During the week I attended a debate with 6 of the leading nutrition experts in the country, see panel below. One of the learning’s I took away from this which was by the least qualified of the panel – the humble hippie nutritionist Lola Berry. Lola brought up that she has found the missing ingredient from most people’s food is not protein, carbs or fats, it’s the invisible ingredient – happiness.
If you are going to get anxious, stress out or regret what you’re about to eat – don’t eat it, don’t even put yourself in that situation.
This means don’t go to the pub if you’re going to feel like you’re missing out on fun when everyone else is drinking booze. Either go and have fun drinking water or don’t go at all.
The worst thing you can do is put yourself in a situation where you know you’re going to break, regret it the next day and then berate yourself and get depressed for the rest of the week.
This is the same with any treats consumed in excess such as biscuits or in my case ice cream. I don’t buy ice cream or any processed sweets because as a wise man once told me ‘Once you’ve bought it, you’ve already decided to eat it’.
I know myself and know that ice cream will be inhaled that Friday night no matter how strong my will power, so I simply choose not to buy it and occasionally enjoy ice cream when I go out.
To prevent ill-health, weight gain or feeling depressed work out your patterns of self-sabotage and then find practical yet still enjoyable ways to avoid them, as stressing yourself over a food or drink, which might not be that bad for you in the first place, will cause it to become bad due to your negative emotional state.
So enjoy your food and your treats without any guilt or stress and that will help you make better food choices and prevent the physical and emotional hangover.
The panel included Food blogger Sarah Wilson (IQS), Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos, Lola Berry, Dr Sue Shepherd (Developed the Low-FODMAPS diet), Professor Kerryn Phelps and author David Gillespie.