Hopefully, you have already read my post on why you should consider giving up on calorie counting. If not, please have a read here.
The fact is that calorie counting is unnecessary for the majority of people, whether they want to lose weight or not, but the feeling of being ‘in control’ is appealing.
I get it, I felt the same for a very long time and it took a while to stop the calorie counter in my head even after I had deleted the app.
But there is another way and here I will explain what you can focus on instead.
Reconnect with how food makes you feel
Instead of blindly thinking, ‘Oh, I am so good for eating that,’ or ‘I feel so bad now’, focus on whether the food was satisfying.
How long did it keep you full for?
Did you enjoy it or did you experience a crash not long after?
Did you approach the meal/snack gently hungry or were you ravenous?
Were you left wanting more or were you overly full?
Try to get out of your head and listen to the signals that your body is very good at sending you.
Stop seeing foods as good or bad
When you attach moral labels to food, you automatically give them power over you. This means that in the long run, you are likely to overeat them.
If you have recognised that you need to reduce your consumption of processed foods, you need to begin by normalising them. You will then be able to consume them in moderation and within the context of an overall healthy diet.
It sounds easy but it isn’t! I know, I have been there but if you are struggling, my free training series may help.
Get plenty of plants
There is a huge emphasis on high protein diets these days and whilst protein is important, getting enough fresh fruit and veg is even more so.
Look at what is missing and focus there first. So are you getting enough fruit and veg, are you eating beans and legumes, are you focussing on whole grains?
Are you including healthy fats like avocados and beans?
Don’t look at what needs to go, look at what needs to be added!
Cook from scratch
There is a myth that eating well takes time and is expensive.
Not true! I can literally create healthy meals all week for my family on as little as £50 a week – that is the cost of our weekly shop.
It also doesn’t have to be complicated – just check out my really simple recipes here.
There is no doubt that a focus on home-cooked meals will help improve not only your physical health but your mental and emotional wellbeing also. Not to mention the increased energy levels.
This is, of course, just a start. For more information on how to set yourself up for success and be the master of your own nutrition, join my next free webinar.