Unfortunately I’m one of those all or nothing people, constantly expecting alot of myself and feeling disappointed when things don’t immediately come together. Although to be honest, I’m getting much better at that and have definitely learned to to slow down (a bit) and to take one thing at a time. I’m kind of a work in progress!
One area I have nailed though, is my diet and nutritional intake. Now don’t get me wrong I’m no saint and I certainly don’t eat perfectly 100% of the time, but I do follow a healthy diet most of the time which means I can enjoy fish and chips and ice cream (can you tell I live at the seaside?!), when I have the inclination to do so.
Switching from a diet where I’d eat a bowl of breakfast cereal in the morning, pile my plate of spag bol high with pasta and I’d enjoy a ham salad sandwich on brown bread because brown bread is ‘healthy’, to one where I’ve pretty much eliminated starchy processed carbs along with any processed foods, took a bit of getting used to but was actually alot easier than I thought it would be. The reason my diet change was easy was because I took one step at a time and before I knew it I felt really good and no longer had any desire to resort to old habits. That was 3 years ago and I’ve never looked back.
This has got me thinking about how making longterm dietary changes doesn’t have to be difficult if you just take small steps. So, if your diet needs a healthy and nutritious overhaul, a few tips would be:
• Challenge any food associations you have eg if you can’t have your 11am cuppa without a chocolate biscuit, then consider cutting out the cuppa and having water instead (this worked a treat for my coffee and chocolate addicted friend!)
• If you don’t usually eat breakfast (can’t eat first thing?), introduce a healthy breakfast a couple of times a week. This is better than never eating breakfast at all!
• You can’t eat what you don’t buy!
• If you always have 2 slices of bread at lunch time try to cut it down to one and add a handful of nuts, or some fruit to ensure you’re not hungry.
• If you’re not a water drinker (I’m always amazed how many people don’t drink water), start to have a small glass of water with each meal.
• Plan! This is so important if you want to make changes. If you take a bit of time to plan your meals, then develop your shopping list you are far more likely to stick to the changes.
• Involve the whole family. Healthy food is for everyone!
• If you can’t help those late night snacks in front of the tv, go to bed a little bit earlier (this has lots of health benefits too, but that’s for another post!).
• Find what works for you and enjoy your food!
If you make these small changes, over a long period of time you will reap the health benefits and before you know it you’ll have completely overhauled the choices you make about the food you eat.
At Hadrian Residential Bootcamp you’ll be given lots of information and encouragement to make long lasting changes to your diet. You’ll have the opportunity to experience how it feels to eat ‘clean’ for the duration of your stay. The reality is, that when you return home you probably wont follow the advice given to the letter and you’ll find what works best for you and your family. That’s exactly how it should be. Small steps!
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