Many of us struggle with self control when it comes to our eating habits and for many, daily nutrition can be a constant battle between willpower and desire. A battle that some days we win, and some days we lose. Getting great health&fitness results requires a high degree of consistency, not an epic week/month of blitzing the gym and having super strict nutrition.
Most peoples efforts to improve their nutrition consist of trying to give up certain foods or food groups. The problem with this approach is that as soon as we tell ourselves we are not allowed something, our brain automatically starts to desire it even more. This is something that I notice hugely and is has also been studied and scientifically supported.
I would like to encourage you to try a different strategy, instead of giving up foods I want you to actively take up some new nutritional habits. With these new habits in place your nutritional quality will be improved and you should find your desire for the more damaging foods will be less intense giving you a much greater chance of long term success.
The Action Plan (examples of some positive nutrition changes to take up)
- Make one of your meals each day a large salad with a large portion of protein & small handful (30-40g) of unsalted nuts + a pint of water
- Include a large portion of vegetables with every evening meal
- Eat a different type of meat each night (different from the previous 2 nights)
- Eat a vegetable or fruit that you have not had before each week
- Drink a glass of water with every meal
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Author - Tom Peto
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