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"Food Restriction = Food Rebellion" - Enjoy all foods everyday, including chocolate!

Updated: Mar 31, 2021


Georgina Dillon 11:11 AM (1 minute ago) to me

“Restriction = Rebellion" - if you stop yourself eating something, you are far more likely to binge on it so let’s stop focusing our mindset on “low fat recipes” and cutting out food groups and anything labelled as a 'treat'... Treats don't have to be for special occasions or 'cheat' days - you should be able to enjoy them whenever you want to as part of a balanced diet. We have all been taught to believe such crazy myths that now we think this kind of restrictive eating behaviour is normal… The true guiding compass when it comes to weight loss through nutrition is simple: everything in moderation. Anything in excess is bad for you - nuts, chocolate, lettuce, salmon... everything eaten in moderation isn't bad for us - so you can still enjoy chocolate, ice cream and takeaways. At the end of the day, if you eat 2000 calories of salmon or 2000 calories of chocolate...it’s still 2000 calories of energy - see where i'm coming from? Here are my top tips for enjoying all food groups and negating the need for 'cheat days' (which often just undo all your good anyway as you eat to excess) and instead enjoying everything, including chocolate everyday. 1️⃣ Portion control it! Only eat what your body needs. Have you ever rolled onto the sofa after a big bowl of pasta and thought "that was delicious but I ate too much", simple solution, scroll over for recommended portion sizes

2️⃣ Made a big curry or pie? Have it twice! Have two smaller portions over two days than one massive one. Then you don't feel as full AND you get to enjoy it a second time around - sounds silly, but honestly who wouldn't look forward to a carbonara two days in a row

3️⃣ Don't think that eating more of one type of food is better than another - for example there are 4 calories per gram of carbohydrates, there are also 4 calories per gram of protein, so 100g of potato or 100g of chicken - it's still 400 calories!

4️⃣ NEVER feel guilty for having a treat - A few chocolate buttons every night won’t make you put on weight, chocolate isn’t ‘fattening’, if eaten with a surplus calorie diet the calories will contribute to weight gain along with all the other calories you consume. Eating a bit each day will actually take away any sweet cravings

5️⃣ Don’t fall into the trap of, “oh well, I’ve ruined my week now, I may as well continue to be bad and keep eating” - you haven’t ruined anything, just be mindful. Don't think 'nut butter balls' or protein bars don't contain calories or are 'free calories' - let's face it if we think its 'healthier' we won’t just eat one. I'm not saying it's the same nutritionally as a chocolate bar, I'm just saying that it's not calorie exempt - so watch your intake and don't think nut butter balls are a lower calorie alternative to chocolate, they are still calories


6️⃣ Make your choices wisely - if you know you're going to have a take away on Friday night, maybe have lighter, smaller meals in the morning and at lunch, don't just give in that day and think 'cheat day'.

Now, one thing to make clear, I'm not telling you to go mad on a packet of chocolate buttons every night, but not allowing ourselves to eat certain foods (don’t get me started on carbs!), and eating buckets of nuts, avocados and salmon for every meal instead because they’re the “healthy option” isn't the answer… ‍♀️


Make your one golden rule… 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙤𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣. It will make your fitness journey so much easier. ‍


My clients are probably sick of me coining this phrase 'restriction = rebellion', but this is my mantra and what I believe in, so if you want a non-restrictive, balanced way to boost your health and fitness, get in touch for a free consultation and we can work together to get you feeling your most confident #begoodtoyourself


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