27 February 2013

Eating Habits, Patterns and Conditioning.

Do we fully understand how we make the choices to eat the food that we do?  Do we make these decisions based on the location, home or out socially?  Food choices will vary depending on your environment, food contexts change depending on where you are.

Do you think your environment influences your food choices?  For example if you are at a Mexican restaurant, with great music playing, good vibes making you fell good, do you think your food decisions would be different than that say of a crowded smokey bar?

We don't make these decisions on a conscious level. Some interesting facts on when food consumption levels rise:

* when out socialising with a large group of friends
* obese people eating with other obese friends or family
* seeing someone eat makes you eat more
* when we serve ourselves we eat less, when served by others we consume more, why do we serve more to others than ourselves?

Food is something that is discussed on a daily basis. We all have different patterns, habits and conditioning levels.  Conditioning is something that we adapt at a very young age, because that is just the way "we do things". Breaking these habits can he hard, hence why so many people are overweight, underweight or have health issues.

Society really is frustrated with food and eating habits, it is a multi-million dollar industry with the marketing of "low-fat" products, quick fix fad diets, junk food advertising.  Millions of messages that our subconscious receives, this can affect how we decide on the food to consume.

25 February 2013

Connecting our thoughts with our eating patterns

Everyday we have to make decisions & some obviously are habits that we automatically process (brushing teeth) but how about our eating & drinking habits?

I wonder how many hours a day we think, plan & obsess about what we put in our mouths.

Starting my nutrition psychology studies this week and I look forward to sharing some interesting facts & findings as well as asking for your thoughts & opinions

10 February 2013

Five things.......

Laugh
Laugh often, be around people that make you smile! Laugh at yourself, be kind to yourself. Go to comedy nights, restrict news & current affairs.

Sleep well
Same hours most nights with no tv in bed or too much coffee/alcohol, try not to "sleep-in" get a routine going & have power naps if you need to recharge.

Eat healthy foods
The fresher the better 80-90% of the time! You don't need the foods you think you want/deserve, if you cannot.pronounce an ingredient on the label don't eat it, if it is on a tv ad limit it to rarely! Don't diet, eat good carbs & fats & enjoy learning how easy it is to make healthy meals. Enjoy the foods you love & don't punish yourself!

Move your body
Dance, run, swim, climb, skip, lift and do it 2-3 times a week! Do what makes you feel alive, gets your heart rate up & makes you sweat or feel strong - don't make it a chore! Mix things up, ask friends!

Love
Love yourself, your choices, your life, your hobbies, surround yourself with people that love you - don't judge others or compare yourself to others, you are loved & deserve love! Enjoy the finer things in life!

4 February 2013

4days alcohol & sugar free........

So Febfast is on day four & decided to do no sugar also. So far no real bother with the no drinking or sweet stuff! Feeling in control & great - so happy - lots of great things to snack on (berries, almonds, snow peas, pb) and lots of good protein, greek yoghurt, seeds/nuts, fruit & veggies handy for lunches & dinner.

Loving my sparkling mineral water with lime served in a wine glass to rehydrate, tis tres refreshing indeed.

Habits are funny things,  our brain knows exactly what we are going to do way before we think we think we have decided, millions of messages tends to set habits especially if we associate emotions to these habits (work, stress etc)

So I am enjoying this challenge & look forward to the positive results & not just giving in because that is the easy way out & you know what, life is alwAys going to throw challenges it is how you deal with them that counts!
Bring on day five :)