This month we focus on the Fourth Foundational Factor we use as C.H.E.K Practitioners: Nutrition
Did you know that the vast majority of the UK population, a huge 64% of our community is overweight or Obese! These findings were published a few months ago by Public Health England (PHE), the report also stated that :
“People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. Excess weight can also affect self-esteem and mental health. Overall health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS over £5 billion each year.”
There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity; it is a complex issue that requires action at individual, family, local and national levels. We can all play our part in this by eating a healthy balanced diet and being more active.
Our Local Authorities, GPs and hospitals are working flat out to control this issue, but the problem we are facing is one we have been battling for the last 40 years or so.
What makes us FAT?
A simple question, and one of which may paint a picture in your own mind. Traditionally, the answers (in the last 40 years) have been such as eating fatty foods, not exercising, and the most common of TOO many calories! Only ONE of these answers stands true however!
Fat, but nutritionally starving!
So, we are a community of overweight adults and an alarmingly increasing number of obese children! But even though we are eating lots, the majority of us are living on a diet so void of nutrition that over time these create problems as stated above!
Weight loss is a lot more than following a diet, and it is most certainly NOT about counting calories!! You read correctly: calories do not come into the equation when true long-term health is your main goal.
I often ask new clients about the different diets they have tried over the years and the majority can name at least 3. But results are always short-term and the weight ALWAYS returns! The trick, as stated in the report above, is a complex one!
What should we be eating?
Every single one of us is as different on the inside as we are on the outside.
To give a generalised diet plan to one person may have little, if any effect. It may make the next person better but a third person could feel worse! The true way to ascertain what you are eating can only be done through testing your Metabolic Type – a process we do for all our clients.
Once this has been determined we can then design a food plan that YOU will enjoy and can be structured to fit into your daily and weekly schedule, working alongside your work, home and social life!
As a general rule of thumb, here are four tips on changing your diet:
- Eat Whole Foods – this means eating foods NOT prepared in a factory. Eat food as nature intended and learn how to cook real food!
- Avoid sugar and hidden sugar in food – Did you know the average bowl of cereal contains four tablespoons of sugar! Sugar is one of quickest ways to weight gain and hormonal imbalance!
- Avoid grains as much as possible – the majority of the UK population do not do well with some grains. The big culprits are Wheat, Barley, Rye and Oats – these grains are also the most common you find in packaged foods and can cause a whole host of problems from digestive problems to weight gain, to depression.
- Plan, plan, plan! – Plan an entire week’s meal menu. Ensure you have the right food in the kitchen to eat or prepare meals. Then if you need a nibble you won’t reach for the sugary snacks.
I hope you found this month’s column of use. My intention with each of these monthly columns is simply to get you thinking about your current health and energy, To seek to take control AND responsibility for your own future health and happiness!