Motivation Monday: Clean Eating

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Health and fitness experts seem to agree on the mantra that fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise, which makes sense totally sucks. If we work hard in the gym, in the water or on the trails, shouldn’t we be able to dine as we please? After all, exercise makes me ravenous. And I like to have my cake and eat it too.

With the holidays upon us, clean ratings even tougher. It’s not everyday that were surrounded by decadent desserts and savory dishes we’ve been waiting for all year.

Personally, dragging myself to the gym, on a run or into hours-long surf sessions is easy. I love working out, feeling my body push past its limits, and the euphoric feeling that comes after.

Working out makes me feel strong, sexy, happy and healthy. And while I eat pretty good most of the time, I feel like I do deserve a treat now and then – or maybe a little more often that just now and then. (shhh, don’t tell!)

Basically, finding motivation to work out is easy. Finding motivation to eat well, however, is not. Nutrition is always the very hardest part of any fitness program or healthy lifestyle in general. We all get hungry, and end up at a friend’s bbq or driving home late at night with grumbling stomachs and nothing but kale in the fridge. And goddammit, you don’t want any more freaking kale. And that’s when healthy eating goes out the window.

This week’s motivation monday focuses on clean eating, which I consider optimal nutrition at its finest. Whole foods, plant based (for us veg folk) and with as little non-organics and gmo’s as our wallets can handle.

Happy (clean) eating!

Nikki

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