And why, you may ask, did we do that? Well, its quite simple really, food is important, REALLY important. As Ann Wigmore of the Natural Health Institute said; “the food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison”. Our relationship with food is complex at best, your mood directs your food, and all sorts of psychological and physiological factors dictate what we put into our bodies. Many studies show that anxiety, lethargy, irritability, and cravings can result from a poor or imbalanced diet, and that this can be the start of a vicious circle where one feeds the other.
Yet this isn’t a diet blog, it’s a food blog. We don’t really advocate faddy, short-term diets, if you find they work for you, that’s fine, but clinical studies in the United States have shown that only 10-20% of short-term diets result in long term weigh loss of 5% or more. Put simply, less than 1 in 5 diets are effective in the long term. Diets are lonely. Sitting staring at a protein shake while your friends and family get stuck into the barbecue offerings is a pretty miserable way to spend your lunchtime. Diets are also extremely difficult to stick to when you have children and grandchildren around, we know, we’ve been there. We have an obesity crisis in this country, with over 1 in 3 children in year 6 overweight or obese. We therefore firmly believe that the key to changing this lies in small, incremental lifestyle changes rather than cold turkey-style dieting. If you want to change the way you eat, you have to allow your body to get used to the change, and this transition can take time. Making these changes, and making them in a relaxed, non-stressy sort of way, is not only how we will achieve long term weight-loss and health improvement, but also how we will nurture our children and grandchildren so that they have a healthy relationship with food from an early age.
With that in mind we have set some little guidelines for ourselves…
- A healthy outside starts from the inside.
- Food should be fun, not feared.
- We will ALWAYS keep things simple. We have children and we run a business. We are busy, and we know you are too.
- We will never, ever preach. You are grown-ups, and so are we.
- Eating well doesn’t necessarily mean eating less.
- It’s OK not to eat perfectly all the time (honest).
- We don’t do diets
- We always love your feedback
So, thank you soooo much for taking the time to read our blog! We’ll try and add new things each week but don’t hold us to it (see point 3, above 😉
Be good to yourselves – Love Emma & Gav xx