New Year New You?
It’s that time of year, when we all make promises to ourselves that we will be better this year. To lose that bit of weight, to get to the gym more, to eat less rubbish, start that diet...
I want to save yourself some time and a lot of pain, and encourage you away from the latest diet. Shift the focus, and consider where you can give yourself extra nourishment to grow your self. Diets are often a disordered way of eating and sooner or later we all fall off the wagon leading us to feel guilty for letting our selves down. This isn’t healthy. And food shouldn’t make you feel like this! Following a specific set of rules also means our bodies can be deprived of nutrients when certain foods are restricted.
What is forgotten (or overlooked) regarding diets is the fact that we are all different. A concept called bioindividuality. We are all unique, made up with lots of different genes, cultural heritage and have different lifestyles. We each have different needs, some need more energy, or less, some more fat, or less, more protein, less protein, more carbs, less carbs... you get the idea. No one way of eating is suitable for everyone.
For example one of the things I’ve tried before was an attempt at eating a diet low in carbohydrates. To cut a long story short, for a few months it made me feel terrible with no energy and no get up and go for exercising (or even daily life)! However I have heard from people who have had success with this way of eating and they feel as if they are thriving with lots of energy!
Ok, so how does this sound? The best way for you to eat is the way that is best for you!!
It’s all about experimenting and finding what works for you and makes you feel amazing!
For some this may include more fats like avocados, nuts and seeds. Others may be satisfied with a few more potatoes on their plate for more carbs. And others may find eating more protein makes them feel their best. This is all totally normal because you are *unique*!
No matter which combination of foods satisfy you, some of the best advice I can give you is to consider the quality of the foods you are eating. Don’t fuss about counting calories or macros. Pay attention to the quality of the fruit, veg, carbs, fat, protein, meat, fish etc you are buying and consuming. This really makes a difference, to put the best quality nutrients into your body that you can. Always try to buy the best that you can afford. Organic and local produce are usually worth the extra pennies.
If you are looking to make more of a change to your life, wether that be what you eat, the way you eat, your lifestyle or anything else. Don’t deprive yourself by taking anything away. Invest in yourself and in your health by adding to your life.
What do you think you could add to benefit you?
It doesn’t have to be complicated.
Often the simple action of drinking more water (or enough water) can improve how you are feeling!
Other suggestions could be to add more fruit or vegetables to your plate.
Something I expect we will hear a lot more about in the coming year is gut health and the microbiome. These are being called the second brain because what goes on in there affects our body so much! Could you add in some probiotics and probiotics to keep all your microbes happy?
What about self care? Taking a bit of time for yourself everyday - just five minutes can make all the difference! What do you like to do but don’t seem to have time for? Reading a book? Yoga? Meditation? A gratitude journal? Perhaps looking up new recipes? Or just sitting down with a cup of tea and taking time to drink and enjoy it properly.
You’ll be surprised how good it makes you feel when you find time to fit in that thing you enjoy so much but is always at the bottom of your list. Forget the washing up. Put yourself at the top for a while! See what changes!
Finally, heres to you, you wonderful human being! Although you may have things you want to work on, take a moment to celebrate all that you achieved this year. Be proud!!
I wish you a fantastic and exciting 2018... I know it’s going to be a good one!