Thought I'd talk about nutrition/food. Let me preface by saying:
I am not a nutritionist or dietitian, but I've done a lot of my own research and have worked with several nutritionists in the past. Also, everybody is different so what's healthy is going to vary from person to person. ---
A lot of times, we think that are bodies are against us- that if we overeat one day, we will automatically gain 5 lbs of fat. It doesn't work like that. Most of the time, our bodies are on our sides, trying to burn any excess calories and giving us energy. Gaining significant weight takes effort (trust me), a ton of excess calories (trust me), and it is usually connected to something besides the food/exercise situation (like hormonal issues, mental issues, etc).
This picture is from last year, I was probably around 125 pounds (5'4" btw), eating 2500-3000 calories a day, exercising regularly and maintaining my weight. Some of you might think that's a lot, but it was what MY body needed to feel good. I didn't cut out any food groups and I ate at all times of the day (no intermittent fasting). I did the whole cutting calories and doing tons of cardio thing in high school....really just leads you to an unhealthy relationship with food and with yourself. Don't be afraid to fuel your body- honor it, eat spinach for the vitamins/minerals and eat pizza..... well, because it's pizza!! (Or eat spinach on your pizza and you knock em both out)
➡️Also, building muscle speeds up your resting metabolism. (If you increase your muscle mass, you will burn more calories). Lift those weights y'all!
I rarely get sick or sore and I mostly attribute it to eating. Food is important for your immune system and recovery!! Your immune system starts in your gut which means eating things that promote good gut bacteria will help you to not get sick. Also, properly fueling your body after workouts will reduce soreness. ---
As a society, I think we do a really crappy job of informing children, teens, and adults about nutrition. Our culture is very centered around dieting and eliminating when I personally think we should be preaching balance. A lot of people develop eating disorders and anxiety ⬇️⬇️⬇