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Food is fuel! We must eat right to provide our body with the energy needed to carry out essential functions, to perform at a high level both mentally and physically, and to recover from what you do during workouts. I recognize that food is a source of joy and even part of our social lives, but ultimately, its primary purpose is to fuel and energize our bodies. That’s the mindset we need as we embark on this program!

First and foremost, there are other indicators of success than that number on the scale! Keep an eye out for a decrease in body fat percentage, improved energy, and a happier, healthier mindset. The scale doesn’t tell the full story- so stop caring so much about your weight and start caring more about becoming YOUR BEST SELF.

 

A reminder that the primary goals (as we apply the information in this site and YOUR BEST SELF) are:

 

1. Decrease body fat percentage

2. Improve Energy Levels (increased metabolism)

3. Toned, firm, and defined physique

 

You’re looking to change your body composition—to burn fat, and add lean muscle. Cutting calories isn’t always the answer! Let me explain.

 

If you were to increase your daily caloric intake by 50 grams of protein versus 50 grams of carbohydrates, there would be significant differences observed in terms of physical performance and body composition. Endurance athletes need more carbohydrates while those seeking to increase strength should consume more grams of protein. Simply put, tracking your macronutrients (proteins, carbs, and fats) matter!

This site and YOUR BEST SELF are here to help you understand what to eat, when to eat, and even how to eat. Flip through the blog posts and read the "Education" section of YOUR BEST SELF guide for all the information you need to become your healthiest self.

Healthy Grocery List

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