Thursday, June 6, 2013

Why I Follow the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan

I've been asked a few times lately why I (a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) am following the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan. "Shouldn't you know what to eat" has been brought up, and so has "you have a degree in nutrition, why do you need help?" Ah, if only a bachelor's degree in nutrition taught me the holistic approach to food that Tone It Up has taught me....

Don't get me wrong. I am a nutrition expert. I know how to, and am legally permitted to prescribe diet plans to people with all types of health issues as well as those who want to lose weight. I can tell you how to eat, map it out, and if you follow'll get results. The problem with me is...I don't practice what I preach. Not surprisingly, everyone struggles with their weight and I'm no exception. So, I actually bought the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan when I was a senior in college. I was sick of feeling like the "fat" friend and wanted an easy plan to follow. Now, 3 years later...I'm finally committing myself to it. In the past I was so good at making up excuses. I was a graduate student with a full time internship, busy all the time, taking tests...I didn't have time to wake up early and pack meals. Or, I lived at home and my parents cooked for me, "I have to eat what they make me." Then, after moving out of my parents house, getting my first full-time job, and living with my boyfriend--I started to eat what he ate. Which was not good. It was pasta for dinner, peanut butter sandwiches at 9pm because I was hungry before bed, and trying to pretend we were still in college on the weekends (aka drinking and pizza). Before I knew it I was the most uncomfortable I had been in a while. Luckily, I checked myself right around the 10 pound gain mark and decided to change. It wasn't until now, the Bikini Series, that I really committed and have seen changes. And besides eating better, it's working out that Tone It Up gives me motivation for. For the first time since I was 17 I'm seeing the outline of abs. And all it took was someone challenging me.

So yes, I bought the Nutrition Plan as an RDN because I needed it. I needed structure in my eating and it has ended up teaching me so much more than that. In my own life, I am approaching nutrition naturally and holistically. Someday soon I will have a practice where I can share that approach as well. But until then, I am still the nutrition expert who needed help to kick her own butt into shape. 

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  1. Great post!!! I'm so proud of you :)

    I totally agree. I bought it because I NEEDED someone to tell me what to eat and when. I knew what to eat and how to workout, but wasn't motivated to stick to it. For me, spending the money and having an outline plan was all it took for me to follow and stick to it.

    1. Thanks, partner :) I'm so happy with the changes I see...and my ability to make healthy choices without feeling like I'm "missing out."

  2. This was such a good post! Believe me, I need a good kick in the ass sometimes as well!

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