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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 mechanism...yep...food (and usually super unhealthy food - I have never heard of anyone turning to broccoli to cope).

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