Imagine how it would feel to eat your favourite food and never to feel guilty about it again!
There seems to be polarities when it comes to our eating that to be healthy you need to be good, eat what is 'right’ and stay disciplined. There is a perception that we need to earn our celebrations instead of taking them in our stride as part of our lifestyle.
Over the recent decade I have watched the health and wellness industry ride the waves of different diet trends. It amazes me how many people give them a go in the hope that this one will be IT and will last.
Just like fashion, diets change with the seasons.
What works now will be different in twelve months, two years, and beyond, because there will be a new eating trend to follow.
Erratic changes in your diet will, of course, bring results. However, they unfortunately come unraveled when life throws you an emotional curve ball.
This is the challenge with diets.
Yes they work—but do they integrate with your lifestyle and everyone else you are feeding?
If the answer is yes, then carry on and stop reading this article right now. However, if you are looking for a solution that means you NEVER have to do a diet again then read on.
Food is one element in life that provides nourishment and a feeling of security. It is human nature to use food as a comfort when life feels out of control. It is the one thing we can control when everything else around us crumbles around us. I know firsthand how our human emotions can affect the way we eat from my recent few years life experiences.
For the last three years, I have been raising my son on my own and building my business. I can still help people, with the short number of available hours I have, so that I can put food on the table.
It sure has been tough at times—even with my wealth of knowledge of the body, mind, and nutrition, I still resorted to the path of least resistance. I’m human! I soon became aware there needed to be a way of eating that was simple, easy and sustainable for our lifestyle.
It became apparent that unless we are aware of our emotional well-being and understand how to nourish ourselves, it doesn’t really matter what food we eat. You could be eating the most nutritious meal made by a Michelin star chef but if you're going through emotional challenges at work, at home, or in your personal life, then your body is not going to feel safe to digest that food the way you ‘think’ it will be.
Our brain is made up of billions of neural connections—a bit like the operating system on your smart phone. It will dictate to the rest of the body how to operate through your senses. Through what you see, what you hear, and how you perceive it all. Throughout your whole life journey this is what makes up our belief system.
So if you are rushing from one thing to the next on your ‘to-do’ list, your body receives a message to digest the bear minimum and request foods that are simplistic in nature to digest for energy.
Just like that time you forgot to put your smart phone on charge over night, the battery life of your smart phone starts to wear down and you need to charge it more often. Same thing happens with your eating—you need to keep mixing up the way you eat in order to keep up your own battery life.
When you are consistent with the care of your body, it responds accordingly. The challenge with so many well-being plans is that they are complicated and not customised.
It needs to be simple for you to implement and to keep implementing it. It is much easier to sustain when it is part of your lifestyle and adapted to what you LOVE! You are pulled towards it rather than having to push yourself to do it.
Not just with what you eat but what you love to do and how you like to live. You might enjoy going out for brunch in the weekend or having a glass of wine on a Friday night with your friends or family. Perhaps you entertain your friends in the weekend and don’t want to have miss out on the foods you love?
If you have come to a dead end as to how to balance your health and well-being so that it is sustainable for your lifestyle you are reading this article right now for a reason.
I have put together a short check list that you can go through for yourself each day if you are eating for your lifestyle and foods that you LOVE:
1. Do you nourish you body with foods that are more than 50% in water content?
Water is a powerful healer. It helps you flush toxins out of the body, it helps lubricate your joints for movement, it moves oxygen around your body, it balances out acids in the body, and it also hydrates your brain, digestive tract, and blood cells. There is no surprise that eating foods that are high in water content are helpful for balancing your lifestyle.
2. Do you balance your lifestyle foods?
So often if we eat the food or drink the beverages that are redundant to our well-being, we feel guilty or that we have ‘fallen off the wagon’. This comes back to the beliefs you have been taught about eating or health.
There truly is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way of being healthy. It is all about getting the balance right so it works for you. Some of the best health and well-being results happened for my clients in 2011 during the Rugby World Cup held in New Zealand.
Many of my clients were social, going out for dinners, and eating less from home during this time. They still lost weight, improved their cholesterol, and some even decreased their blood pressure too. Like anything, lifestyle, food, and drink do come with their risks, however when you know how to balance it all, it is much easier to lessen the risk of falling of the wagon.
3. Do you complement the way you eat with being mindful?
Gone are the days that being mindful and aware is for the hippy stereotype.
Studies have shown the direct impact on human performance when people are aware of their mindset and condition it daily. It is no surprise that scientifically the mind is the powerhouse behind our health and well-being because it directly links to our central nervous system.
It dictates whether the body is in perceived ‘survival mode’ and decides whether you are safe to burn your fuel as fuel or store it as body fat—regardless of its composition.
If the body goes into fight or flight it will look for foods that are easy to digest like sugar, flour and foods that give a quick energy hit. So, getting in control of your mind is crucially important to ensure the body will perform as you want it to.
4. Do you adjust the next time you eat to balance the food you love to eat?
Enjoying the food, you love is so good for your satisfaction yet a lot of food that tastes good leaves us questioning whether we should have eaten it hours later.
The trick is knowing how to balance your meals. For example, if you tip the balance with the type of carbohydrates then you can adjust the portion the next time you eat to get back into balance.
There are so many other tricks I have for balancing your day in the moment so that you can eat the foods you love unconditionally.
If you are ready to ditch the monotony of jumping on another diet or healthy eating programme to get a result that will not last, then reach out and message me to book your initial consultation.
Alternatively, you can jump in the Guilt Free Food School for 30 days and get started straight away eating meals that are formulated guilt free.