OK, so when most mums set out to be healthy they end up going on the latest diet that seems to shift weight the fastest. I remember joining my mum as a teenager on the cabbage soup diet and the house stinking of cabbage for weeks!
The problem is the word ‘diet’ is now associated with lack. You’ve got to give up chocolate or cut calories in order to be the size you want to be, or as healthy as you want to be. Well, that isn’t quite the case.
The word ‘diet’ in a nutritional sense should take into account your overall eating plan and lifestyle. It’s not about lack, but what you are gaining from foods that counts.
For instance, most of you may love a biscuit or two with a cuppa whenever you’re feeling tired or stressed. Biscuit number two can soon turn into biscuit number five and you start to mentally beat yourself up for having low will power.
It’s not your fault.
Food manufacturers put all sorts of what I call ‘hidden nasties’ in our food that are there to encourage us to eat more. They tell our brains to overeat and can be addictive, meaning that we crave the food we don’t really want to eat too much of. Most cakes, sweets, biscuits, processed foods and chocolate have these hidden nasties in them because they make the food taste nice, they’re cheap ingredients and they are addictive. Some are even in the foods that you think are ‘healthy’ and yes, they’re in the well known diet foods too.
When I studied nutrition I was horrified to learn this, but somehow the struggle I had to lose weight before my wedding all made sense.
So, if you’ve had one too many biscuits this week, or have stuffed too much chocolate down your face remember that it’s not entirely your fault. You are fighting a battle for your health and now you’re armed with the first bit of knowledge you need to make a change.
With this in mind, I want you to take action NOW to change things.
- What can you do today to start making these changes?
- Keep a food diary to see what foods you crave in times of need?
- Check the labels of your food to see what’s really in them?
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