It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post but I’ve been doing lots of reading recently. I have a lot of conversations with people surrounding best practice and marginal gains given me performance related sport background and there’s most definitely tricks and tips that everyday people won’t know through lack of information.
I can’t even begin to emphasise the importance of doing your own research and reading around a subject, before undertaking advice from internet sources. But I also understand that it’s also difficult to find this information and from reliable sources, certainly from personal experiences.
There are so many different mediums full of information and unfortunately lots of the advice given to people comes with the caveat of buying their product. I have recently changed careers in terms of my job outside of clean and easypz however one thing that has continued over is conversations surrounding nutrition and nutrition advice. I don’t claim to be a nutritionist, but I know nutritionists and I’ve done my own thorough research into certain areas due to my personal nutritional needs.
Everybody can write a blog or post on their instagram stating how good a product is but I always take these with a pinch of salt. There is no quick fix, but there are changes YOU can make to improve your chances of attaining your goals.
Ever heard the phrase “little and often”? Well there’s another that I believe is very apt for the nutrition and diet industry. This is not a phrase though, this is just one word “moderation”. It’s quite simple really, if you’re going to eat 25 chocolate brownies a week, it’s more than likely that you’ll start to put a bit of weight on. However, if you have one a week, it’s highly UNlikely that this will have such a drastic affect. Moderation.
As a coach, the approach that I found helped when working with athletes to create positive performance behaviours, was little and often. This creates habits. The athletes that I was fortunate enough to work with for the last 6 years will tell you that I would constantly explain to them that they “must concentrate on it at first, do it consistently and then it will become habit and you no longer have to think about it”.
Whether it’s teaching yourself how to skip with a rope (something I’m trying to do at the moment), meal prepping on a Sunday morning (something my girlfriend now does every week) or doing 20 press ups and 20 sit ups every morning before you jump in the shower (something my brother does every day).
Many people beat themselves up for having bad diets, but realistically it’s how our society has evolved. It’s very easy to create excuses for doing something that we know we should have done, but have not (If you are not aware of “Cognitive Dissonance”, I suggest you purchase the book written by Matthew Syed called Black Box Thinking.) Instead, look at the process in a different way. Yes you may have eaten food that is “unhealthy” but that was once. It doesn’t mean your next meal has to be “unhealthy”. In the world of Wheelchair Rugby, we called it “next play”. To leave the previous play (mistake) behind and focus solely on having a positive outcome from the next play, whether that is to score from your possession or create a turnover from the oppositions possession.
Each individual has the capacity to make a choice as to what you “fuel” your body with. If you think of food as fuel for a second. You wouldn’t put something into your car that would cause inefficiency? Yet we do it everyday with our bodies.
I myself have a very sweet tooth. And it’s fair to say, I indulged over Christmas and into January to the effect that I started craving sugary foods for the first time in about 4 and a half years (since I did the candida diet). I didn’t like the feeling of craving these types of food and had to make the effort to wean myself off of them and I simply did this by having a piece of fruit every time I did get a craving.
At the end of the day, we make the choice to put the food onto our spoon/ fork and into our mouths. It’s easy to fall into bad habits, but if you make a conscious effort to increase the chances of having a good nutritious meal this will create some health habits and help you to attain your goals whether it’s to eat 10 different types of fruit and veg per day, lose that weight you’ve been trying to shift or just reduce down the intake of processed foods.
But to conclude, there is no quick fix that is then sustainable. Read that sentence again, it barely makes any sense and it shouldn’t, because the two shouldn’t go together! If you see something that looks too good to be true, it probably is. So research it, ask questions. Find facts. Then find out how it relates to your goals. There are some great tips and tricks out there that can increase your chances of attaining your goals, but there are also some horrific bits of advice. Follow the facts people!
Thanks for reading,