For the last 50 or 60 years we've been fed the idea that quantity is key. Eat too much food and you get fat. Don't exercise enough and you get fat. Eat less and exercise more to get healthy. Does it work? Well, have a look around for yourself and you'll see the effect of this conventional wisdom. Obesity, heart disease, stroke and diabetes are all bigger killers now than ever before. More and more people take up calorie restricted diets that focus on quantity of food, yet a few years later they are their original weight. More and more pound the treadmill in hope of getting healthy. The answer is pretty obvious isn't it!?!?! Focusing on quantity doesn't work for the majority of people.
Quality, on the other hand, will make a difference. If you focus on the quality of what you're fuelling your body with. If you focus on the quality of your movement, sleep and 'play time' then you'll see a difference. We've compiled our best advice for getting quality ingredients in your life so you can stop worrying about quantity! Shift your focus (with a little guidance if needed) and you'll see the difference soon enough.
Nutrition - ditch your mass produced, over processed, low fat, no added sugar (but plenty of other additives) food and buy some real food. Stop buying your food at a super market and just go to a normal market. One where farmers sell their locally grown and cared for meat and veg. Aim for grass fed, organic meat. Get organic veg grown on farms that still practise crop rotation. You'll taste and feel the difference. Without the additives and processed chemicals in there, along with the lack of sugar, you'll be eating food your body was designed to!
Movement - you don't need to hit the gym every day to get healthy. We would recommend 3 times a week (for most people) but again, the important thing is getting the exercise right. Don't spend hours on the treadmill. Pick up some weights and throw them around in a safe and controlled manner. Do the occasional short distance, high intensity sprint. Spend a little time working on your flexibility, balance and joint care too. It doesn't have to take long to work.
Sleep - get whatever quantity works for you, but the quality of that sleep is oh so important. Your brain and body are doing some wonderous things while you're sleeping. Different parts of the sleep cycle are for different things - repair, reconciliation, memory - and missing out on one can have big impacts. If you have interrupted sleep then you'll not complete you cycles properly. Turn your phone off, stay away from TVs and computers before you go to bed and don't eat too close to bed time. This will all help your sleep quality.
Play - make sure to allow yourself time to get some quality play time in your life. Do whatever it is you enjoy doing and do it with whomever you enjoy doing it with. Forget about the stresses of work or bills and allow yourself to be taken completely by your play activity. You'll feel better for it!
Give these things a go and see how you feel. These are quite generic guidelines and it can be a little tricky to navigate through some of the lower quality produce / exercise etc until you find the quality stuff. Send us a message if you get stuck.
Final thought - just remember that if you keep doing the same thing over and over again you're not going to get a different result. Change it up once in a while, take risks, allow yourself to make mistakes. Only then will you find what works for you.