How many of you have a really hard time saying NO to the foods that tempt you in the cupboard or fridge (or that a loved one is eating on the couch beside you?)
I want to have a chat with you about a widely misunderstood topic. Willpower - it’s such a large concept surrounding diet and fitness. People believe they either have it or they don’t. And if they don’t have it, then their lack of willpower is their reason for not sticking with their plan for healthy eating and exercise.
Too often I hear people say “I don’t have enough willpower to say no to pizza or chips or the baked goods being passed around at the office."
I’m a big advocate towards making more of a gradual switch to clean eating instead of dieting, as well as adding movement into your life in a way that works for you, however, willpower often gets in the way.
A big reason is the link between your blood sugar and your willpower.
We don’t often make the connection, and we think willpower is something that they’re either born with or not. I know I did!
There’s actually much more to it than that.
If you’ve listened to any of my videos or read any of my posts, you’ll know that I talk about blood sugar a lot, and I’ve shared a lot of information about it.
The reason for this is because unstable blood sugar is lurking behind a lot of our health issues, including our ability to make better choices for our health and for weight loss.
Research has proven that willpower is actually related to our blood sugar levels and stresses the importance of keeping blood sugar levels stable in order to boost our willpower.
Despite what you have been told, cravings for carbs like sweets, bread and pasta are NOT normal and they could be a symptom of blood sugar imbalances. When you crave carbs it means that your blood sugar levels have dropped.
The truth is, if you team willpower up against blood sugar issues, the willpower loses every time because your will is no match for your hormones and physiology.
The only way to stop a craving is to prevent it from happening, something that is easier to do than you might think!
If you want to give your willpower a helping hand and get a jump start on balancing your blood sugar, sign up for my FREE 5-DAY SUGAR-FREE CHALLENGE, where you will receive easy and practical steps that will help balance your blood sugar and hormones, which will boost your willpower and give you back the power over your food and exercise choices, helping you to lose weight and feel better about yourself.
Until next time,
May Anne xo
So many clients that I talk to feel that losing weight and healthy eating is an all-or-nothing thing, and when they think of dieting and healthy changes that equals restrictions and deprivations.
That they’ll no longer have the freedom to eat what they want, and they’re either on the wagon or off - that there’s no middle ground.
(Don't feel like reading, just watch the video above. It contains all the same information!)
And that if they do “cheat” and have some of the chips that the rest of the family is having while watching a movie in the evening, they’re full of guilt and mad at themselves and feel like they’re just not strong enough. This is exactly the way I used to think and was the way I viewed weight loss.
Diets equal deprivation. This is why I don’t like diets.
Diets are restrictive and they’re not sustainable. Nobody can live like that all the time. And once they’re off a diet the dieter can’t wait to get back to eating the food they enjoy so much. So, what other option is there for the person who wants to lose weight and not give up everything they love?
Well, what I’ve learned over the years, and what works for me is what I like to call it crowding out the bad with the good.
Let me explain.
When you add healthy food with balanced nutrients into your diet, something else has to go. There isn’t room for everything you’ve been eating up until now, plus the nutritious food you’re adding in. Little by little, keep adding in more whole, nutritious food with balanced nutrients until there isn’t a lot of room left for the bad stuff.
Eventually, you’ll start loving how good you look and feel, so much so, that you won’t want to revert back to your old eating habits. You won’t be forced to restrict yourself from those foods, you just won’t want to because you’ll realize how bad they make you feel once you realize how good you were meant to feel.
I don’t think anyone should live their life without treats, and that’s why I personally abide by the 90/10 rule, where at least 90% of the time, if not more, I make sure I’m eating whole, live foods as close to nature as possible, with a proper balance of nutrients so I have plenty of energy and I don’t get cravings, and then, the other 10% of the time isn’t such a big deal.
If I’m at a someone else’s house or out at a restaurant and there aren’t healthy options for me, or if I just feel like having something that’s not as good for me, it’s not a big deal. And I definitely won’t get upset with myself for it.
My body however, will likely remind me of it, because it’s used to feeling good from nutritious food and I like feeling that way, and it lets me know when I’ve eaten too much junk.
I talk to so many people who feel the way I used to feel, not being happy with how they look, feeling bloated, wishing their clothes fit them better, wishing that they had more energy so they could do more things with their families.
That’s why I created programs like the 14-Day Body Reset, so that others can have the tools that they need to reduce the bloating, feel comfortable in their clothes and look in the mirror with confidence again. For more information or to sign up, click HERE.
I’ll see you next time.
P.S. If you want to reduce the bloating, feel more comfortable in your clothes and look in the mirror with confidence again, check out my 14-Day Body Reset HERE.
When I work with clients in my programs, one of the first things we start with is a kitchen cleanout, and the reason we do this is to get rid of the foods that are not only harmful to your health but will tempt you and make it harder to lose weight.
We then focus on replacing them with foods that will nourish your health and bring you closer to your goals.
(If you don't feel like reading, just click PLAY on the video above. It contains the same information!)
It’s really important to understand that having the proper foods available, and removing the foods that get in the way of your goals, is essential for success.
Sugar is a huge one and anyone who’s been listening to me for any length of time knows this. Excess sugar gets stored as fat and it also causes our insulin receptors to become burned out, which can result in diabetes. Sugar also creates cravings for more sugar.
Something to remember as well is that refined grains turn into sugar in your body. These are things like bread, pasta, white rice…anything made with flour.
So remember that when you eat those things, they’re getting turned into sugar in your body and they’re getting stored as fat if you’re not burning them off right away.
If you take a look at your condiments like ketchup, mustard, stir-fry sauces and salad dressing, sugar is almost always in them.
A lot of times it’s disguised under names you don’t recognize, so it takes a bit of a detective work, but basically, if you’re buying your condiments from the regular aisles in the grocery store chances are, they contain hidden sources of sugar, sodium and unhealthy fat.
All of these make it harder to lose weight.
It’s important to start reading the ingredients on the labels. You want to look for a minimal amount of ingredients on the label. The less, the better.
You can always dress the food up when you get home. Avoid ingredients you can’t pronounce because they were probably made in a lab somewhere.
Buy more foods that don’t have labels, because what you see is what you get. Examples are fruits and vegetables.
Remember that just because something says it’s healthy on the label, doesn’t mean that it is.
Sugar could still be the first ingredient when companies make these boisterous claims. Once you get into the habit of reading labels, it will quickly become a habit and you’ll know what to look for.
Items that say low in fat, lite, low-calorie doesn’t make them healthy.
We want to avoid these.
These often have added sugar or flavour enhancers that cause weight gain. We need the fat anyways. It keeps us fuller longer.
I want to make it super easy for you to start reducing sugar in your diet, so you can get closer to your goals.
All you have to do is click HERE for my FREE 5-DAY SUGAR-FREE CHALLENGE, so you can be armed with the knowledge to reduce sugar from your diet, without giving up all sweets.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this video so feel free to post in the comments!
I’ll see you next time.
PS. Remember to grab my FREE 5-DAY SUGAR-FREE CHALLENGE, so you can start reducing the sugar in your diet and reducing your waistline!
May Anne Jordens-LaFlamme is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the owner of "Wellness with May Anne." She is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, so they can live a more fulfilling life - without dieting, deprivation, relying on willpower or cooking separate meals for the family.