Why I Don’t Count Calories

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A lot of people ask me about the meals that I prepare and the food I eat weekly, wondering how many calories are in them. I used to count calories obsessively, but then I stopped for a variety of reasons, including the fact that there are huge benefits to eating foods that are naturally high in fat such as fish, eggs, avocados, olives, nuts, and seeds that I was previously afraid to eat. I feel good after eating these foods; they have beneficial nutrients, and I don’t need calories to tell me whether or not to eat them. Here are a few of the things I do now instead of count calories:

  1. Make an effort to seek out foods that I know are healthy and put them on the weekly menu
  2. Take note of how my body feels before and after I eat certain things. Do certain foods give me more energy? Do others make me more sluggish or tired?
  3. Plan my workout schedule for the week so I know my level of activity and how much protein I will need to fuel myself
  4. Eat when I am are hungry, and eat until I’m full
  5. Treat myself occasionally and fully enjoy the flavors of the food to the fullest!

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