It's the small changes implemented daily that end up making the biggest impact on our overall health. Healthy eating doesn’t need to be complicated, what complicates it, is overthinking, the media and self sabotage. I see so many clients leaping into the latest quick fixes and they end up heavier and unhappier than when they started. It’s a vicious cycle and unless we bring it back to basics and become comfortable with the process, long-term change will cease to exist.
In a perfect world our food supply would be full of nutrient dense whole foods, eliminating the need for us to decipher between the healthiest options. Surprisingly, it was like this hundreds of years ago. We only ate what was available and necessary, and that was fresh, nutritious produce. There was no supermarket isle full of pre-packaged frozen dinners, pre-packaged sugar-filled snacks; strategically placed at eye level enticing us with it's appealing marketing. So don’t feel disheartened if you are feeling overwhelmed and confused by the medias contradicting beliefs.
“Is low-fat high-carb better for me, or is low-carb high-fat better?”
Unfortunately in our world today we are simply surrounded with too many options for the consumer. Most foods have being altered and highly processed to make it taste better and this is not to benefit our health. This is for numerous reasons. Cheaper manufacturing processes, to excel shelf life, mass production and ultimately to entice consumer tastebuds. Resulting in more money for the companies involved.
It's scary to think in the early 1900's our main concern in the health industry was to find cures for infectious diseases. Whereas nowadays the leading cause of mortality worldwide is chronic diseases e.g. Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease and Heart disease. The similarity between these diseases is that they are all lifestyle diseases. Meaning that our lifestyle choices, our environment, and our diet are associated with the severity and onset of these diseases. So where did the human race get it wrong?
Did you know that your microbiome has a hereditary component. This is the bacterium that makes up the lining of our gastrointestinal walls. Which means, what your mother and what your mother's mother ate, and the lifestyle choices they made, have impacted your digestive function. Therefore, your dietary choices will affect the structure of your children’s. You have the ability to create an even better start for your children’s health and our future generations by the foods and food choices you make TODAY.
If this isn’t motivation enough, I don’t know what is.
Health isn’t only referring to diet and exercise. It is also making sure our mind and soul is nourished and free from internal stressors impacting our body’s ability to function optimally. Remember all we can do is our best, and aim to focus on our own health and our own wellbeing. We can do this by taking our health back to basics. Shave all the excess “crap” that has slowly attached to our belief systems over the years and start making sure we are following a few simple principles.
This may sound simple, but from my personal health journey I have found healthy eating comes down to two things:
Consistency and Mindset.
Humans are creatures of habit and habits are created in the subconscious mind. Keep reminding yourself it takes 28 days to form a new habit; that's 28 consecutive days of practice.
So let's go, day one has just begun!