These last few days I’ve been hiding away from the world. My mood has been low but I’ve been forcing myself to work and volunteering to give myself some form of routine.
Now I’m not sure if it’s the change in what I’m eating or my hormones just deciding to throw a strop but my mental health is deciding to have a bitch fit around that “time of the month/lady time/star week” (call it what you will.
I’m already on vitamins B and D and evening primrose oil as well as my prescribed medication from my doctor so now it’s time to investigate foods and see what I can eat that will help me in the future.
I never thought about these things before but could what I have been eating be affecting my health rather than helping my health?
There are so many conflicting articles of what is good and bad so it really is about researching
I had a link sent to me www.phcuk.org/healthy-eating-guidelines-weight-loss-advice-for-the-uk/ and it’s an absolute brilliant read (click on the pdf download). It’s a 40 page document which talks about nutrition and recommendations by all sorts of dieticians, doctors, psychologists, nutritionists. It discusses the advice and recommendation from the NHS and the Nation Institute for health and Care Excellence (NICE). Grab yourself a cuppa and take the time to read it.
Just a little snippet of what it recommends:
Eat real food, until you're satisfied. These are foods that are naturally nutrient
dense and are minimally altered from their natural state, which will nourish you
and satisfy hunger.
2. Avoid fake foods, as much as you can. These are foods that have been highly processed
from their natural state with free sugars, highly-processed oils and
fortified nutrients, which do not nourish you and will not satisfy hunger.
3. Be active everyday, with an activity you enjoy. Whether it be a brisk walk up the
stairs or a vigorous workout in an exercise class, it'll help improve cardiovascular
health, mood and sleep.
Here are some common examples of real foods:
1. Fats & Proteins. Eggs, sardines, mackerel, salmon, beef, chicken (with skin), lamb,
pork, liver, kidney, heart, avocados, olives, full-fat cheese, full-fat yoghurt, cream,
almonds, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, walnuts.
2. Carbohydrates. Broccoli, spinach, green beans, bell peppers, tomatoes,
mushrooms, cauliflower, courgettes, onions, carrots, butternut squash, blueberries,
strawberries, apples, oranges, lemons, parsnips, beans, legumes, potatoes,
3. Drinks. Water, tea, herbal tea, fruit tea, coffee, full-fat milk, full-fat cream.
4. Oils. Beef tallow, butter, coconut oil, ghee, goose fat, lard and cold-pressed olive
Here are some common examples of fake foods:
1. Fats & Proteins. Low-fat cheeses, low-fat yoghurt, low-fat spreads, beans in sauce,
flavoured nuts, canned whipped cream.
2. Carbohydrates. Sugary cereals, refined breads, refined pastas, crisps, biscuits,
cakes, dried fruit.
3. Drinks. Sugary soft drinks, fruit juices, low-fat milk, sugary milkshakes, prepackaged
4. Oils. Sunflower oil, corn oil, vegetable oil, soya oil and rapeseed oil.
Ultimately it’s your decision with what you do. I’m not saying believe me and everything I tell you , all I’m doing is telling you the research I’m finding and for you to make your own informed decisions.. I won’t think less of you whatever you decide to do. We are all different.
I’ve spent the past two weeks constantly justifying my choices. Apparently im a hypocrite, I’ve changed my mind overnight, I’m wrong, It stopped working for me because I wasn’t doing it. And every single time I have responded providing the option to re read what I am saying, that I am merely stating the negative impact it has had one me and that it should be just as acceptable to show both the good and bad sides no matter which you agree with.
A hypocrite would be me flying the flag and supporting something I don’t believe in any more. A hypocrite would be me pretending that I’ve had nothing but amazing positive life changing experiences and hiding the truth from people when I’ve always said I would be open and honest.
I know the healthy balance project is helping people, I’ve had so many messages and comments and its inspiring and motivating to know there are others who feel the same, yes they are also scared from stepping away from the safety net of what we have all come to love . but it’s exciting and so much fun to listen to and read all this research that people are doing.