Angela’s rules for food and life.

Fat loss without diets, macros and meal planning.

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Torrechiara Custle, Parma, Italy

“How are you going to accomplish that? Getting photoshoot lean without tracking calories and macros? I’m pretty lean but would like to get shredded and don’t seem to be able to do that.”

Just a regular conversation in the comments on my Instagram @1000yearyoung.

Life is all about making choices. Every day you make millions of them. Sometimes you make them by actively choosing something. More often though, you make choices by doing nothing or going for a default — you choose without realizing it. And then you wonder, how the heck your life turned out to be that way? You definitely didn’t choose it!

More often though, you make choices by doing nothing or going for a default — you choose without realizing it. And then you wonder, how the heck your life turned out to be that way? You definitely didn’t choose it!

And yet you did.

Every time you said yes to another piece of cake, when the first one was more than enough for flavorful tasting experience and joy.

Every time you decided to watch another movie instead of going out for a bike ride, because the weather wasn’t “perfect”.

Every time you decided to buy what was the most convenient, instead of what was best for you.

Every time you decided to say yes to a job just because it was offered to you, instead of getting out there, getting after the job, that your heart sings about.

Every time you decided to get into a relationship or to get married, because it was “the time”, and because she/he was good enough, instead of spending time to know yourself, and to learn what kind of partner you truly wanted, looking for them till you find them, knowing exactly what you wanted.

Every time I put a piece of food in my mouth, like this Parmegiano-Reggiano in Parma, Italy, followed by ham and balsamic tasting, and a couple of pieces of Ravioli, at a hidden-in-a-beautiful-campagna trattoria, every time I put a piece of food in my mouth, I know why I do it. I know, what the future looks like with these food choices. I know, what kind of body these foods will create, what health, what energy levels — I don’t fool myself. I choose because of what I want to experience and have in life, because today’s choice is tomorrow’s present.

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Trying 36-months-old Parmegiano-Reggiano
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What I did on this rainy Saturday

Maybe it’s because I’m naturally a visionary, I connect my present choices with the future easily?

Maybe it’s because I’ve been studying nutrition and food for 2 decades, that now I know exactly how it’s gonna end?

Maybe it’s because I’m such an introvert and I think about things more often than others?

I don’t know why.

But every time I make a choice I know it, I feel it, I can almost see it! See how it ends and where it leads.

So instead of asking myself, whether I should or shouldn’t it eat, I ask myself, “What do you want? What do you REALLY want?”

So instead of asking myself, whether I should or shouldn’t it eat, I ask myself, “What do you want? What do you REALLY want?”

And choosing between feeling and looking my best, on the top of the world, phenomenal, in fact, and… eating some more food for variety of experience, or because it’s there? It just doesn’t compare.

When I have a day of food experiences, like this day in Parma, I enjoy it fully, it’s one-in-a-lifetime kind of experience, and then I get back to my routine. I don’t eat much the next day (The body welcomes so much needed rest of too much food joyfully!), I go back to eating my staple foods, lots of veggies and fish, that I truly enjoy. I made all this planning, my exact behavior in this scenario years ago — so it’s no struggle at all.

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Ravioli with Spinach and Parmigiano-Reggiano
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Just visited CONTI ham family production operation

No decisions. No willpower. No choice-making.

Just choices made in advance.

Because they work for me. For the future I’d like to live in.

Back to our tracking question.

Choices.

These days I like to call them rules.

Angela’s rules for food and life.

Some of them for the task at hand:

  • 18 hours of fasting
  • 1–2 meals, no snacking
  • Training before noon, eating between noon and 6PM
  • Sunday 42 hour fasting
  • For each meal: unlimited non-starchy veggies, 500g of whole protein-rich foods per day (like fish, meat, eggs etc)
  • Extras: nuts, oils and butters, Parmegiano-Reggiano, avocados, 100% chocolate, olives, 2 servings per day

What if there’s a holiday family/friends dinner?

Do you WANT to enjoy all the food? Or just the time with the family is what you want to enjoy the most?

Enjoying the food:

  • Have lots of veggies, protein rich food first. Enjoy any food you want. Eat slowly.
  • Have a light/no eating day the next day.
  • Get back to your routine.

Enjoying the time:

  • Make the best choices from what’s available.
  • Enjoy all the activities, conversations, connections.
  • Get back to your routine.

Going on a romantic getaway? Want to relax, enjoy everything, food including?

  • Set a start date for the “party”.
  • Set a finish date. All in advance.
  • Get back to your routine on schedule, making adjustments as needed.

It’s actually simple as you can see.

Know what you want — health, body, fitness. Pre-make your choices, pre-define your routines in advance, not at the “hot” moments. Make decisions once. Know why you made it. Build your environment around your choices, making them easy and obvious.

Know what you want — health, body, fitness. Pre-make your choices, pre-define your routines in advance, not at the “hot” moments. Make decisions once. Know why you made it. Build your environment around your choices, making them easy and obvious.

I have rules and pre-defined choices for every area of my life, that is important for me.

My family and friends, my romantic relationships, my health and fitness, my sleep, my work and career, my wardrobe, aisle or window seat on the airplane, fish or chicken, still or sparkling, sweet or savory, well-done or medium-rare…

Unlimited choices don’t make your life better or richer, unless you know how to make choices, that work better for you, for the life you want to experience.

When you realize that more of — food, clothes, travels, people… — doesn’t equal more happiness, a better life and life lived well. You might start choosing better. Choosing one-of-a-kind Michelin star dinner instead of an all-inclusive buffet.

What’s next?

What’s important for you in different areas of your life? What do you want to experience? — Pre-write your choices for each situation you are struggling with.

Need some advice and help from a coach who helped many people worked through this mess of unlimited and confusing choices?

Schedule our free call and I’ll help you to brainstorm some ideas and create a healthy living and healthy eating plan for your very specific life situations.

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Coach. Nutrition. Health. Weight Loss. Flexible Keto. Food Consultant. HEALTH FOUNDATION - FREE 📧EMAIL COURSE https://bit.ly/TeamLean

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