Week 2: Let’s Talk Nutrition
As part of our 8 Week Programme, I will be giving you hints and tips on how to improve your eating plan for life.
Sadly, the Tuffit does not offer a quick fix solution and you can’t ‘out train’ a poor diet. If you read the blog regularly, you will know how I feel about ‘quick fix’ diets that are too good to be true.
Changing your eating habits
Everyone has different eating habits which is why there is no one size fits all plan. Your food plan requires some input from you.
Where to start:
- Make a list of all the food and drinks you consume over a week.
- Circle the ones you know are unhealthy choices. If you’re not sure, drop me an email – I’ll be happy to help set you on the right track.
The food industry is a minefield and it can be difficult to know what is healthy and what is bad for you. Just because it says healthy or low fat on the pack doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you! You would be amazed at some of the confusion I come across with my clients in the gym.
The healthiest way to eat is to choose foods in their natural state. Stay clear of processed foods and cook from scratch. Processed foods often contain lots of hidden sugars, which can be addictive and don’t satisfy your appetite, resulting in you consuming even more food and so the cycle continues.
It may be hard for you to take out all the unhealthy choices in your diet in one go, and that’s fine. Making small manageable changes one step at a time is the key to success.
Set yourself realistic goals
Start by replacing one or two of the unhealthy choices with healthier ones.
We all like treats – family meals out, glass of wine or two, indulging on holiday etc. These events are an important part of life and let’s be honest – life would be pretty boring without a treat now and again! Enjoy the delights life has to offer in moderation. Remember if you earn those treats, you’ll enjoy them even more and be happier and healthier in your own body.
A few small changes for this week:
- Only consume drinks with 0 calories e.g. water, herbal teas, green tea.
- Do not drink fizzy drinks containing artificial sweeteners
- Always eat breakfast
- Cook food from scratch
- Plan your foods in advance
Meals should include:
Snacks shouldn’t be needed unless you have an extremely active lifestyle. If you do need to snack, consider carefully what you could have and choose something small and healthy. It’s important not to just reach for the nearest thing.