Fad diets? No thank you
At St Helen’s Farm, we’re all about enjoying a healthy, balanced diet. Fad diets come and go with the changing seasons, but the pillars of healthy living have always been consistent. Nutritionist and fitness instructor, Jennifer Dawson, shares her tips with us to ensure you’re living your healthiest life.
Let go of the ‘restrict’ mentality
Whether you are a seasoned dieter or have dabbled in a few here and there, there is usually one common variable in all of them: restriction. With every new fad diet that comes out, there is a new group of foods that must be completely eliminated or heavily restricted, whether it be carbs, fats or even protein. Learn to let go of this mentality that is built to backfire and instead focus on unrestricted natural produce to create healthy and satisfying meals. Not only is buying local better for the environment, doing so also supports small businesses. Plus, you may find some new delicious products to add into your diet - like goats’ milk yogurt! As a result, these nutrient-dense foods will keep you feeling good and satisfied.
Say yes to movement
While what we put (and don’t put) into our bodies is the largest contributing factor to how we look and feel, physical activity is a close second. While certain fad diets may result in rapid weight loss, the process is not usually a healthy one and most dieters gain the weight right back. Diet-free healthy living, plus cardio, weight-lifting and HIIT are the perfect combination for a healthy lifestyle.
Track your progress
Results are not only scale-deep. While weighing yourself is of course one way to track your progress, the numbers can also be misleading as they don’t take into consideration gained muscle. Taking photos of yourself before you start your health journey and getting your measurements are two other reliable ways to document your progress. Another useful option is using a body fat calculator. Having all of these tools will help you stay motivated and give you inspiration when you need it the most to continue on your journey.
While fad diets may seem tempting from time to time, they are fads for a reason: they are not sustainable. Focusing on an abundance of natural produce, being physically active and making sure to document your progress make up the foundation for long-term healthy living.
For some naturally good inspiration, why not check out our recipes here?
Jennifer Dawson | @TwitterHandle | 01-09-18
"Fad diets come and go with the changing seasons, but the pillars of healthy living have always been consistent. "