Let's talk food
Welcome to my first blog. I found this really hard to start.
I have many things I want to write about but when you have to pick just one I felt pretty clueless. So I went to you guys and asked what you wanted to read & know? FOOD! That was the number 1 thing that was on all your minds. You have asked and you shall receive!
I am going to try and keep this as short as possible. Key word TRY. If that’s possible. You know what I am like, I get very passionate and ramble on so I will TRY to keep this short and simple for all of you.
Food is a very vague answer but lucky I am a mind reader (you all had to guess I was going to add some sarcasm in here). When you all say FOOD, I know that you all really want to know 'what & how is the best diet for fat loss?’ The answer? There isn’t one. There is no right or wrong, black and white answer when it comes to the best diet. That being said, that doesn’t mean you won’t find the best diet for you but chances are when you do find it, that one won’t work for everyone around you. The best diet is:
- One that works for YOU.
- The one you can STICK to.
Even then, I don’t like to call it a diet. Here’s why. Have you ever been on a diet? I have. Maybe once or twice. Let’s assume you all have too. When you attempt/start a diet what are the first few things that come to your mind, how do you feel and what are some of the things you say?… For myself, I start to instantly feel ‘restricted’ (that’s usually before I have even started) and I will binge eat on crap beforehand. I also think about how unsatisfying it is, feel bored and say things like ‘diet starts Monday'. After week 1 I’m off the band wagon and eating more than ever because I am out of control and eaten a whole packet of Tim Tams. Sound familiar?
MINDSET plays a massive part in the way we perceive ourselves and food, along with your cultural backgrounds, lifestyle, behaviours, work, mental health and training etc. Tapping into and working on these factors is something I love to work on with my clients. If you have a good relationship with food then chances are you will feel great and have a great relationship with your body. This something I will talk more on at a later date. The voice in our head has a lot of power over our body.
The 2nd question I know that is on your mind when it comes to food is; Food Plans. I have a lot of you ask “Can you write up a food plan for me?” The answer always is “NO”. I refuse to. I am going to write some questions below to give you an idea of what questions I ask my current clients who quiz me on food:
- Do you skip any meals? If so, is this on a regular basis?
- How long between your meals?
- What is the quality of your food like? Is every meal fresh produce?
- How much water do you drink?
- Do you eat on the run? Or in front of the computer, TV, phone, laptop? How many times a day?
- How quick do you eat your food? Or how long does it take you to eat?
- How are your stress levels? At home? At work? What would these be on a scale of 1-10?
- Do you have a health condition? Diabetes? Thyroid problems?
- Alcohol consumption? How much? Do you binge drink on the weekend?
- Do you make bad food choices after a big day/night of drinking?
- Coffee/tea consumption?
- How’s your sleep? Do you get 8 hours every night? What’s the quality of your sleep like?
- Cultural background? Family traditions?
Your answers to the above questions will help both you and I map out what’s going on in your life and what things/factors we need to make changes on and/or improve on. For example, If you are someone who eats 80% healthy but skips breakfast every day and doesn’t eat until after midday then how the hell is a food plan going to benefit you?
Your problem isn’t what you eat, it is skipping meals! My next step for this person would be setting them some small goals. E.g. 'For the next two weeks, I want you to have breakfast everyday, not buts!'. It doesn’t have to be small or big but just eat something! Report back in two weeks and let me know how you feel.
The most common response is ,“I feel fantastic! I have so much energy and it has encouraged me to make better food choices during the day as well as be more proactive at work.” Over that two weeks we have made some great changes to our behaviour as well as creating a habit; eating breakfast. Practice makes permanent. After that two weeks, we review again and make some other small changes once the first steps are down pat. I can confidently say I have had a great success doing this with my clients.
Like I stated before, it all depends on YOU, your lifestyle, habits and your behaiours.
Remember, there is no difference between your body and your brain. You are all of your thoughts and all of your feelings.
Until next time,
Owner EJ Fitness