Where do I begin with changing my health around?

Aug 5, 2015

Most clients when they come to see me just don’t know where to begin when it comes to making changes to their diet. What they do know is they don’t want to be where they are now so this is where I come in.

By taking a thorough case study and reviewing their health history, medical records, current eating and lifestyle habits, I work together with my clients all round the world to create individual goals for them so they go away with tasks to complete in a quantified timeframe and this takes the brainwork out of the process for them. You can read about how I work with my clients fully here and if the above sounds like something you need in your life right now, this is what I do and love doing so contact me on the contact form here and we can get the ball rolling with your health plan.

My clients know exactly why they are following each and every step addition to their eating and lifestyle routine as they are fully involved in their programme as I educate them and they leave excited about the changes their plan will bring to their health.

We review their progress against a measurable goal i.e. if they have come to see me for weight loss, this is measured using my tape measure from multiple points and taking progress photos (please note I do not use scales to measure weight loss success as success will be totally lost on a set of scales if they have gained muscle and dropped fat), or if they have skin breakouts then we take photos and log it that way.

Here are three helpful pointers which I hope will help you from afar, let me know which one resonates mostly with you in the comments section at the end.

1). INNER CHAOS CREATES OUTER CHAOS

When we have too many projects and tasks whizzing around in our head it uses up valuable mind share and can lead to a state of feeling overwhelmed and constantly chasing an endless out of control to do list.

To enjoy relief, clarity and energy you need to create some mental whitespace and one superb exercise to help you to do this is to write down ALL your projects, tasks and small to do’s on a piece of paper and get them out of your head. From your household chores and personal errands to your work tasks on the go at the moment and the phone calls you need to make – write them down in a huge mind dumping exercise. This may take you half an hour, maybe more. The more ideas that are out of your head and on paper the better – mental space saving is key.

All those tasks can now be prioritized and diarized into your schedule over the upcoming weeks so there’s no fear of anything getting forgotten or not getting done. You can now devote energy to you, without fear of forgetting all these things going on in your life which can mentally take over your world, and leave you thinking, ‘I’ll think about sorting my X out another time’. X could be: my constant headaches, my pre-diabetes I have been diagnosed with, my low energy, my foggy brain, my unexplained rash or skin breakout or my middle tyre which I just can’t seem to budge.

Health is your number one asset but when life gets buys it often gets de-prioritized. Now your life is organised busy, it can shift back up to top spot again.

2). HYDRATE 

Hands up if you catch yourself regularly saying, “I haven’t drunk enough water today”. Sound familiar? Those dehydrated headaches (right in the forehead) and poorly functioning digestion can most likely be linked to a lack of water.

Your brain is made up of 80% water. Dehydration can slow down brain power and concentration so to keep focused, sip on water throughout the day.

Ideally… you should be aiming for 8 glasses or 2 litres. Here’s what we do!

  1. Invest in a decent BPA free water bottle 
  2. Squeeze some fresh lemon into your water for a citrus and vitamin C touch
  3. Eat your water as well as drinking it by eating hydrating foods. Most fruits and veggies are made up of about 70% water but some are made up almost entirely of it. Eating foods like watermelon, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, lettuce, radishes, spinach, cauliflower, strawberries, citrus fruits and broccoli will keep you happily hydrated.

3). POSITIVE CROWDING IN 

Sometimes being told what you can’t have or can’t do isn’t so much fun. ‘Positive crowding in’ is a concept I LOVE and practice and it goes like this….

You add so many good, health habits and nutritious food into your day that you barely have room for the junk and negative chatter. It’s such a perfect theory, but one that initially takes a bit of practice. If you’re filling your mind with gratitude and positive thoughts by filling out a gratitude journal when you wake up and go to bed, you leave no room in your head for the negatives.

To begin your gratitude journaling, on rising, write down three things you’re grateful for in the world – it could be that you’re happy it’s not raining and that you get to walk to work, or it might be that you’re so grateful for your warm mug of coffee that’s tasting and smelling beyond good right now. Before you go to bed, again write down 3 things; you might be grateful that you were super productive in work today which means you’re going to have an easy day tomorrow at the office or there might be a beautiful pink sunset outside. The more you train your brain to look out for the good, the more it will come naturally in everyday conversations and situations.

What about crowding out bad foods? If you eat all the good stuff, you’re too full and busy to eat anything that won’t nourish you.

Which point most resonated with you? Share your thoughts below – I’d LOVE to hear from you and if you have any other tips that work for you, then please share them below to help inspire others 🙂

All the healthy best,

Jess x

 

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Hi, I’m Jess! Nutritional Therapist  & Personal Trainer, sharing workouts & nutrition made simple from my island home in Menorca. My mission? To educate & inspire people to achieve & sustain their personal health & body shape goals. I love to hike, cook, and bring inspiring people together.

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