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The Art of Saying “NO”

OK, you’re all set, week one is down, and you’re rocking. You’re working out 4 times/week you got your groceries. Your meal prep game is on point, and you feel good. Then you get the phone call… “Hey don’t forget it’s my birthday tonight and you promised you’re coming.” We are all familiar with these scenarios. If not, here are a few quotes that may sound familiar. “You can drink that, or you can eat that it’s only one.” “One drink is not going to kill you” or the biggest one “C’ mon you’re ruining the fun.”

So let’s have fun with a little math. If you have more than one friend, family member, or work event. IT WILL NEVER BE JUST ONE. Now I’m not saying to bore yourself to death and never have fun but how about you choose when you engage and don’t let anyone else determine that for you. Let’s make it simple when you make your fitness plan, factor in times to “cheat” and if the event doesn’t fall in line then here are a few cool ways to say “NO” that may help.

  1. “NO” (Don’t elaborate. Don’t justify. Don’t discuss.)
  2. “I’m on a cleanse.”
  3. Sorry, that really doesn’t agree with me. I won’t feel good
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Let me start by saying I am not a nutritionist. I am a CPT who covered fundamental aspects of nutrition. I have read a few books about food and consult with nutritionists regularly. No-one, not even a professional should have the final say on what you put in your body. The information that specialists provide is just suggestions. If you try a Vegan diet and your body doesn’t feel well, then do yourself a favor and stop. If you are on high protein meat-eating diet and your body doesn’t feel well, then please just stop. Do not let anyone force you into following their path or their journey, that path or journey is for them, not you.

My personal opinion is that anything excessive is going to be potentially damaging. If you eat an excessive amount of meat or carbs the potential for a negative impact exists.

My suggestion is that you combine the information you receive from reputable sources with how you feel and come to your own well-informed conclusion.

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