If you have ever counted calories trying to lose weight find out why this approach rarely works long term...
I don't count calories.
Yet I have a healthy relationship to food and walk around at about 10% bodyfat with not much effort. Now that may not be your goal, and that's ok too. But let me tell you something...
The only time I did count calories was as part of a research project for Westminister University on protein patterning. I found it tedious, boring, interrupted with my day to day life, I often forgot to do it as I ate (then had to try and remember everything I ate that day and record it) and it didn't actually change my eating habits all that much. That's not the real problem with calorie counting though...
Here's the truth,
If your diet plan has you counting calories and you are not getting the results that you want, then you need to check out this infographic pak that you can download for free.
It's pretty powerful the information, and when you put it into practice you may find yourself surprised by the results.
Back in 2013 much like today I was strong, fit and getting in shape for a competition. But little did I know (until it was too late) while I was fit, I was far from healthy.
In fact I was sick. Really sick.
I'm talking 14 days in hospital, on a drip, strapped with oxygen, and all sorts of investigations going on. It was bleak people.
Truth is, being fit and leading a healthy lifestyle doesn't bullet proof you from sickness - but it sure does stack the odds in your favour, that you are less likely to get ill, and if you do your chances of kicking it's arse are pretty good.
And personally, I like those odds.
I'm sure that many of you reading this have faced your own heath challenges, and probably even looked death in the face too.
Maybe you are wrestling with an illness now and want something to hold on to. If you answered "yes" to either, then this post is for you.
Here are 7 lessons Major Illness Taught me....
7 Lessons Major Illness Taught Me
1) Spend more time with those who matter and less time with those who don't.
2) Spend more time doing what you love and less time doing what you don't.
3) Your health is the most important thing you possess. Cherish it.
4) Whatever you want to do or aspire to be, become that.
5) Let everyone that you love and is important to you feel that everyday.
6) However invincible you imagine yourself to be, you are not.
7) We are far more stronger and capable than we realise.
It's amazing how many people allow food to define who they are.
What do I mean by this?
If they eat a certain food or go on a diet they consider themselves to be a "Good person" and if they eat a different type of food, or fail to follow that diet they are a "Bad person", as if eating a food inehrently deifnes your moral worth.
This kind of thinking distorts your relationship to food and can lead to unhealthy behaviours that could harm you in the long run.
Listen, food doesn't need to define you - its your choice.
Do yourself a favour and make peace with food, you'll be glad that you did.
Now if this is something that you struggle with, and you need the help of a nutrition coach to do this, get in touch with me.