Hello and Happy Wednesday! I like Wednesdays; we are mid way through the week and Friday is getting closer. I hope everyone has had a good week so far! I am still recovering from a race I did on Saturday. This one definitely wasn’t as muddy as the Collingwood one but it sure was hilly (and a little technical).
Something that I am so passionate about and part of the reason why I got into health and nutrition is because we are all so different with how we process foods and finding what works for us. It is such a journey when it comes to figuring out our optimal health. The process be frustrating at times, but also quite enjoyable.
Last Friday I wanted to try something new and try out some clean carbs before the race. I had been seeing all these beautiful pictures on Instagram of people making lentil pasta. I thought it would be great to have before a race as it’s full of good carbohydrates and the ingredients were clean (100% lentils). I made it, and just added olive oil, garlic and a bit of steamed veg along side. Well, about 10 minutes after I could feel the effects and knew straight away that this certainly wasn’t working with me. I actually looked about 9 months pregnant after and had to lie down. This brings me to my point: what works for some people might not work for you.
Unfortunately, with heath and nutrition, there is no black and white approach, even when we’re told there is. Every single person is unique, and no one diet fits all. If you want to make a life lasting change, you need to treat your health as a unique process for you.
Below are a few things I have done/am doing that have been helping me to reach my optimal nutrition and health.
Journaling and Food logging
NO, not calorie counting! Food journaling and logging your food for a period of time can help you discover which foods affect your energy levels, mood levels and any physical symptoms that occur after eating certain foods. You don’t have to do this for very long but long enough to be able to go back in your journal and make those connections between food and how you are feeling. The negative symptoms that can occur (ie digestive issues, bloating, mood swings) are often not a coincidence but rather you could have an intolerance to certain foods.
I can’t stress this one enough! There are so many social media outlets, adverts, Facebook ads and documentaries talking about the next fad diet. If your friend has decided to ditch gluten and dairy and you think it sounds like a good idea, grab any book on the Paleo diet and learn why people do this. My favourite book I read when I started getting into health and nutrition was “It Starts with Food” by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig. It goes into detail what processed foods can do to our digestive system and the benefits of eating a whole foods diet.
Getting in touch with a health coach
Defining your vision of a healthier lifestyle can be challenging. A health coach will guide you through different diet plans and lifestyle changes you can start making. You are held accountable for your actions and there is someone with you every step of the way. You can begin to take the guess work out of what foods work best for you and your body and start to focus on your new healthy lifestyle.
Enjoy the process, you have one body so treat it well. If you want to make lasting change you need to take the time to figure out your body and what works for you. If you require any help or assistance in your lifestyle journey, please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself for one-on-one coaching.