Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

Every body needs nutrition

The word 'diet' comes from the Greek word for 'way of life' but today we hear it and immediately think of restriction, reduction or even cutting out vital foods, such as saturated fats. There is no need to restrict, reduce or cut out calories or fats from your diet if you are eating a good balance of natural wholesome foods.

 

Eating well helps to fine tune homeostasis - the bodies naturally balanced state. You wouldn’t put the wrong fuel in your car, so why put the wrong food into your body?

The bottom line is that it's all about nutrition: growth, repair, nourishment, satiety alongside losing weight, toning, increasing energy levels and stamina or power. It all comes down to eating right for the training you do and the lifestyle you live.

 

Healthy eating can be achieved by making small changes to the foods you already eat. I can help you make those changes, whatever your unique situation is. 

 

If I could give you a good piece of advice right now it would be not to buy any foods or drinks that are pre-packaged. If the food you are buying is fresh, organic (where possible) and unprocessed then there is no need to scrutinise the ingredients list anymore, as you know it is good for you. To quote Jamie Oliver, "Real food doesn't 'have' ingredients. Real food IS ingredients.”

 

Eating is not just about satisfying hunger, it's about correctly fuelling our body to consistently support and carry us through our lives. Your body is an engine that never stops working and we often overlook that, assuming it will keep on going no matter what we put in it. If you don't get a good balance in each meal between carbohydrates, proteins and leafy greens then your body will continue to crave what it's missing. The brain receives a message from the body to let you know this and it's usually misinterpreted as hunger. That's where we generally go for carbs as a quick fix. Unfortunately the satisfaction from carbs is short lived, therefore you may be getting the same message from the brain again soon after and this can lead to a pattern of over eating.

 

Emotional triggers can also cause us to comfort eat and are very common alongside habitual and boredom eating, yet not many people face the root causes until it is too late. A great quote is “Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most under utilised antidepressant.” Once you  face it you can own it and once you own it you can leave it behind. The emotional side of nutrition may be slightly out of my remit but I work closely with a few fantastic experts in this field so help is not far away.

Contact me for a nutrition plan!

 

© 2016 by PAUL COWLAND