feel satiated for long and you most often end up eating more (refined) food.
High quality, nutrient dense foods may be higher in calories, but they also satisfy you for longer. For example, whole foods may have more calories but they also take more energy to process and digest than processed foods.
- Good girl – Bad girl:
As a culture, we are very good at placing undue stress on ourselves, especially around eating and our bodies. When we set specific calorie restrictions, we often set ourselves up for disappointment, failure, and more self-shame and blame.
We find ourselves planning to achieve a certain goal around our calorie intake, but when it comes down to it, many of us don’t have the strength to override our natural hunger cues, cravings and insatiability.
This vicious cycle can cause us to internalize stress during meal times setting us up for the doomed “good girl – bad girl” mentality.
- Consumed by Calorie Counting:
For those of us who succeed in the restriction mentality, we find ourselves always hungry, and always thinking about food.
When we aren’t getting enough nourishment, we find ourselves concerned about what to eat at the next meal, obsessed about when our next meal will be, worried about eating, and overly and utterly consumed with thoughts about eating and food.
Calorie counting can become just like any other addiction. This food obsession could then distract us from all the beauty and pleasure we can experience in life.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, lean and strong summertime bikini love affair...