Hey, I'm back with the second part of my good-life blog. So in the first part I was speaking about my personal 3 pillars for living the good-life or begining to get the best out of life and becoming the best version of you!
To recap, they are Sleep, Diet and Hydration.
Honestly, if you tune into these 3 elements, you will notice a massive change in your life. Everything from how you feel physically and mentally to how you interact with people and how they respond and interact with you will be so much better. I'm sure alot of people will also feel that a change in their employment arrangements and finances would be crucial to their good-life rebirth, but the 3 things mentioned above are the easiest place to start, quickest to see results from and as I've mentioned previously are the foundations of the new you.
So in the first part of this blog I mainly focused on sleep and sleep quality. Here I'm going to talk about diet (food is one of my favourite things to talk about!).
A huge proportion of people out there have tried or are trying 'a diet'. How many of those people are getting the results they want? I'd suggest very few. In my opinion the problem is two-fold. Firstly, going on 'a diet' suggests that you will at some point come off the diet. The result of this being that you will feel miserable and deprived while on the diet and when you come off, over do it on the foods you were not allowed to eat and at best end up back where you started, or be in a worse position than when you began - the familiar yo-yo effect.
The second problem is the plethora of eating plans available. It just leads to information overload! You will know someone who knows someone who is in great shape from using a Keto diet. There will be someone else who says Atkins diet is the only way to go.
The truth is everybody is different and what may work really well for one person won't work for another. The first step for everybody should be to stop looking at any of these plans as 'diets' and start looking at them as lifestyles. This is not something that you will implement for a couple of weeks or a month, but for the rest of your life!
The easiest way to start is, again, not trying to focus on this diet or that meal plan, but make some broad changes to how and what you eat. There are some rules however, that are universal and work for absolutely everyone. Chief amoung these is, really starting to limit your intake of refined sugar. Sugar and sugary foods can directly be attributed to the body storing fat. And more concerning, there has recently been confirmation of a direct correlation between sugar consumption and diabetes.
Other foods to be banished from the kitchen immediately include, anything highly processed. Just have a quick scan of the ingredients list. As a rule of thumb, the less ingredients the better. For example, if you look at the back of a pack of oats, the ingredients list should just say 'oats' - nothing else.
I happened to pick up a pack of custard last week at my parents house and looked at the back out of curiosity and there was no eggs listed in the ingredients. Custard is made from eggs! Well its supposed to be anyway. There was however alot of other words that would be hard to pronounce if your not a chemical engineer! I'm not exactly saying you should be eating good quality custard ether, but it's an example of what is sold to us as 'food' and we put in our bodies.
Start your self improvment journey by going fresh and natural and you won't look back!
Thank you for reading, I hope you have found this piece valuable.
Once again, I am grateful.