In the initial talk, we always look at the baseline.
Where do you stand? What are your goals? How much time and money are you willing to spend to reach those goals?
Questions like these are very important for me to assess the client and to the client to know where he/she stands and he/she wants to go.
Too much info
When people get started with healthy habits in order to be more productive and have more energy, they are overwhelmed with the amount of information that’s out there.
“Eat like this, move like that, this is the best diet, meditate like this” etc. can quickly get you into information overload.
At bitehype, I believe that less is more, I can tell you a thousand things about eating vegetables, but that won’t do you any good, because you’re just interested in losing weight and having more energy.
So the first issue we need to tackle is:
Shut off your mind and trust the process.
A lot of clients always ask me stuff like: “But Fey, I’ve read that eating more than 20g broccoli per day increases water storage by 12.8%” (yes sometimes as ridiculous as this).
In the beginning I try to argue with all these weird facts, but I quickly reach a point where I just have to tell them, to shut their mind off and trust the process.
It’s not like they are wrong or I don’t want to listen to them, but it’s the thinking too much part, that messes with our good habits in this era.
In older times we didn’t have the luxury of thinking too much, but with the information overload around us, we can inform ourselves and read about anything we’d like to.
Paralysis by analysis in full effect! We have so much information around, that we don’t even know what and whom to trust!
Trust the process
Trusting the process was a very helpful tip that I learnt from Ramit Sethi, who has been teaching people about personal finance and business for years. People have all kinds of ridiculous questions and points that don’t apply to them.
Another example would be: You want to start selling your car tires but you ask questions like: “What if I sell 1 million tires and can’t fulfill the order?”. Is that really a relevant question at this stage? Shouldn’t your worry about selling the first 10 tires first?
With food and movement it’s the same: You shouldn’t worry about what supplement to take to increase your productivity by 5% if your eating junk food and don’t sleep well!
Start with the basics
I always tell my clients to start with the basics. That’s why I wrote about all the food you need in your kitchen right now, or how to structure your food routine. Also about the fact that you shouldn’t follow a diet, but should change your lifestyle.
I would hate this article to be not practical, so I want to go through different points if you’re starting out and want to live healthy and have more energy.
The three basics: Food, movement and sleep
- Discard any bad foods you have
- Buy healthy food on a weekly basis, once per week, details here
- Buy organic if you can
- Decide on one breakfast that you’ll eat every day for one week
That’s it, nothing more, nothing less.
If you’re wondering about the fourth point, it’s really simple: The reason why most people don’t have any success with their food habits is simple: They have to think too much. What should I eat? Does this have sugar? Can I eat gluten? All these questions paralyze you, but if you know that you’ll eat 3 eggs and 3 stripes of bacon every morning, you’ll be on your way towards your goals quicker than you can imagine.
- Move every day (walk to the office, etc)
- Do something for strength, something for mobility and something for endurance
- Rotate office desks to move around in the office
- Don’t forget to play
It’s really simple: Your body craves movement, but you just have to let it have it. Walk to the office once per week, take the stairs every day, play with your kid in the garden or workout at a gym a couple of times per week. That’s it.
- Sleep before 10pm, because nothing good ever happens after midnight
- Have an evening routine
- Put your phone in airplane mode 1-2 hours before going to sleep
- Try to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night
Sleep is very underrated and we feel like we can catch up on sleep later on, but it’s more like it’ll catch up on us, once we try to cheat sleep. It’s important to have an evening routine and to sleep as much as your body needs to!
These are just the three pillars which can get you started with a healthy lifestyle, where you are more productive and have more energy throughout the day.
There are of course many other things you have to consider, but the important thing is to start simple and just trust the process.
You won’t be able to change all your bad habits (which you’ve trained throughout the years) in one day, so try to get small wins and go from there!
Start with the above three pillars and let me know how it goes!