When I talk with women about health or how they could feel better, there seems to be a lot of confusion about what they should do, and often I get asked
“ I don’t have to give up ……… do I?”
Have you ever felt like that?
You’d like to get healthier but don’t want it to change your favourite foods, or have it hurt.
That is the trouble with the idea of a ‘diet’. We think it’s going to hurt. Maybe it feels like it won’t work if it doesn’t hurt.
I have a problem with that.
In the first place, I don’t do hurting. I can’t lead my life from a place of hurting. I have done that before and I don’t want to do that again.
The next thing is that trying and pushing can only last so long until the bubble bursts and that, my friends, is a rebound. And you know what happens in a rebound, you get back what you got rid of and a little bit more.
The thing that works best is incremental change. Changing without the hurt. Changing so that you hardly notice, changing as an evolution.
That works best but it doesn’t sound fast or sexy, and when we want something we want it fast!
But fast change involves some hurt, some depravation, some huff and puff, some struggle, yet when we are desperate we think its worth the pain,
You see this phenomena at certain times of the year if you go to a gym or in the media, New Year, Spring, after the summer holidays, all times when folk want to get rid of the evidence of overindulgence.
So, what would you say to adding in rather than taking away?
What if that were the rule for today?
Shall I explain more?
Do this and I promise you will feel better, from today.
- Add more water.
I know lots of people who carry water bottles around with them and thing they are drinking more water. That is not how osmosis works!
The general rule of thumb is 4 pints, or 2 litres per day of WATER. Not tea, coffee, herb tea, green tea etc .. Water.
The bigger and taller you are, or the more active (sweating) the more you need.
A handy calculation is to take your body weight in pounds – say 140lbs – halve it = 70 and have that in ounces or multiples of 25mls to get the amount of water you need to drink in a day.
To say it again – 140 halved = 70 and that means 70 fl oz of water per day
- Add more fruit and vegetables.
Five is not enough. 8 to 10 is the number that makes the difference to your body and your mood – yes the phytonutrients supply mood enhancing elements too.
The mistake that some folk make is to be too fruit heavy, which although it is good for you in as much as it’s not cake, it can raise your blood sugar levels too high, especially if you are sensitive to that.
So say you eat 10 fruit and vegetables a day – 6 of those should be vegetables and a maximum of 4 fruit.
A rainbow of coloured fruit and vegetable.
- Add more Greens.
Green should be your favourite colour. (But not the only colour, you still need to eat the rainbow!)
The easiest way to do this is first thing in the morning, or at lunch, with a green smoothie.
Yes, I know, you may be gagging with the amount of people that talk about their smoothie maker … but lots of them get it wrong, imho
Two things to remember, not too much fruit – for the reasons above – and no DAIRY!
Please cut out the dairy in a smoothie. I’ll get back to that in another post but for now, just cut it out.
If you like to, use plant milks, like hemp or almond etc. But most of all cram in the greens.
If you are new to smoothies, the colour green can be off putting, especially if you add fruits in that make it a muddy green. Try drinking it from a container that you can’t see through to get you past that one.
If you are new to it, they can also seem a little to ‘grassy’. The best way to get over this is to choose softer greens, like lettuce, cucumber, spinach and save the heavy duty greens like broccoli to use with a lighter touch.
So, there you go …
Three changes that will give you real and lasting results and help you lose weight, but maybe not in a flash.
And remember, you are not being asked to give anything up!
Do these three things and see what happens.
What do you think? Will you give it a go … you might as well!
Let me know how you get on, or any questions you have.
If you feel you can’t , what is stopping you?
I would love to know and maybe help you out so that you can make some healthy changes and feel so much better for it.
Fire me a question or two. You can comment below, or on Facebook or send me an email.