Finding the Balance | Amanda Meixner
As an expert meal prepper and fitness fanatic, Amanda Meixner is all about sharing her health and nutrition tips. She is constantly striving to improve in all areas of life but especially when it comes to health, fitness, and well-being. “I wish someone had taught me early in life that eating healthy wasn’t about starving yourself but rather about fueling yourself with the right foods. That’s what really motivated me to start sharing my journey, so I could empower other people with the same knowledge and share the things I’ve learned throughout the years. As I’ve continued to grow and learn, I share tips about everything; from the benefits of meditating, to how to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet, to meal ideas and recipes,” Amanda tells me.
Importance of a Balanced Diet
Let’s rewind a little bit. Fitness is anything but new to Amanda. Amanda was a very active kid. She played a lot of sports including track, soccer and swimming, “I associated exercise with feeling my best,” Amanda says. It wasn’t until she had a revelation about the importance of having a balanced diet that she really began to feel great. “I realized eating the right foods is instrumental for my general feeling of well-being, so I quickly made that a priority in my life. In the past year, I’ve also realized meditation, recovery, and sleep are also crucial for me,” Amanda explains.
Intrigued by Amanda’s growth, I wanted to know more about what stimulated the changes that she began to make. It turns out that she had developed an eating disorder in her teen years. That led her to really started paying attention to the foods she ate. “I remember looking at celebrities in magazines thinking “How do I look like that?” Luckily, she had the proper support system in place to overcome my unhealthy relationship with food. Through experimenting, reading articles and studies online, and now listening to podcasts, I have been able to teach myself how to use foods to fuel my activities and learn different nutrition hacks along the way,” Amanda describes.
It’s so good to hear that Amanda was able to overcome her eating disorder and move forward to create a healthier lifestyle. It’s even better that she is now able to share her story and help others better themselves.
“I would say my eating disorder was the biggest obstacle I’ve overcome. With professional help and the support of my family, I was able to dig myself out of that psychological hole. It can be a slippery slope to get out of without help. I’m happy to come out on the other side with a greater found appreciation for nutrition education.
My job now is to help others and share my advice with them. So whether you are trying to overcome an eating disorder or just generally making a change to create a healthier version of you, my best advice make step one picking your WHY. The stronger you can tie in your WHY into the habits you’re creating, the less likely you will be to quit. It could be for your children or for feeling your very best or for finally being able to go on the active trip you’ve been dreaming of.
Once you have your WHY nailed down, don’t be afraid to start small. Start by getting in the habit of going to the grocery store every week and maybe even buy some pre-made salads instead of going out to eat as much. If you’re used to going out to eat 6 days a week, knock it down to 2 or 3. Once you start getting in the habit of buying healthy food, you can start to work in cooking more of it. You could try to meal prep snacks and lunches and then cook dinner at home at night. Again, slowly making changes and food swaps as your palate develops and you learn what works for your body,” Amanda advises.
Making an Impact
To overcome an unhealthy situation and creating a better life for herself has certainly been a high point for Amanda. But the best part of all of this for her has been the ability to help others.
“The most rewarding part about this journey is being able to help people through the platforms I’m on. I’m so glad I can share what’ve I’ve learned and help people skip the mistakes I made. The more I learn – the more I can share! The kind messages I receive from people saying I changed their lives and thanking me for sharing so much helpful information all the time make it worth all the work,” Amanda states.
Think about the 80/20 rule: If you get 80% of your impact from 20% of what you do, what is that 20% for someone just starting?
Focus on nutrition first. If you spend 3 hours on Sunday grocery shopping then meal prepping, that’s actually only 1% of your time for the week but you’ll be set for Monday through Friday! If you feel like you’re ready to incorporate exercise into your routine, HIIT training is one of the most effective forms of exercise that require the least amount of time. Do sprint intervals for 20 minutes and you’ll be surprised at all the amazing benefits you’ll gain in a small amount of time. You will have to really push yourself, but it will be worth it.
Why do you think a person’s mindset is so integral to their success?
Your mindset is what gives you the edge to succeed. Keeping an overall positive and improvement mindset will help you break through those tough days. It will also keep you from getting too distracted or veering too far off course. If you understand on a deeper level the “WHY” behind your desire to accomplish your goals.
What’s your beliefs on performance diet like? Do you prescribe to a particular philosophy on diet (example: Paleo, Gluten free, etc…)?
The foundation of my diet beliefs are little, to no processed foods as possible. Stick to quality, nutritious whole foods as much as possible (fruit, veggies, grass-fed meats, nuts, nutritious carbs) and stick to trusted, high-quality vetted brands when it comes to more processed snacks. I would say overall I lean more paleo but don’t follow it strictly.