What a wonderful week for getting outside!
The weather has been stunning and, after a day at the coast last Saturday I felt quite renewed from being outside all day.
Top that with a really successful in-person and on-zoom Sunday Wake Up! I’ve had a very chipper week, feeling like there’s a little bit of normality in this weird and wonderful time in our lives.
Talking of normality I’ve also been reminding clients this week of a message that I’ve not used for a while or at least not spoken to them about. And that’s helping them see that they’re not ignorant about food and how to look after themselves.
When I see clients who want to lose weight or get healthier there’s usually a comment or criticism, from them, on their ability to know what to eat. I think that this is far from the truth.
Whilst I acknowledge that we’re inundated with messages about the ‘best’ way to eat from low fat to low carb to keto or Paleo, vegetarian and vegan. I do know that if we follow any of those diets or ways of eating, we will lose weight and feel better. It may not be the best long term solution for you, but that kind of change will produce a positive outcome.
I also know that people know well enough to eat more vegetables, salads and fruit and fewer pizzas, cakes and flapjacks.
So it’s not that people are ‘rubbish’ when it come to managing their diet. In fact I so often hear that their meals are pretty good and healthy.
Therefore it’s not about the food.
It’s the other stuff that gets us.
It’s the angst over being a full time working mum and not seeing enough of the kids. It’s the preoccupation with job security or financial stress. It might be a challenging relationship or the bloody kids (as my mum used to say!)
When life throws us a challenge or a sticky situation all our knowledge and common sense around food can go down the pan and the rules are off!
Healthy meals are the highs in-between the snacking and mindless eating lows of worry, anxiety, joy and sadness.
Recognising this is a huge realisation. So what can you do?
Firstly, accepting that you do know what to do and that you’re not rubbish with food is a positive thought in a sometimes negative cycle.
Second, being aware of the triggers that set off this avalanche can help you at least think twice before diving into the toffee popcorn. It may not stop you, but being aware is a good step.
Thirdly, keeping your house as free of the pitfalls as possible is, stating the blinding obvious, but still one that many people try and navigate. Relying on willpower is futile and thankless. Why put yourself through that angst when you can make it easier by not having it in the house? I know there’s a bunch of you telling me that you’ve got kids, got a husband or got hungry teenagers. I get it. But they probably don’t need as much if you’re not jumping in and they can stash it somewhere out of your sight and reach.
It’s as simple as moving the sugar from the counter to the cupboard. Out of sight, out of mind.
Putting leftovers or treats in opaque containers. Out of sight, out of snacking danger.
Having prepared vegetables, salads, fruit and cold meats or eggs in the fridge in clear containers so they are seen first.
It doesn’t always work, but it mostly does.
Finally, if you see a pattern in your behaviour, like a certain trigger that spikes a cupboard opening spree. Take some time to reflect on it. Where does this stem from? What could make it worse? What would make it better? What would need to happen for this to change or disappear?
Once again, this isn’t a quick or easy task. But the awareness around these behaviours makes it harder to ignore next time it happens. Being self aware can be both painful in the realisation but rewarding in the resolution.
So next time you say to someone “I’m so rubbish with food” — ask yourself “am I really?” or is it a life challenge that keeps popping up and triggering the desire to search down food?
Good luck and, if you need some help with getting to the nub of the problem, please drop me a line. I help to coach clients with these issues, to bring it to their attention and for them to find a way to deal with it better.
If you’re keen to get outside and workout (and why wouldn’t you?!) come and join me this Sunday at Bearwood Recreation Ground at 9am. I’ll be live in person and live on Zoom for those of you who live too far away to join me. I’d love to see you!
You do need to book as I am limited to 29 people in a group, but on Zoom it’s pretty much unlimited!
Book your space on TeamUp here.
From 23 September to the 31 December we’ll be in our ninth 100 Day Fitness Challenge! A free, online community encouraging you to get moving for the last 100 days of the year. Join me in the Facebook page here — we start on Wednesday next week!
FastTrack Fit Camp is an outdoor fitness business with the focus on improving people on the inside so they feel good on the outside. In 2019 FastTrack Fit Camp became a Social Enterprise and committed to distribute a minimum of 50% of profits back to community environmental projects each year with the goal of helping our local citizens feel good whilst being outside too.