Losing weight can be hard if you don’t know what to eat for good health and fat burning, and if you don’t understand what is driving your habits and behaviour – but embracing better eating habits is what I’m here to show you.
You don’t have to stop eating delicious foods, or deprive yourself BUT repeat actions become habits, and our habitual behaviours can override our best intentions! Practice these minor adjustments daily and they will pay off dividends, day by day you’ll feel healthier, slimmer and in control.
Create Your Reality
Think of what you want to achieve in terms of your weight loss and health, be very clear about exactly what it is you want to be able to do when you lose weight and feel healthier. VISUALISE everything about it, how you will look, feel, move, and behave.
Furnish your mind daily with a detailed image of everything you can see and hear around you when you have reached your goal and you are in the place you want to be.
Think about how good it will feel to be able to do this with ease and confidence. Now move into the reality and ‘BE’ the person that you visualise, not who you are right now, but who you see yourself being.
Make choices and create habits as THAT person, practice this daily…
Practice Daily Being Healthy and Slim
You are only as good or successful – as your practices. What are you practising? Are you practising being healthy, or unhealthy? If you are practising being unhealthy – guess what you will be very good at! Guess where the culmination of those practices will get you…absolutely not to where you want to be!
You don’t have to be “perfect” or “angelic” with your choices to have a healthy body, slim healthy people eat cake sometime and we all go off the path and fall off the wagon sometime…..the difference that will change everything is that when you get derailed you don’t beat yourself up and go on the ‘downward spiral’, you acknowledge the reality of what you’re doing repeating and then you make a NEW choice. Remember who you want to be, how you want to look and feel and make a healthy choice from there! What you do MOST of the time will determine how healthy you are – or not.
Never Use Any Food as A Reward or A Treat
Eat for one reason only: because your body needs fuel. You are not your body, but your body is where you live, and it relies on you and trusts you to look after it, so that it can in turn look after you, so give it the best quality fuel possible. If you enjoy consuming the fuel, then so much the better! Don’t force yourself to eat things that you really dislike. Fill your pantry with foods that you love and that love you back, your body will thank you for it, and it will show in your body and your radiance. Don’t count calories or weigh anything, and don’t deprive yourself.
Eating is a great social activity and should be enjoyed and eating out doesn’t have to mean getting fat – apply my colour code system guidelines wherever you are and love what you eat and the way it makes you look and feel.
Breakfast has long been given the accolade of “the most important meal of the day” yet new research on fasting shows that skipping breakfast has huge health benefits. Not having breakfast as soon as you wake up is actually a good habit to get into. If you are one of those who get up, eat breakfast within 30 minutes before starting your day because you think you should, even if you are not being told by your body to eat, then stop that now. For the first few days you may experience “fake hunger” because time of day was a fake stimulus rather than an authentic hunger signal. Delay breakfast or your first daily meal for as long as you can.
Drink constantly throughout the day. Your body uses the fasting period to do some vital internal housekeeping. The simple process allows your body to carry out vital repairs that it can’t do if it has to constantly use energy to digest food. Give your body a break from food, no breakfast and no snacking for as long as you feel able to, get used to the hunger and experience the benefits of weight loss and improved health.
Eat the Rainbow
I’m not talking about skittles here!!! Eating the rainbow is an important and fun step to take when you want to get healthy. An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Adding antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables to your diet each day will strengthen your ability to fight infection and disease, it will add more taste and interest to your diet AND it will help keep your gut healthy (see below!). Aim for at least 9-12 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, one or two portions of each colour per day is a good goal to strive for, in the ratio of three vegetables to one fruit. It’s not just fruit and vegetables that offer a rainbow of antioxidants and health-giving benefits, try adding green tea, olives, cacao, coconut, kidney beans, turmeric, ginger, coriander, basil, parsley and cinnamon to your menu!
Take Care of Your GUT
Gut Health is the most exciting area of research over recent years, not just with regard to the importance of the right bacteria for weight loss, but we now know that bacteria are lifesaving and life giving. A diet of highly processed foods has been linked to a less diverse gut community and an overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria will make you crave the wrong foods, triggering inflammation. Keep your gut flora fit by cutting back on refined carbohydrates and too much animal protein. Eat an assortment of foods to encourage a more varied metropolis in your belly.
You can take control by feeding your microbiome the right foods, some great dietary sources are: organic free range eggs, liver, fish, nut and seed oils, yoghurt and kefir, fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, sprouted grains, kombucha, coconut oil and high fibre foods such as artichokes, green peas, lentils, black and lima beans, almonds, raspberries, and apples.
Be AWARE of Your Thoughts and Actions
Every thought matters. You didn’t get fat eating one pizza, one chocolate bar, one ice cream or one extra slab of cheese. You didn’t get fat not going to the gym for one day or not moving any more than you had to for 24 hours. Your fatness is the result of the compound effect of all your thoughts and behaviours. Know your addictions, understand your triggers, be AWARE of your ingrained habits and each time you are going to eat something you know is bad for you or continue eating and eating and eating because you’ve blown it anyway so you might as well go all out …just STOP, slow down your thinking, take a deep breath and be AWARE. Your internal voice will try and take you down a hole, but YOU CAN ALWAYS say no to it and follow a different path – you have the power.
TAP The Triangle Sequence Every Day
This sequence is called the ‘triangle’ because you start with one hand, work up to the face, and then work down to the other hand, making a triangle shape. You can use the ‘triangle’ to collapse negativity, to prevent negativity before it occurs, to calm yourself if you are feeling anxious, and to generally get your energy in a good place – so get into the habit of doing the sequence every morning and every evening before you go to sleep AND use it in any moment to stop yourself sabotaging your desires, it’s a great thing to use to break a cycle and get you back into awareness and back on track