Change your mind and body, before we delve into the basics of nutrition, it’s important to understand our relationship with food. Eating well can often prove to be a psychological battle. Many of us eat to relieve stress, to feel comfort, and to deal with boredom. Tempting food is so readily available to us that we constantly have to fight our caveman instincts to eat everything in sight! So let’s start by getting your mind in the right place. Your mind is a powerful tool that can keep you on track. Focus on your goals to lose weight, keep reminding yourself why you set out to do this, and envision the results.
Here’s how in 6 steps.
Here’s how in 6 steps.
ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS IS NOT A “DIET”
It’s a lifestyle. Our bodies were not designed for liquid diets or frozen microwave meals based on points, which is why people often gain the weight back when they return to eating “normally.” The changes we recommend are something you should consider implementing for the rest of your life. That might sound a bit scary, but it really isn’t. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy. You get to eat really tasty food, and you’ll look great for it! What’s not to love about that?
REALIZE THAT HEALTHY FOOD DOES NOT MEAN BLAND AND BORING
Adapting your food intake is part and parcel of any new health plan, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessary to remove all taste and enjoyment from every eating occasion. If you don’t enjoy what you eat, the chances of your sticking to it are incredibly slim. Our Paleo recipes will make you realize that wholesome, nutrient-dense food can also be quite tasty!
KNOW THAT YOU CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO DO THIS
There’s a perception that healthy food is time-consuming and expensive! It might be tempting to grab convenience foods on your way home because it’s cheaper and quicker than investing in some high-quality meat, eggs, fish, or fresh vegetables. Yet understand that ultimately you will pay for it later—poor health can get pretty expensive!
LOVE THAT YOU CAN STILL HAVE A SOCIAL LIFE
People often perceive dieting and healthy living to mean the end of their social lives. This might be the case if you were following the maple syrup detox, as we doubt it is offered on any menu. Fortunately, you will find steak and spinach at most restaurants. It’s incredibly easy to take our basic principles along on any night out. We also provide some guidance regarding the biggest challenge most people face during social occasions: alcohol! The key is moderation.
ACCEPT THAT YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT PIZZA OR CAKE (BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO!)
Everyone has an attachment to some favourite comfort foods, and going without can feel downright miserable. However, giving up these foods isn’t always necessary; sometimes it’s simply a matter of learning how to make healthier versions.
BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL SEE RESULTS!
Have patience; this isn’t going to happen overnight. We work with many clients who have spent many years following a poor diet that has destroyed their health and metabolism, yet demand to see a six-pack within weeks. Have faith in your body, put good stuff into it, and you will get good stuff out … yet understand that it may take time for your body to forgive you for all the years of abuse. The more you relax into your healthy routine and stop stressing about an inch here or there, the quicker things will happen.