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“can we go to the park, Daddy?”

I must admit,

It’s been quite sad this past week when my daughter asks if we can go to the park…

And we explain there are some poorly people 

but we can go soon…

She’s just about to around to knowing “why” now…

Of course, being a 3 year old, “tomorrow”, “later” and “another day”

Aren’t words that are easy to understand.

Maybe she’s suspicious it’s an April Fools? 😉 

It’s a bit like trying to tell a toddler they can’t have that ‘food’ or play with [insert toy] now but maybe tomorrow…

They just want it. NOW. 

Why do you think that is? 

Well, their Pre-Frontal Cortex (which is a part of the that allows them to think more long term) doesn’t develop until they are about 5-7yrs old. 

Your Pre-Frontal Cortex (the front part of your brain) is where your willpower comes from. Its where your motivation comes from. 

Why am I sharing this ?

Well, I’ve been getting questions about snacking and comfort eating.

I even did a video on this on my Facebook Page here:

…it turns out scientists have figured out that STRESS and TIREDNESS in and of itself literally TURNS OFF your pre-frontal cortex.

And who doesn’t have a poor nights sleep?

Feel a bit stressed from time to time?

Think about that for a second. 

This means the more stressed and more tired you are the more impulsive you’ll behave

 therefore making it HARDER to stay on track and make better decisions 

Be it with snacking, work or even your motivation to  exercise

This might sound like a no-win situation but it’s actually good news 

because the REAL problem is not that you lack willpower, its that you’re probably more tired and stressed than you realise. 

Have kids? 

Worried about situation?

Have a stressful job? 

Need multiple coffee’s to get going in the morning? 

All of these and more a literally just symptoms of the real reason why you over eat/make poor food choices when you know you shouldn’t. 

If it wasn’t clear enough yet.. ..

the real reason you eat emotionally, over indulge or make poor choices is because you’re tired, stressed or both. You may not even realise it.

In fact, you may feel it’s your new “normal”?

So what can you do?

1-Meditation (which is literally sitting and doing nothing) reverses ALL of that.

It’s why we have Caroline from Calm Quiet Space doing meditations a week with us in our 28 Day Home Kickstart Programme – Message  me if you want the details by the way)

In 2017 a team of researchers looked at all the research on diets, exercise and meditation in relation to weight loss and what they found was startling. 

They noticed a trend that diets + exercise alone led to short term weight loss but in the long term, people tended to gain back the weight. 

Whereas programs that included a diet + exercise + meditation not only led to short term weight loss but people also kept the weight off long term. 

Meditation can be as simple as deep breathing. Having a coffee on your own.

Or even waking up and taking 10 deep breaths in before starting your day.

Taking time for YOU

As without you?

What happens?

Who else is impacted?

2-Exercise – 

Exercise can be the domino in the equation of ‘feeling good’

Endorphins released..

We feel better

Eat better

Gain confidence that we can do this..

Prove others wrong

Clothes feel a bit looser

Arms start feeling more toned..

Less breathless climbing stairs

More stamina to handle life…

In fact,

Some of the ladies have done more exercise in these last few weeks of lockdown than they have before.

One of the ladies mentioning that:

“It’s the break in my day that I need to have some “me” time and I always feel better after”.

If you’re looking for somewhere to start? 

Check out a workout I did here:

3. Get the nutrients your body needs-

It’s true..

If your body is lacking in protein and fibre 

This makes snacky foods 

Even more desirable l…

Throw on top the bit about tiredness and willpower?

And it’s no wonder it’s hard..

So hit your protein intake, increase fibre 

And change your environment- keep snacks away rather than out on the side 

And have fruits and veggies handy and easy to grab

^^^ make them convenience foods

Matt “not going to the park yet” Fruci