If I have to look at another piece of chocolate, crisp, biscuit…who am I kidding? I’d still eat it, but I am feeling sluggish, bloated and just a bit under par after the excesses of the festive period and a New Year’s spent stuffing my body weight in snacks.
Hands up anyone that’s sick of chocolate, cake, crisps or the stuff that you know isn’t good for you? It’s inevitable that the festive season ends up with me ploughing through a heap of junk food. It’s a combination of comfort eating, and the commercial crap around having to have a year’s worth of food in the house for what is essentially one day of celebration.
Now with the New Year, starts all the diet adverts. Not content with convincing us that we needed all of the sugary or salty crap in the first place, the marketing machine cranks it up to tell us we’re overweight and unhealthy, so we need to follow the latest diet fad to lose it all.
But hang on! Don’t go reaching for that diet food or spending all that money because that’s not going to make you feel happy or your body for that matter either.
The plain and simple truth is we are what we eat. Our grandparents had it right when they used to tell us ‘everything in moderation’ and there is a method to that outlook too. Because as we will find out tomorrow in the live webinar with Ella, there have been proven links between the food we eat and the way we feel.
I know for myself that if I reduce my intake of bread, I reduce the amount of bloating I have and if I reduce the amount of meat I eat, I don’t feel quite so heavy and lethargic. And sugar…I love the stuff, but I know it doesn’t love me. My moods are less erratic and all over the show without it although its absence significantly impacts on my capacity to enjoy a beer or three.
That’s not to say that would work for you, but in his book ‘optimum nutrition for the mind’, Patrick Holford lays it out in black and white, that the food we put in, impacts on what we get out. And the big culprit is the modern diet which has masses of sugar and processed crap, that doesn’t nourish us physically or mentally.
Now, to be clear, I’m not suggesting that we all decide that we’re going to become saints with our diets (believe me I stuck with the sugar free diet for four weeks – I felt amazing, but fell off the wagon as soon as I realised I couldn’t live without a chocolate bar), but we all have wiggle room in terms of tidying it up enough to reap the benefits from some small changes.
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