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Sohee Lee, MS, CSCS*D, CISSN

…and I do every single one of these things now ⁣😸💃
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Nowadays, I typically don’t eat my first meal until the afternoon, I prefer bigger, less frequent times throughout the day, rice or potatoes make a notable appearance almost every meal, dinner is sometimes at 10pm or later, and fries, donuts, and pizza are my jam. ⁣
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The beginning of my fitness journey didn’t quite look like this, however. In fact, I fell for just about every nutrition myth in the book. I was obsessed with “eating clean”, I ate 6 small meals a day, and I developed a fear of anything that was considered junk food. I genuinely believed I needed to do all of this for the sake of optimizing my health, but what I didn’t realize was that these were all unnecessary, and I was needlessly forcing myself to eat in a way that I didn’t enjoy. ⁣
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In large part because of these mistakes, I am super gungho about making sure that people actually like the way they eat - while also consuming mostly nutrient-dense foods and eating in a way that aligns with their goals. There are many, many different correct ways to go about this, as it turns out. ⁣
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My current personal preferences may change over time. I may become a breakfast fiend again, and perhaps I will one day lose my love for all things potatoes (though highly, highly unlikely). You may find your own tastes evolving from year to year as well. This is ALL fine. ⁣
⁣ #eatliftthrive

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Sohee Lee, MS, CSCS*D, CISSN

While calorie intake absolutely matters, so does food choice. Think about not just the energy density of your foods but also nutrient density. I’ve picked 1,800 Calories as a somewhat arbitrary number to show you two versions of what a day’s worth of eating could look like. Consider the following: ⁣⁣
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1️⃣ENERGY DENSITY. Some foods are going to have more calories per volume than others. Fruits and veggies plus other nutrient-dense foods tend to give you more food volume bang for your buck. ⁣⁣
2️⃣NUTRIENT DENSITY. Are a Big Mac, fries and ribs providing you with the daily micronutrients your body needs? Probably not. Long-term, is a diet filled with this kind of food going to leave you feeling your best? Unlikely. ⁣⁣
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This is not to say that you should always, always stick to the types of foods on the right. While food volume can make a difference in hunger/satiety and nutrient density absolutely matters, it’s okay to have indulgences every now and then. ⁣⁣
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Most days, your eating should look something like what’s on the right; occasionally, eating like what’s on the left won’t be the end of the world. ⁣⁣
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Just some food for thought. ⁣

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Remove the stigma surrounding mental health struggles. ⁣
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I have said recently that this is the happiest I’ve felt in my entire adult life - and this is true. I have an unbelievably loving partner @bdccarpenter who actively encourages me to be myself and work on my own self-development, I’ve achieved many of my career aspirations, I love what I do for a living, and in countless ways, I’m privileged beyond imagination. And even so, the past several months have been extraordinarily difficult, as I’m sure they have been for many of you. ⁣
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As an anxiety-prone recovering perfectionist, I’ve been full of worry and stress over numerous matters. I’ve oscillated between feeling overwhelmed with the amount of love I have in my life and feeling devastatingly lonely and misunderstood. I’m still grappling with several traumatic experiences from my past. Despite everything I have going for me, I sometimes have found myself feeling hopeless and unexcited for the future. There have been days when merely being alive has felt like a struggle. ⁣
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That’s why I’ve gone back to seeking therapy so I can receive professional help again. ⁣
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It would be disingenuous of me to post as though I am happy all the time. Personally, I’ve found it at times discouraging and deflating when I’ve seen nothing but positive vibes on other people’s platforms - because I don’t measure up to that. On the flip side, I can’t tell you how refreshing it can be when someone admits to feeling sad, forlorn, and angry.⁣
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I know there are people out there suffering in silence, pretending like everything is fine when it’s very, very not. That’s why I so appreciate people like @coachmarkcarroll who use their platforms in part to openly share their own mental health battles. ⁣
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So yes, I am happy - and yet, I am also struggling. ⁣
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It’s okay to not be okay. ⁣
There’s no shame in seeking therapy. ⁣
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Also, puppies help. (Pictured here is Lola, who belongs to @drjoshuawolrich).

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Sohee Lee, MS, CSCS*D, CISSN

One of the many, many mistakes I made at the beginning of my own fitness journey was overhauling my entire diet to only include “clean” foods and stick to a rigid training and cardio regimen with complete disregard for the impact on my mental health. ⁣
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While I was consuming more nutrient-dense foods than ever and exercising nearly every day, my social life slowly dwindled down to nothing, and I became an irritable, anxiety-ridden hermit. Ultimately, I ended up far unhappier than my pre-fitness days - but even so, it took me several more years for me to realize that I was missing the point entirely. ⁣
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Your physical health obviously matters. But so does your mental health. ⁣
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Is skipping that get-together with your friends really worth it just so you can get in a lifting session?⁣
Is it always better to turn down a slice of cake - even if it’s for your own birthday? ⁣
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There’s not necessarily a right or wrong answer here. There’s almost always going to have some trade-off that needs to be made. ⁣
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But you don’t have so be so “all in” with your fitness endeavors that you miss out on life. ⁣
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Something to think about. ⁣
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#eatliftthrive

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Meme Sohee is back with a little ranty rant. ⁣
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How many of you have been duped into forking over your money for a program or service from someone solely because they “looked the part” and claimed to have the ultimate solution to your fitness woes? ⁣
How many of you later realized that you mistook their physique as a sign that they had the legitimate knowledge and expertise to truly help you? ⁣
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I’ve been there. ⁣
You probably have, too. ⁣
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What’s worse - people are STILL falling for it. A lot of this is human nature, of course. It’s normal psychology to attribute someone’s look to being a credible expert in their field. ⁣
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But being jacked and lean doesn’t automatically make you a qualified professional. ⁣
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You can be ripped while falling for every fitness myth in the book and not knowing an actual damn thing about training and nutrition. In this case, you could say that someone got lean DESPITE what they did, not because of what they did. ⁣
On the flip side, you can also be incredibly knowledgeable on all things training and nutrition without having shredded abs. ⁣
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You should be looking to see if someone prioritizes continuing education, tries to be as objective/unbiased as possible, and cares about providing accurate information. ⁣
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Be mindful of who you support, give your money to, and trust for reliable information. ⁣
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/rantover ⁣

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