Today’s guest blogger is nutritionist: Hannah Bailey of Wise Choice Nutrition in Sheffield. Hannah shares a day in her ‘food life’ and some of her tips and advice.
We are getting fatter
Hi! I’m Hannah. Owner of Wise Choice Nutrition and masters student studying Personalised Nutrition to become a nutritional therapist. I absolutely love what I do and could never imagine doing anything different.
Food is such a complicated thing and we are a nation getting fatter and sicker every day. I truly believe it’s because of poor advice and the addiction to junk food fuelled by the fact it’s everywhere!
Change your relationship with food
The misconceptions around food, health, nutrition and exercise are massive so a lot of my time is spent helping people change these and understand what works for them. I’m also passionate about helping people change their relationship with food. It’s something I’ve struggled with and personally know how hard it can be.
Unlike drinking or smoking, food is essential to life so not something you can cut out as easily. It’s also all around us and constantly advertised by the media.
Focus on the good
One of the things that is important to remember is what you have achieved. It’s very easy to focus on all the things you’ve eaten or drunk that you feel you shouldn’t have but shift your focus to what you have done that’s healthy.
I also recommend picking one thing you can do every day with little effort. Mine is always drinking plenty of water. By focusing on what you have done that’s positive, you start to change what your brain focuses on.
I base my meals on protein
I base my meals on protein as much as I can, I always try to have a healthy breakfast usually egg based to start the day well. A healthy, high protein breakfast keeps me going until lunch where I often have leftovers, salad or soup depending on the time of year and where I’m working from.
I try to avoid sandwiches and the popular meal days in shops because sandwiches, crisps and chocolate is not a filling heathy lunch.
If you get a mid afternoon slump, try changing your lunch to something high protein. Taking my own lunch to work also saves a fortune and means you know exactly what’s gone in to it.
I try not to snack between lunch and dinner but if I’m working late then I need something! On a good day it might be nuts, avocado, veg sticks and houmous, oatcakes, piece of fruit etc.
Dinner is normally a low carb meal but some days the carbs get the better of me! I go to martial arts so nights I’m training definitely need to be healthy if I’m eating before I train otherwise I notice a big difference in energy.
If I have carbs I try to make it a little bit of brown rice or sweet potato rather than pasta, white potato or chips etc.
Stop beating yourself up!
My biggest piece of advice is to stop beating yourself up! If you don’t know where to start in changing your lifestyle, pick one thing that feels manageable and do it for a week before adding in something else. YYou don’t need to change everything all at once for there to be health benefits. Just drinking more water, less caffeine and eating more veg can have a noticeable impact on how you feel. Set your goals and then take action each day towards them.
If you would like to know more, you can visit my website at or call Hannah on 07912 556470 to find out more.
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