Educate yourself! Find out what you need to know about nutrition!

Now I am not an expert on nutrition except that I have learnt what works for me. There is a lot of information out there and some of it is even contradictory. How much are you guessing about the food you eat? What is good for you? What hinders weight loss?

In this week’s blogs I want to suggest a few things for you to find out more about.

One of the things that I found most scary to discover was how much of our food contains ingredients and “other things” that are actually harmful to us and can sabotage effective weight loss.

For example, many so called low calorie convenience food is stuffed full of sugar! Sugar? How crazy is that? There are also a number of additives that research is beginning to show may be harmful to our health. For this reason most nutritionalists recommend that you eat whole foods that you prepare for yourself. By doing this you are making sure you know what you are eating and you can ensure that you avoid harmful chemicals, limit fat, sugar and salt.

You might also want to consider using organic food. Why? To avoid hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals. Fruit and vegetables may have been sprayed with a whole range of chemicals to kill bugs and pests. Here’s the thing, if it’s poison for bugs what is it for us? Animals raised with non-organic methods may be pumped full of hormones and antibiotics to promote growth, increased yield etc. All of these chemicals are then passed on to us.

Rather than take my word for it do some research of your own. Read some books, speak to a nutritionalist, an endocrinologist etc. Be cautious of anyone who seems to be pushing an artificial product or supplement. Their advice may be bias toward their product.

A book I found particularly helpful, if a little scary is “Master your metabolism” by Jillian Michaels. I am a big fan of Jillian Michaels, the trainer from the American version of the Biggest Loser. This book gives a lot of really useful background information and so helped me to become better informed.

What have you found out about nutrition? Share with other readers of this blog via the comments section. Please note I will not publish adverts for products as I am not clear about the true health value of many of these products. What I’m looking for is sharing of down to earth and practical tips that others will also find useful.

Let me know how you are doing.

About Melody @ GWizlearning

Melody spent fourteen years gathering experience of the business world working in banking, telecommunications and the public sector before co-founding The GWiz Learning Partnership in 1993. Melody has a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology, a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Psychotherapy. She is an NLP Master Trainer which allows her to run NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer Training courses certified by the Positive School of Intrinsic Neuro-Linguistc Psychology. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and EI practitioner and added to all this is five years Transactional Analysis training, meaning she is able to help organisations access the hidden potential in their staff. She is also in demand for her work in transforming average or even troubled teams into high performers. Melody is a visiting lecturer at University of East London, teaching "Wellbeing and Positive Psychology" to undergraduates. Additionally, she is a member of the CIPD and is ILM accredited. Melody's interests are many and varied. She has a keen interest in personal development, canine and wolf psychology, conservation, movies and running. She also enjoys western horse riding, walking the GWiz dogs, nature watching and stage combat (particularly sword fighting).
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4 Responses to Educate yourself! Find out what you need to know about nutrition!

  1. JO says:

    I am trying very hard to switch to organic and I find that buying veg boxes which contain mostly seasonal and always organic veg. I find it ok cost wise and forces me to try new things! Some good,swiss chard, some not, artichokes, yuk!!!
    I am trying to buy more organic meat but find very expensive. I therefore try to eat less meat or cheaper cuts but organic.
    I drink a lot of diet drinks which if honest i am probably a little addicted to! I try to stop but it’s a challenge.
    Great blog as always!

  2. Melody Cheal says:

    Sounds like you’re doing some great things with your eating choices.

    The diet drinks may be sabotaging you somewhat. They are paradoxically loaded with chemicals that can play havoc with your system

  3. Melody Cheal says:

    And be gentle with yourself too :0)

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