A healthier you today - three simple steps to get started
Monday, 22 August 2016
Jaina Mistry is a blind fitness coach and inspirational speaker. She knows only too well how difficult it is to eat the right foods and stay fit when you've got low vision, so she's shared her most simple tips to help you kickstart a more healthy lifestyle.
I have corneal scarring and dry eye. I lost my eye sight 14 years ago following a life-threatening allergic reaction to penicillin. I was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition called Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) which only affects one in every three million people.
My fitness journey began five years ago after I experienced a serious lung collapse. This frightening event empowered me to take personal responsibility for my health. Overcoming many hurdles along the way including physical, mental and external barriers, has shaped me into the person I am today. I went from "total exercise virgin" to living and feeling healthier than ever.
I believe that everyone has access to better health and wellbeing, so I now share my knowledge to guide and teach others how to make empowering lifestyle choices to feel better, stronger and fitter!
When I coach clients the question I get asked the most is: “How can I eat healthier?” Every person has their own reason for wanting to eat better. Whether its health-related, weight loss or to simply live a balanced lifestyle, my easy-to-implement tips often help clients get out of overwhelm and into healthy eating action.
Can you relate to wanting to make healthier changes, yet not really knowing where to start? If so, read on...
1. Write it down
The simplest and easiest change is to be more aware of what you are putting into your mouth. You might be surprised by the quantity and quality of the food that you consume. Keep track of your eating habits with a food diary for one week.
Make sure you track everything: the first meal of the day, the last, and everything in between. Once you have this information, you will be well placed to make healthier choices going forward. Set specific and achievable goals about things that you want to add or eliminate from your diet. If you need help, get in touch with a nutrition expert who can help you tweak your diet.
2. Keep it real, not rubbish
Do you find yourself often reaching for packaged, processed foods? Processed foods contain little to no nutrition. They're full of refined sugars, saturated fats, salt... the "naughty" list goes on and on! Begin crowding packaged foods out of your diet by adding more wholesome options. For example, if you're used to that sugary breakfast cereal to jumpstart your day, replace it with wholemeal toast with peanut butter or greek yogurt with fresh fruit. Your mind and body will thank you!
3. Have a sweet tooth? No worries!
If you have a sweet tooth, I've got you covered. There are plenty of tasty alternatives that are good for you while delivering a pleasurable sweet kick. Consider using these healthy sweets in moderation:
natural sweeteners such as honey, stevia, maple syrup or agave nectar
dried fruits (e.g., dates, raisins, apricots)
The above tips are purposefully designed to be simple so that you can jumpstart your healthy eating right away. Let me know how they work for you, and if I can support you in any way.
Work with me
I currently have space in my coaching practice for anyone who is ready to change their mindset and make healthier choices. As a fitness coach, I support clients on a one-to-one basis nationally and internationally. I can help unlock any blocks that you might have around healthy eating. A client recently mentioned: "My biggest insight... is that my mindset has changed towards making healthier choices."
British Blind Sport help blind and partially sighted people to get active and play sports. The charity encourages adults and children to participate in activities at all levels, from grassroots to the Paralympic Games.
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