Nutrition: Lifestyle Issue #3

Written by Fazal, our nutritionist at the clinic. By treating everyone he sees as individuals, Fazal is able to understand the problems of clients and offers advice and information as appropriate. He believes in coaching that should make good nutrition a part of people’s lives for the rest of their lives.
The stress and work needed to raise a family are often underappreciated and anyone who’s done it will know the amount of time and effort required to do so. The problem arises when YOU want to lose weight (or gain muscle) but no one else is interested in making the same changes you are. This has been shown to kill progress, make it much more difficult or just put off people from starting in the first place.

The solution to this is not to be a recluse from your family as this is just not sustainable (or much fun!) but to balance your lifestyle with theirs. By that I mean having them eat some of the same foods as you but at other times eating and doing what you know needs to be done.

This is done fairly easily as long as the change is slow, steady and not to drastic and most importantly they still enjoy their own lifestyle and food. We don’t want to force a healthier lifestyle on kids but it should be introduced at a young age for their own future health (the current statistics on child obesity are SHOCKING!)

An example of this could be making a meal based around chicken, peas and some mixed vegetables which would fit the requirement for most people on a diet. For the rest of the family this can still make a tasty meal but a handful of pasta or rice will make it more complete so this could be added to their plate only. This way everyone’s happy!

Follow these recommendations to make it simpler:

  1. Keep the kids/family foods that are off limits to you in a different cupboards to the foods that make up most of your diet.
  2. Slowly make changes in their lunch meals by replacing sugar snacks with healthier foods but foods they enjoy.
  3. Make a note of all the foods that your family enjoy then make meals based around those of which fit in your diet.
  4. In the evening when things are quieter plan the foods that you will need to prepare the next day.
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