Is what you're eating supporting you to achieve your dreams and goals?
- Tracey Hancock
What you eat directly affects your health and that's going to have a significant impact on how you show up each day and what you're able to do and achieve.
Are you setting yourself up well to achieve your health, life and work goals?
These days shopping and preparing meals is often seen as one more thing to do in an already busy life. All too often that means we end up grabbing anything we can and eat on the run. The need for quick, convenient meals has meant that packaged foods and pre-prepared meals, as well as eating at cafes, restaurants and fast food outlets have become more prevalent than ever before.
But there's a cost to this type of eating (and it's so much more than a financial one!).
Your body is an amazing 'machine' and it needs to be well fuelled to function effectively. Only when this happens can it support you to be the best version of you possible and enable you to achieve your dreams and goals.
Nature has created some incredible foods that contain the minerals, nutrients and energy you need to perform at your best. But these day what gets called "food" isn't always real food. Increasingly there are more numbers and chemicals making their way into our foods, not just the packaged ones, but during the growing, harvesting and processing stages.
It seems like everyday there's something in the media about the latest 'diet' that requires you to make drastic changes, dropping out whole food groups or only eating one or two things. Food has somehow become hard and complicated. An there's a common thought that eating healthy means eating tasteless, boring food (far from it!).
Understand your own needs
The best place to start is to understand your specific needs. Think about...
- Your age and stage of life
- Your gender
- The type of work you do and how active / physical it is
- Your hobbies, interests and sports, and what they require of you
- Your health goals - lose weight, gain weight, recovering from illness etc.
- Fitness goals - like running a 1/2 marathon, hiking for 3 days, being able to swim 100m etc.
By understanding your own needs you can make informed choices about what you need to eat. Seek out expert advice, from a credible and reputable source, and listen to your own instincts.
I'm often reminded by my father that back in his day you grew your own vegetables and prepared meals largely from scratch. You also ate seasonally.
Preparing nutritious meals doesn't need to be daunting or time consuming. Practice, yes. Learning new skills, yes.
Would you rather invest your time in eating well or in having to recover from illness because of poor diet, or feel the disappointment of not achieving your dreams and goals?
Some tips to get you started:
- hydrate well (with quality water)
- eat lots of vegetables - if you enjoy gardening you could grow your own, buy organic (especially for the dirty dozen), or get veges that are as fresh as possible
- stock your fridge and cupboards with delicious, nutritious food that you want to eat
- have plenty of herbs (fresh and dried) and spices on hand to add a flavour hit
- green juices or smoothies are a great way to get more vegetables and all the goodness they contain into your diet
- pre-prepare meals and put them into serving sized containers in the freezer or fridge
What small change can you make today that WILL positively impact on your health, and ultimately help you show up as the best version of you so you can achieve your dreams and goals?
Go well! - Tracey
Tracey Hancock is a coach and mentor to people wanting to put their health at the heart of everything they do so they can achieve true success in life and business. Using the High Quality Health principles you can create a plan that’s specifically tailored for you to achieve your life and business dreams and goals.
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