Health Takes Time: LOVE the PROCESS

Corrie-Beth Lipowski

Do you consistently make thoughtful food choices?

If you're reading this, chances are you may but I really want you to internalize this question. Go back and read it again.It makes me laugh inside when I sit down for a nutrition chat and my client says they eat healthy because they have “salad” for lunch. They’re often startled when I start asking questions about WHAT they put in their salad and the specific types of protein, fruits, veggies, toppings and dressing they use.

Why is this so important? Clarity.

Client A eats a “ salad” each day for lunch. It includes romaine lettuce, 4 oz. grilled chicken breast, 6 sliced strawberries and fat-free balsamic dressing on the side. She also has 2 slices of Ezekiel bread alongside her salad. The salad alone adds up to 170 calories. The addition of the Ezekiel bread provides 4g of fiber and an additional 160 calories, for a meal total of 330 calories. We came up with this meal together based on a daily caloric target and knowing where the remainder of her calories would come from.

Client B has always eaten a “ salad” lunch and by her definition “ eats healthy” the remainder of her day. Yet she has consistently put on weight the past couple of years. When asked to provide details about her salad, I learned she is adding radishes, carrots, tomato, cucumbers, peppers, olives, baby corn, garbanzo beans, half an avocado, Asian noodles and olive oil to her green leaf lettuce.

Sounds reasonable, right? Except when we worked out the exact numbers of this salad, we discovered it’s a whopping 757 calories. It is around HALF of her daily caloric needs for fat -loss in one sitting! The rest of her “healthy” meals follows similarly. Good choices, way too many calories.


What this examples shows is that in order to be thoughtful about your food choices you need to know more about your food choices. It’s not just what, it’s how much.

As you list ingredients, my brain works like a rolodex and my sense of reasoning is tries to determine why you’re not losing weight. Are you (1) not eating enough, (2) eating too much, (3) not taking account of macros for your body’s needs.

The BEST WAY to take control of your nutrition is with A PLAN.

I have many friends in the field who tell clients to, “just make healthy choices”, or say, “don’t worry about counting calories, just eat what your body tells you it needs.” This is good advice but the fact is… it only works for a small degree of the population; a population I can’t even count myself in.

That should tell you everything you need to know about nutrition: I do this for a living and even I must keep track of what I eat.

What if your financial advisor told you, “just keep working hard” or, “don’t worry about what you spend, just buy things you need.” You’d probably think that was pretty crummy advice and chances are you’d go find someone else to manage your finances.

When it comes to money and calories, the numbers are no different.


You SHOULD know what you’re taking in or eating and you SHOULD know what you’re spending or expending. I’m not saying you have to “count calories” for the rest of your life, but take one week to really measure things out and track. You’re going to learn one of two things: either you’re undercutting yourself and could be eating more OR you’re overeating foods (toppings) you didn’t think mattered (oils, nuts, cheeses).

So often we say things like, “If I just had more time to track”, or, “I’m too busy to meal prep.” Would you ever say those things about earning money? If you had “no time” to track your income/ expenses or “no time” to make a budget, chances are you’d be in a whole lot more trouble. But why can’t we place the same importance on the things we eat?Hippocrates stated, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.” It’s the truth!

Food is meant to feed, fuel and nourish our bodies. Yet, we abuse our bodies by not taking control of what we put into our body’s furnace OR not making the time to thoughtfully choose what we consume.Yes, we live in an age where “fast” isn’t quick enough and “convenient” isn’t easy enough. But, no matter how fast things move around us, good nutrition will always take time.

THAT is why so many people never reach their goal. THAT is why people quit after a week. They’re looking for fast, immediate results and when it doesn’t happen, they get frustrated and claim “nothing works!”Bill Phillips states: FOOD is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America and EXERCISE is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant.

That means: track your food intake and get your butt to PURE PHYSIQUE! Slow, steady progress takes time. LOVE the journey, LOVE the process and BE PATIENT. Trust me, it’s worth it! You will LOVE the RESULTS.