People talk about things like chocolate or ice cream as if they were magical gifts from the Gods designed to lead us into temptation and dash our plans for healthy living. They are not magical. They are just another foodstuff amongst loads of others. They don’t have a supernatural hold over us.
Your body responds to these foodstuffs because repetitively, over time, we gave it the message that if you need these nutrients, then this is what you should be looking for. Like coffee for instance. If you tend to drink coffee throughout the day rather than water, then we’re teaching our body that coffee = water. So whenever your body is thirsty, you get a big picture of coffee in in your head.
Of course, by the time our body actually tells us we need fluid, our reserves are pretty low. If we had remembered to drink water though out the day BEFORE we were thirsty, or body would never need to send fragrant frothy pictures of cappuccinos into our heads in the first place.
Many people think that getting fit and following a diet means starting a war with their body. They imagine that their eating plan will say they should have lettuce for lunch, while their body tells them it needs a pie and a caramel latte. And then the war is on between your body and your good intentions, and will kick off again at dinner, and then again around snack time before bed.
Part of my job when preparing a diet plan for clients is conducting ‘peace talks.’ Your body isn’t craving the packet of chips. What it really wanted was a healthy serve of carbohydrates. Likewise, it doesn’t want the Tim Tams in the office kitchen, it just needed a lunchtime glucose boost. The message here is that a healthy eating plan which includes set eating times, will give your body the nutrients it needs before it turns them into cravings.
The key to the plan is the timing of meals. We want to predict what your body will need throughout the day and make sure it receives it BEFORE it gets hungry and dec...