Although I am not a big fan of Nutri Grain bars, I do really dig their commercial. It shows a split screen as the viewer watches a woman’s meal choices throughout her day. On one side of the screen you see her start with a donught, parlay that to a big burrito for lunch, grabbing for a cookie during a meeting and then munching mindlessly on the couch at night. On the other side of the screen, it shows her alter ego starting her day with a Nutri Grain bar, eating a light salad for lunch, grabbing a fruit cup during that same meeting and then ending her day without snacking on the couch.
What does this commercial say to you? I love the message of it. To me, it says- one smart move leads to another. When you start your day off right- whether it is with a workout or a healthy meal, your inclination to stay the course increases. How many times do you start your day, week or even month off wrong- with a decadent meal or skipped workout- and think- well, hell- there goes my diet. I’ll start again “tomorrow” or “Monday” or “next Month.”
I challenge you to go easier on yourself when you don’t stay the good health course. Instead of beating yourself up over your big Mexican fiesta meal at lunch, just go light at dinner and MOVE ON. Don’t derail your healthy intentions and plans because you had one bad meal. Don’t be that lady in the commercial who mindlessly munches the wrong things all day because her day started off wrong.
Oh, and please, don’t start your day with Nutri Grain bars (sorry Kellogg!) You need more balance and calories than that. Try for a balanced meal of oatmeal, berries and tea or an egg, wheat toast topped with some cottage cheese.