In a recent poll, 35% of people indicated mental wellbeing had the greatest influence on their ability to adopt healthier eating habits. This factor outweighed physical activity (22% of voters), their environment (21%), social support and spirituality (both 11%). The results of this poll highlight how many of us recognize the importance a positive mindset has on the achievement of healthy eating habits. Read on for my top five tips for building and maintaining a healthy mindset…
Positive thinking and optimism have been linked with better health and health outcomes, improving mental wellbeing, decreasing stress levels and increasing happiness. On the other hand, stress and depression may play a role in the development of serious health conditions such as disordered eating and obesity, diabetes and heart disease and infertility among women.
My experience with clients shows that achieving health and wellbeing goals has more to do with the right attitude and being ready to make changes than it does with the changes themselves.
Whether you’re working on losing or maintaining weight, choosing the right foods to manage diabetes or food intolerances, or implementing a suitable eating plan for optimal sports performance, you’ll need the right attitude to stay happy and healthy this Christmas break. Here are 5 pointers to get you on your way:
Tips for weight maintenance include:
Take-home message: It is important to consider weight loss as your initial goal, then aim to maintain your new lower weight on an ongoing basis. Regular monitoring and support will help you not only achieve your goal, but stay there. If you know what you should be eating ( and sometimes it may be a case of what you don’t know about eating well) but have difficulty staying on track with your health programs contact me and I can help you to overcome hurdles to get your health on the right track
Michael is head consultant at Planet Naturopath - Functional Medicine and Nutrition Solutions. As Seen
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