Returning to healthy eating is not as difficult as you might think. There are three key ideas that will help to make your return as easy and effective as possible. These include choosing a sustainable eating plan that focuses on nutritious eating rather than weight loss, changing your attitude towards food, and embracing a healthy lifestyle. If extra support is needed, hypnotherapy can be a useful tool by enabling you to achieve your goals by using the power of your subconscious mind.
Returning to healthy eating (even after the holidays) is not as difficult as you might think.
When you return from your holidays, you rediscover the more structured life that you (temporarily) left behind. There are routines, obligations and timescales. Whilst these may seem initially to be restricting they are in fact a significant bonus. You are now back living in a zone where eating whatever you wish, whenever you wish, is no longer possible or practical. It becomes easier and more time effective to plan meals in advance.
The importance of choosing a healthy and sustainable eating plan.
A healthy, sustainable eating plan will provide you with high quality nutrition that positively impacts your health both now and in the future. On a day to day basis, you will enjoy a steady stream of energy, reduced stress and increased feelings of positivity. In the longer term, an eating plan that includes high levels of fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of obesity, general health problems and diabetes and reduce the risk of heart disease. You will also find that weight loss will be easier to achieve whilst your personal effectiveness, in respect of your personal productivity and your ability to recall, will also improve. Sustainability is key.
Eating for health, not weight loss.
An eating programme that creates drastic weight reduction by severely restricting the foods or food types that you can eat is likely to be impossible to maintain in the long term. This can lead to a cycle of yo-yo dieting with corresponding feelings of failure and low self-esteem, contributing to an unhelpful relationship with food altogether. In contrast, adopting a healthy way of eating that allow you to enjoy and appreciate the benefits of eating nutritious food will not only increase your enjoyment of eating in general, but also help you to lose weight as you discover that the foods you are now eating are satisfying.
The rewards of changing your attitude towards food.
When you change your attitude towards food you stop feeling deprived and start to feel appreciated. This can be achieved by shifting your focus away from “calories” and/or the idea of “good/bad” foods towards the concept of nutritional value. What are the best nutrients that you can choose to give your body to optimise your health and your wellbeing? Think beyond what your body needs nutritionally to consider what your body deserves to function at its best. Eating healthily is a form of self-care. It is a beautiful and meaningful way to value yourself, both inside and out.
Combining healthy eating with a healthy lifestyle.
There are 5 foundations of a healthy lifestyle; restorative and adequate sleep, high quality nutrition, daily exercise, a positive outlook, and a balanced way of living. All the foundations are interrelated (e.g. when you are lacking sleep you are more likely to want to snack on unhealthy foods). Together, they will enable you to live your very best life, to be all you want to be and to achieve all you can. You build each foundation through the myriad of small (seemingly insignificant) choices that you make each day. In truth, each choice is another step towards or away from investing in your health, your wellbeing and your future.
Hypnotherapy can help you return to healthy eating.
If you are struggling to return to healthy eating, or to embrace the healthy lifestyle that you want to be living, hypnotherapy can help you. At times your mind can become so accustomed to a certain way of thinking, (which can lead your bodies into a certain way of doing), that it can be hard to bring about the positive changes that you want to make. Working together, we can use the power of your unconscious mind to change old, unhelpful ways of thinking and replace them with a more positive, forward looking mindset that will enable you to embrace the healthy lifestyle you want and deserve.
To find out more about how hypnotherapy can help you return to healthy eating contact me today.