My wife and I just got back from a dream trip in Sicily. My family is originally from there and I’ve been wanting to do this trip for about as long as I can remember.
We saw ancient ruins that are in better condition than the most famous ruins in Greece…
Swam in turquoise waters…
… and we ate ALL the pasta.
It got me thinking about how I coach my clients to approach their goals and how most of the rest of the world approaches their own.
They tend to be very, very different.
Right now, there are around 70,000 diet books for sale on Amazon.
That’s not a typo. S-e-v-e-n-t-y T-h-o-u-s-a-n-d.
And if you search the internet for advice on diet and fitness, you’ll find that number skyrocket into millions of search results.
So then why do most of us struggle so hard with our goals?
I have a lot of thoughts on this, but what I want to highlight here is this…
People who fail, most often, take an all-or-nothing approach to their goals.
It looks something like this…
You’ve been super buttoned up with your “diet.” You’re drinking plenty of water, eating clean and making sure to incorporate lots of fruits and veggies.
And then you find yourself traveling and it all goes out the window faster than a good avocado goes bad.
It doesn’t have to be like this.
Honestly. It starts by giving yourself permission to be less than perfect.
So many of us are caught up in the perfectionist’s trap. It’s that all-or-nothing approach that stresses us out, leaving us drained and depressed when we give up on our goals.
The real key to health and happiness? Small steps.
I’ll repeat that because it’s just two words that are easy to miss (that’s partially why most people miss it)…
The real key to health and happiness is taking small steps.
The problem is that small steps aren’t sexy.
I can pretty much guarantee you that my publisher isn’t going to be beating down my door to buy my next book titled Small, Boring Steps to Massive Success.
And that’s perfectly fine. Because what I care most about is empowering you with real information that can actually change your life.
Of all the people that I’ve worked with around the world – and that number is in the millions if you count the people who do my videos and programs online – the ones who succeed in achieving their goals take small steps.
So, here are 3 small steps you can take right now to take control of your health to feel and look your absolute best.
#1. Eat Slowly and Mindfully
Sound boring? It works.
How many times do you wolf down your food while thumbing through your phone?
We all do it.
But if you put down your phone and settle in to really enjoy the full-on experience of eating with all your senses, you’d be surprised how much more you actually enjoy your food.
And if weight loss is a goal of yours, you’ll be surprised at how this practice helps you feel fuller, faster. Overall you’ll eat less, without feeling like you’re depriving yourself.
#2. Eat Fruits and Veggies at Every Meal
You’ve probably heard the old calories in vs. calories out theory. Eat less calories than you burn and you’ll lose weight.
While this may be essentially true, it negates what I believe to be the most important thing: nutrient-density.
When you focus on eating nutrient-dense foods in appropriate portion sizes, your body will not only begin to find its natural weight, but you’ll feel totally optimized.
The nutrients in fruits and vegetables impact you on a cellular level.
But it doesn’t need to be boring. Experiment with different flavor combinations and find new and exciting ways to add fruits and veggies – whether fresh, frozen, canned, dried or 100% juice – to your meals. I promise, it’s easier than you may think.
And if you want more energy and less fatigue, more mental clarity and fewer blue moods, then taking the very small step of making sure you’re eating vegetables and fruit at every meal is one of the easiest ways to get there.
#3. Measure Meals Masterfully
Is there anything in the world more mind-numbing and laborious than tracking your calories or weighing your food on a scale?
I’m sure there is, but if you’ve ever done it then you know how quickly it gets old.
Good news? You don’t need to.
Use your hands to estimate your portion sizes.
Your palm is your protein. Your fist is your veggie. Your cupped palm is your starchy carb. And your thumb is your added fat.
Women have one of each at every meal. Men have two of each at every meal.
Sounds ridiculously simple, but try this method of measuring your meals for a few weeks and watch how easy it is.
This is the exact same strategy I use with all of my private clients and it works like magic.
I have a great guide called Nutrition Simplified that explains all of this with easy-to-understand illustrations.
You can’t buy it, but you can get it as a free gift when you purchase my 14 Day Total Body Workout Program.
The free guide alone makes it worth the price.
Speaking of which, you get to choose what you want to pay.
You can check it out here- www.totallytonedonline.com
I put these three small steps into practice while Kate and I were in Sicily. We had the time of our lives, felt amazing and were able to eat all the pasta, literally every day, without packing regret in our suitcases for the journey home.