Why dieting doesn’t work.

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DIETS I even hate the fact they are called diets. When you google ‘diet’ this is what comes up first “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.” the second option that appears is “restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.” which taints the whole word and how it should be used.

In order to to loose weight yes you have to take a look at your diet but the the first meaning of the word “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats”. If your habits are poor and you have an unhealthy diet then you are going to struggle with living a healthy life and living in skin you feel comfortable in.

When did people replace the true meaning of diet with “to restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.”. I mean how painful does that sound even reading that sentence makes me cringe. Why would you restrict yourself to small amounts of food in order to lose weight when instead you could change the food that you habitually eat. On this blog and site I will refer to diet often but it is so important that it is understood that diet is just a word that describes what a person eats not how little or restrictive the food intake is.

Why diets in the second sense don’t work.

First of they are exactly that restrictive – you can only deprive your body of food for so long and usually when we do this by the time we realise we can’t do it forever we blow out and then eat more than ever before.

Dieting doesn’t address the true issue. There is a reason in your life you are over eating or eating in an unhealthy way. This can range from eating because you are bored, unhappy with your current situation, you think you are eating in a healthy manner but really you are not, the list goes on. So yes you reduce your food intake you lose weight and then the second you stop it all comes back on again.

They don’t help you understand your body. Everyone’s body works differently, some people can process things other people can’t and its not til we understand this that we can truly build a diet (in the true meaning) that works for us long term.

The leave us feeling bad about ourselves and like we can not do it. Going a on restrictive diet is awful for your self esteem and confidence. Every time you fail – not because you fail but because it is unrealistic this tapes plays in your head that you can’t do it, your never going to be able to do it and the more you try dieting the more this gets cemented in your mind.

So lets just stop! Instead doesn’t figuring out what habits you have created in your life to get you to your current unhappy state and trying to change these in a positive way sound better. Doesn’t changing the way you habitually eat sound better than restricting yourself? Doesn’t learning what types of food your body works best with and being able to enjoy these and eat freely with no guilt sound better.

My mission is to help people understand this and help people realise that not only does a healthy diet help with weight but you will notice that you feel better in every sense. So enjoy the blog posts and the recipes and if you think you need that extra boost you can always contact me for a chat. 

Happy healthy habitual eating 🙂

 

Are you goals so big they are holding you back?

Goals are so important, making them achievable is more important.

The fear of starting.

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A lot of times the thought of fear so starting a new chapter of your life can be terrifying and it’s easier to live with the devil you know than face the thought of being a failure.
Weight loss or changing your eating habits is one of those things, especially if you feel like you have tried everything and nothing works.

Starting with small goals is important, yes the end goal that vision of where you want to be is important too but people often forget that you also need to plan the steps to get there.

Easy things you can do to start setting goals and achieve them are

  • Writing you goals out and work backward. Have a 6 month vision and work back from there that way month by month or week by week so you have a more attainable goal.
  • Track and record results whether it’s scales, measurements, photos or a certain outfit that was tight and uncomfortable you need a way of tracking the small changes as if you don’t you won’t notice them.
  • Plan, each week have a plan. A meal plan, a shopping list, an exercise schedule the more we plan the less we slip up. It may seem boring or ridged but the more your simple life tasks are planned the less energy you spend stressing over them.

Don’t let the fear of the big picture cause you not to take the first step, it may only be a small step but the more small things we change and stick to over time the more likely it is they will become new habits over time.
And as always we are here to help if you want to set goals and stick to them but don’t know where to start or it all seems too overwhelming then call us for a chat 🙂

What is real food?

Changing your mindset about what ‘healthy’ food is.

When you talk to a lot of people they probably say yes I eat a healthy diet, I cook all the time and rarely eat takeaways. Which is awesome, but just because your cooking at home or choosing healthy options when eating out are they as healthy as you think.

When I talk about real food, I am talking about food that is as close to it’s natural form as possible. Now this is easy to recognise when eating eating fruits, veggies and meats and to honest this is what most of our diet should be made up of anyway. Where I see people getting lost and misinformed is when it comes to grains and  other things that are markets as ‘health foods’ such as nut bars, yogurts etc.

Something I try to do every time I eat is think how many steps has this piece of food gone through before getting to my plate. Lets take white flour for example – if you think of the wheat in the field for it then to be turned into a refined white powder there are a lot of steps to get there and a lot of nutrients lost in the process & lets not even get into the chemical treatments of the wheat while it is growing. It is so simple to choose a wholegrain option .

There is a great book called Changing Habits, Changing Lives which gets into sticking to unprocessed foods in a lot more https://changinghabits.com.au/product/changing-habits-changing-lives/

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Food should be viewed as fuel.If we are eating because we are hungry then we are eating to fuel our bodies. This doesn’t mean it can’t also be delicious. If you try and see food as fuel for you body and ask yourself every time you eat something what is the nutrient value of this food, what is this going to give me. If you look at it and see that it has been heavily processed, has a lot of additives and sometimes even made up chemicals that add taste then why would you eat it? And sometimes it is those foods marked as health foods in the supermarket that are the worst offender of this. Look at the sugar contents of things like yogurts and nut bars next time you go to buy them.

Our body and digestive systems loves food that is close to its natural form, our bodies and minds need nutrients to survive and it is so important that we respect this and respect ourselves and give our body what it needs.

This doesn’t mean you can never eat your favourite food again, or ever bake with white flour again but in my opinion this should be viewed in the same way as we would view a chocolate bar or other treat, something we eat for the pure pleasure of doing so once in a while. If we change our mindset to what true real, healthy food is then the rest is easy.

Love your body, give it what it needs.

As always we are here to help, contact us for a free 30 min consult if you want more info.