"I just don't understand it, I'm doing all the right things. I eat a healthy diet - what's wrong with me?"
When I meet people in clinic for nutrition coaching or nutritional therapy they can seem a bit deflated.
Perhaps they are struggling with their weight, or some other health issue. Often they've done their research, followed the latest diet but still see no change, or getting worse.
They insist that they are eating the right things and follow a healthy diet. Indeed on the surface of it, they may very well be eating what's considered a healthy diet. But in reality, how healthy is healthy?
One of the reasons I ask clients to keep a food journal is so that we can actually see what's going on, because those healthy foods and snacks, may not be so healthy. Let me give you an example. Take a look at this snack from Deliciously Ella.
Looks healthy right? No doubt, you've probably grabbed one of these too in your local health food shop, as a healthy alternative to your chocolate bar or packet of crisps and mentally gave yourself a hi-five for doing the right thing and not succumbing to your base urges right?
But lets flip over the packet and take a look at the ingredients..
Pretty healthy, nutrient dense looking ingredients right? Now while this may be true to a certain extent, delve a little deeper.
Now take a look at the total carbohydrate per 100g in this snack. Then look at the sugar content per 100g.
Here's an interesting fact for you, did you know that foods with more than 22.5g per 100g are considered high in sugar?
While foods with 5g per 100g are considered low in sugar? Now I'm not making this up, you can even check it out on the NHS website.
Have another look at the nutritional label on this Deliciously Ella energy ball. Can you see what I'm getting at? Ok, for arguments sake lets go by the total sugars per energy ball (12.7g).
Doesn't sound like much right? Well if you managed to eat 3 of these over the course of the day (pretty easy to do) you would have eaten close to 45% of your daily recommended value for sugar.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those "Sugar is from Satan" nutrition coaches, and some will argue that natural sugars are better for you. Indeed. Everything has it's place.
But tally that with the rest of the food you've eaten during the day and you can see how easy it would be to exceed your sugar intake, even when thinking your are eating a healthy diet. The same is true for fats and "hidden" calories.
So if you think you are eating a healthy diet and still not getting the results that you want, perhaps your nutrition isn't as "healthy" as first seems. But don't dispair you may just need to fine tune a few things - this is where the guidance of a nutrition coach can really upgrade your wellbeing and even performance.
It's something I enjoy doing for my clients, and something that I can do for you. Get in touch.