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By Jennie Delbridge, Peak of Wellbeing

We have all tried many different diets in the past. Note the word ‘many,’ a sign that diets don’t work. The word diet implies that you will be eating a certain way for a certain period of time. It’s unlikely you will keep this up for the rest of your life.

Why is that?

1.    Maybe the diet is too extreme and adds to your already stressful life?
2.    Maybe it isn’t personalized to you and your unique requirements i.e. not enough food or not enough of certain kinds of foods?
3.    Maybe you have tried to do too much too soon?
 
Diets do not work, you have to change your lifestyle and habits to achieve sustainable wight loss.

When coaching my clients, we focus on 3 or 4 Action points at one time. This prevents a feeling of being overwhelmed. Far better to set goals you can achieve, than ones you can’t. Setting unrealistic goals with unrealistic time frames leads to disappointment, feelings of inadequacy and failure. Not the best way to lose weight or achieve wellbeing!
 
After reviewing a detailed case history and putting an Action Plan together for my clients, I ask them to choose the 3 easiest action points. The ones they could do standing on their head! Human nature often leads us to think we should choose the hardest things to prove we are worthy. Why?! Let’s change that and set ourselves up for success, not failure.

3 action points per month or bi-weekly, depending on how much you can take on board, becomes a lot of action points and a HUGE lifestyle change in 3-6 months. Try to think long term.

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3 Easy Action Points

Here are 3 of the easiest Action Points my clients often choose to achieve better health/mood and change body shape:
 
1. Drink filtered water daily according to your requirements.
Your body can help you to find its natural weight when it is well hydrated.
 
2. ‘Me’ Time. Choose something you love to do and do it for 30 minutes or 1 hour per week.
Clients have chosen painting, jogging, skiing, furniture making, cookery courses and the list goes on. Finding time for you, reduces the stress load on your body, aiding a healthy lifestyle and weight loss.
 
3. Switch to Organic or Bio.
Organic/Bio foods do not contain toxins, hormones, chemicals or pesticides. This means the body has less to process, thus it can focus on ‘cleaning house,’ essential to weight loss.

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I  work with clients who have extremely busy lifestyles. Sometimes it is best for them to stick to 1 Action Point per month i.e. focus on achieving the daily water intake by month 1.

This is great! In 6 months, there will be 6 actions points and so on. We are on this planet a long time, so does it really matter how long it takes us to get there? Far better to take baby steps you can stick to, than take on board hundreds of things you will ditch in 2 months because it got too much!
 
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step – Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu.

Images by: lockstockb, Peak of Wellbeing, Andreas

Author's bio

jennie-delbridge-peak-of-wellbeing webJennie Delbridge is one of the co founders of Peak Of Wellbeing.

She has been working professionally in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years as a Personal Trainer and Class Instructor, before she discovered Functional Medicine and the CHEK Institute.

As a CHEK Practitioner and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, she is able to identify the underlying problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. The key is to look at the body as a whole, focusing on seven simple Foundation Factors:


1    Eating
2    Breathing
3    Sleeping
4    Corrective Exercise for the Individual
5    Hydration
6    Stress Reduction
7    Thinking Patterns

She is passionate about helping others to achieve peak health and wellbeing and fulfill their own personal and professional goals.

Jennie works on a one to one basis and runs workshops, talks and seminars throughout Europe, including the UK.