Is Your Diet Healthy Enough?
Everyone wants to eat a healthier diet, but it can sometimes be difficult to know if your diet is healthy enough. There are a number of factors that go into creating a healthy diet, and it is important to evaluate the current state of your diet before embarking on a plan for healthier eating.
There are several questions you should ask yourself when evaluating the healthiness (or lack thereof) of your current eating plan. These questions include:
Does Your Diet Include a Variety of Foods?
Variety is one of the most important hallmarks of a healthy diet, since no one food contains all the nutrients needed by the human body. It is important to eat foods from all the major food groups, including grains and breads, fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy products, meats, beans and nuts.
If you find yourself avoiding some food groups, such as vegetables for instance, it may be time to look for a healthier diet.
Are Cereals, Breads and other Grain Products Included in my Diet?
Eating a wide variety of grain based products is important to a healthy diet. Grains and cereals contain a large number of important nutrients, including high levels of dietary fibre.
It is important to choose whole grain products as often as possible, since whole grain products like wheat bread contain more nutrients than more refined white bread and similar products. When eating cereal, it is a good idea to choose whole grain varieties, or those that are enriched with vitamins and minerals.
Do I Include Several Different Fruits and Veggies in my Diet?
Many people don't eat sufficient servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Most experts recommend eating between 5 and 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, roughly equivalent to 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables.
When shopping for vegetables and fruits, it is important to choose a good variety of dark green, dark red, orange and yellow varieties. That is because different coloured fruits and vegetables contain a variety of different nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin A and beta carotene.
Is a Healthy Breakfast included in my Diet?
Breakfast, or the absence of it, is often a good indicator of the state of your diet. If you rush out of the house every morning and grab a donut at the local convenience store, chances are your diet can use some work.
Do I Watch my Unhealthy Fats Intake?
This is also an important question to ask yourself. Low fat alternatives are available for a variety of products, including milk, cheese, meats and more.
One part of following a healthy, low fat diet is avoiding prepared foods whenever possible, since prepared foods tend to have higher amounts of fat and sodium than fresh foods.
It is also important to control the amount of fat that is added at the table. Adding things like butter, sour cream and heavy sauces is a sure way to ruin an otherwise healthy meal. Even healthy foods like salads can be sabotaged by the addition of high fat salad dressings. Try using lower fat alternatives like flavored vinegars instead.
Am I Drinking Plenty of Water?
Drinking plenty of fresh, pure water is important to maintaining a healthy body and a healthy lifestyle. Water is important to maintaining optimal levels of health. If you think you need more water, try substituting water for less healthy beverages like soda and coffee, OR ask me about my FREE water challenge!
Am I Maintaining my Optimal Body Weight?
Gaining weight without trying to is often a sign of a poor diet. Following a healthy diet, and getting plenty of regular exercise, is important when it come to losing weight and keeping it off.
Do I limit the amount of salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine in my diet?
While all of these elements are fine in moderation, excessive amounts of any of these four can indicate a serious problem with your diet. It is important to limit the amount of unhealthy elements in any diet.
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If you can't stop snacking between meals, or you need help with portion control....
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Whatever the issues, send me a message as I am confident I will be able to help.
So many of my clients come to me saying that they have struggled to lose weight for years, despite having tried a ton of different diets and they feel like there must be something wrong with them.
It is NOT your fault. There is NOTHING wrong with you!
The mistake people often make is thinking that willpower alone is enough.
Willpower is misunderstood. It’s like a bolt of inspiration… A burst of energy…. A kick up the butt of motivation to go and do something…
BUT if that choice/action isn’t backed up with something that is going to help and support you and keep you motivated, that willpower will quickly fade, leaving you back at square one.
To be successful and reach your goal, you need to take action. You can do that in two ways.
You can do it consciously, which means consistently repeating things day in, day out, pushing yourself and motivating yourself, even when you don’t feel like doing things, keeping food diaries, making meals plans, counting calories, being mindful of every single thing you put in your mouth and generally being really strict with yourself….
OR you can do it SUBconsciously, where habits can be changed/formed almost immediately so your new healthier behaviours become second nature with minimal effort. You can boost your motivation levels so you actually WANT to exercise. You can just stop snacking and not even miss it.
You can change the way you think and feel about food and about yourself. You don’t need to struggle or feel deprived. You can lose weight without even really trying.
Which action sounds more appealing to you?
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This is Alan, he’s 45 and CEO of his own business.
He is earning a handsome wage and as far as his family and friends are concerned, he is ridiculously successful and fairly wealthy to boot!
What could he possibly have to complain about?
Whilst he is indeed successful and wealthy, he isn’t overly happy in his personal life.
He is often the butt of his friends’ jokes. He is a good sport and tries to take it on the chin, knowing that they mean no harm.
He even joins in and cracks jokes about his beer belly being “all bought and paid for”, but that’s more of a defense mechanism than anything else.
He’s sick of being the “fat friend”. It’s no fun and doesn’t do his self-esteem or confidence much good either.
Once upon a time, before his business took up so much of his time, Alan used to be quite active, now he can’t climb the stairs without breaking a sweat.
He misses playing football with the lads of a weekend and wishes he had the time, energy and motivation to go to the gym every day. He can’t even keep up with his kids when he takes them to the park.
Alan knows his health is suffering. His GP has already warned him that his blood pressure is up and he needs to start making changes, before he ends up with Type 2 Diabetes and puts himself at further risk of strokes or heart problems.
Sometimes he lays awake at night, unable to sleep and gazes lovingly at his wife sleeping next to him and then the doubts and fears creep in.
"What if she doesn’t find me attractive anymore?” He convinces himself that his wife would be far happier with a younger, fitter model.
Alan has strained relationships with his friends and a strained relationship with his wife. He knows that something needs to change. He can’t keep living like this. He wants to see his kids grow up and have kids of their own!
He is ready to take action.
He is ready to find himself a coach.
If Alan's story resonates with you and you also feel ready to take action and make a change, then send me a PM and let's chat.