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But I don’t have time

“Time is an illusion.” ― Albert Einstein When I do workshops on nutrition one question I often ask is - what stands between you and eating a healthier diet? One thing that ALWAYS comes up is “I just don’t have the time - to buy healthy food - to prepare healthy meals - to cook”. Similarly with exercise/movement - many people tell me that there is just no time in their lives for exercise. Even when it comes to getting enough sleep - so many people tell me that they just don’t have time to sleep for 8 hours a night. Now I am the first to acknowledge that so many of us have super busy lives these days - it can feel overwhelming to do everything you have to at work, manage to do the housework

Why can’t we resist food that’s “bad" for us?

You know that moment - when you are slightly tired, stressed or bored and you think - oh I might as well eat that cake/biscuit/brownie - it will pick me up. You still go for it - despite your decision to eat more healthily, despite your decision to cut down on sugar, despite knowing it is not optimal for your health - but why?? There’s no immediate negative consequence of you eating that food. Basically nothing bad happens in the short term by you eating that one biscuit/piece of cake/brownie - so you can justify it thinking “I’ll eat better tomorrow” or “I’ll stop having this stuff from Monday”. Of course this isn’t an issue - it only becomes an issue if you are using that justification

Why is there such a complicated relationship between mood and food?

“A recent study found that a Mediterranean-style diet (a diet high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil) supplemented with fish oil led to a reduction in depression among participants, which was sustained six months after the intervention.” – The Mental Health Foundation, 2018 Mood and food have a complicated relationship...and it can at times get pretty dysfunctional too. Studies and research now show that eating certain (healthy) foods can have a beneficial impact on our mood and the state of our mental health. (With the unhealthy foods eg. super-sugary/ultra-processed foods - having a negative impact on our mental hea

The “I feel fat” trap

How often have you been 2/3 days into a diet and caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror - only to feel fat - deciding in that moment “what’s the point of this diet - I’m fat anyway - I might as well give up”. Or how often have you tried to put on some old clothes, found they don’t fit - felt awful...and then eaten some cake, biscuits and pizza just to make yourself feel better? So many people fall into the “I feel fat” trap. This is a vicious cycle where you feel bad about your body and your weight and then to make yourself feel better you turn to your favourite coping (and usually super unhealthy food - I have never heard of anyone turning to broccoli to cope).


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