Most clients will report they are healthy eaters. They eat plenty of vegetables, and salad, and fruit – and enjoy it. But they just can’t seem to shift the extra weight like they once were able to, or gain the extra strength from their workouts like they think they should. Often they’re tired, and feeling down.
Mostly diets are associated with decreasing foods. Often clients will say ‘I’ve already cut out snacks’, ‘I’m not a big eater’ or ‘I’ve banned chocolate, which is my absolute favourite’.
In reality, adopting a healthy lifestyle needs to be about improving nutritional quality and increasing dietary variety – Trying new things, refining old recipes – it should be enjoyable, and fun, and delicious. And it can definitely include chocolate.
So how does Vision Dietetics help you achieve just that?
The first step to any program is increasing your awareness – what foods make up your daily intake, what do the bigger patterns in your diet tell us, are you munching mindlessly in front of your work computer? Do you avoid food all day because you’re busy, but scoff as much as possible at dinner time?
The next is to investigate the ins and outs of your lifestyle – are you a planner, do you make decisions on the run? Flambéing a steak on a Tuesday night no biggie, or does your microwave bear the weight of nightly food prep? Are you time poor, or is it really a case of low energy and/or motivation? Do you have habits conducive to success, or those that hinder your progress?
Delving deeper allows us to identify those nutrients you’re getting enough of, those you may be missing and strategies to improve your lifestyle. Strategies that are designed for YOU, that are both realistic and achievable.
It’s not just about what you eat, but the how and why as well. If you would like to learn more, come and work with our friendly dietitian Leah Stjernqvist.