For a long time, I resisted anything to do with Bodyrock or Zuzana. I still have never done one of her workouts, even though Mel, one of my closest tri buddies (and most h-core fellow instructors), raves about them. Bee is blogging about seeing the Bodyrock light over at Bee Goes Bananas. There was always something about the workouts that seemed to…raunchy…for me. I assumed that anything she had to say about eating would also be ridiculous, but I was poking around her site today when I was searching for bootcamp inspiration (another form of not doing homework — yahoo — and I can call it personal development). I came up pretty empty handed on the workout front (mostly because I don’t like to watch vids, so if anyone wants to write out the workouts for me and share, I’m so game! 😉 )…
…but I did get into her Rock Your Diet posts and realized that although I don’t think you need to do what she says you need to (eat veggies at every single meal, earn certain breakfasts, etc.), she does get some stuff right:
- Eat when you start to feel a little bit hungry. Don’t wait until you are starving – when you are famished you run the risk of overeating and eating too quickly.
- Take your time eating and enjoy your food.
- Eat small portions. This weeks challenge will be about portion size control, so if you are unsure about what “small portion” means for you, we will be spending all this coming week going over it. When you finish eating you should feel light and satisfied. If you feel heavy, too full or tired then you have most likely eaten too much. If you give your body too much food, it will start to store it as extra weight.
- Listen to your body. This expert may tell you this and this diet book may tell you that, but what helped me was getting back in tune with what my body was trying to tell me. I get a little call from my brain every 2-3 hours that I need to eat something because I’m a little bit hungry. If I’m not paying attention I can miss it, so it’s important to develop this basic body awareness. I believe that my body is more than capable of telling me when and how much I should be eating – the trick is learning to listen.
- talking about focusing on what you can add to help you move towards healthy eating instead of on what you should avoid
- talking about why you should eat more fruits and veggies with every meal
- talking about drinking more water
That being said, I’ve intentionally left out a few of her diet challenges that I thought were borderline triggering. I also included this post because I think it’s important to be able to exposed to formerly triggering things and to be able to take them for what their worth. Besides a 6 pack and serious youtube following, this woman has not much to offer (no offence). I’d rather take my nutrition advice from a dietitian or someone who works out like I do–like a triathlete, runner, cyclist, fitness instructor–and not for 12 minutes a day 😉 (I’m teasing).
I do think some of her stuff is good though, so I thought I’d use it as a double opportunity to share it and to reflect on getting to a point where I can see what’s healthy for me to buy into and what’s perhaps not the best. I see similar things with magazines that I read (i.e. Self or Shape or Women’s Health or even sports-focused magazines) and with the media all the time (television, society in general, etc. promoting certain goals or ideals…that might be okay for lots of people but not for me). I think being able to decide what’s healthy for you is KEY, especially if you want to work in the field of fitness or health or if you want to be a blogger, I guess! Comparison traps and assuming that what’s right for other is right for you is a recipe for disaster, in my opinion. Look out for yourselves!
where have you been surprised to find motivation?
have you ever done a Bodyrock workout?
what would you include in a post about tackling emotional eating?
I’m still in the market for bootcamp ideas–help?