Why You Need A Nutritionist May 5, 2015 May 05 2015 I used to be really bad at going to the gym. Like, really bad. It went something like this: Step on treadmill. Warm up for 5 minutes. Start jogging lightly for a few minutes. My shins hurt. My shins hurt. Why do they hurt? Reduce speed. I’ve heard about this interval-training thing. Will jog for 1 minute and walk for 1 minute and do this for 10 minutes. I’m bored. Running sucks. Machines suck. I’ll do some bicep curls now. 8lb for 12 reps and 4 sets! Hm, maybe I’ll skip that last set. And so I pandered around, hopping on and off machines, trying out different exercises I had found online. I would then settle on having a solo dance party at home or going for a long walk instead. I told myself I just wasn’t “a gym person”. Until I got a personal trainer for 9 months. And then a miraculous thing happened. I actually started to like the gym. I even had favourite machines and favourite exercises. Whaa–? And best of all, for the first time in my life I hit my goals and reduced my body fat from 24% to 18%. Hiring a personal trainer was an amazing decision not only for the results, but also because it taught me: Discipline The art of making time to exercise How to exercise with the correct form How to perform a variety of exercises for each muscle group How to exercise based on my personal fitness goals and body type…so I never had to hire a personal trainer again As a Holistic Nutritionist, what I started noticing is that most people approach healthy eating how I used to approach the gym – I had the best of intentions, but had no idea what I was doing. Whether it’s weight loss or addressing a specific health condition, I have countless friends and colleagues who have tried fad diets since they were teenagers, diagnosed themselves online, or tried to eat healthy but then given up because they didn’t know what to make beyond grilled chicken and salad. They thought healthy eating was unsustainable and boring. Expensive. Or took too much time. But that’s because they didn’t know how. I promise you, the following will never work out for you in the long run: Diets. (Atkins, South Beach, Zone, cabbage soup etc.) Living in denial that there is a kitchen in your house and eating out all the time. You’ll get sick more often and break the bank Winging it. Assuming eating salad everyday will get you to your goals. Unlikely, because you’ll see a slice of pizza one day and lose your #$&! and eat the whole box. Trying to self-diagnose yourself on webMD. Please go see a professional. Here’s what does work, and worked for me: Learning how to cook Eating real food (nothing that comes out of a box) Planning my meals ahead of time Having a fully stocked kitchen (with healthy food) to avoid ordering in Being patient with myself, not asking for perfection Any personal trainer will tell you that getting results is 80% nutrition and 20% physical activity. So why is it that we spend thousands of dollars on personal trainers, but we don’t even think about getting educated or trained to eat better? I launched these nutritional coaching programs to fill the gap in the market. Think of me as a personal trainer who’ll kick your butt… in the kitchen! I’ll teach you how to eat, shop and cook for YOUR individual health goals. Stay tuned for free recipes & education on the site and check out the coaching packages – it might just be the best thing you ever did for yourself. About Alina I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.