Truth be told, nutrition is actually very simple – calories in versus calories out, protein, carbs and good fats along with plenty of vegetables. What makes it complicated is our negative self-talk; the voices in our head that tells us it is okay to eat an entire block of chocolate or since we have blown our diet for the day or week we will just start again next week.
These are the voices that justify, demean, punish and distract from what we really should be focusing on – good nutrition, good habits, good health, good food. So here are the most negative things you can say to yourself about diets, food and nutrition and the self-talk that may be holding you back from reaching your health and fitness goals.
1. “I have blown it”
Blown what exactly? The mindset that tells us there is a ‘perfect’ way to eat and if we have one extra slice of bread or an extra glass of wine we have completely ruined any dietary regime is extreme, unfounded and has no real meaning in the bigger picture of life.
Expecting human beings to follow self-developed rules for dietary purism will only lead to one thing – an endless cycle of restriction, overeating and guilt. It is important to understand that there is no ‘perfect’ diet, there are simply good habits that we maintain most of the time.
So next time you think you have ‘blown it’, the best thing to do is get back to your regular habits the very next meal or snack and stop thinking so much about it.
2. "I have been bad"
The most common confession from clients when they return for review appointments, they believe ‘being bad’ equates to eating chocolate or drinking wine as opposed to shooting someone or hitting someone’s car and not leaving a courtesy note.
There is no such thing as ‘being bad’ on a diet – there is eating more than we need to; or enjoying a few glasses of wine too many but as soon as we mentally equate eating too much to a childlike behaviour, we begin a childlike cycle of punishment and reward for eating the certain types of food.
Focus on food habits rather than one off eating occasions to develop better food perspective and focus on what you are doing right rather than what you perceive to be doing wrong to move forward with positive diet changes.