Common Difficulties You’ll Likely Face When Changing Diets And What To Do
Written by: Kavata Kithome
A transformation is an amazing time to reduce unhealthy cravings, lose weight and improve your health. It is a time to reset your palate by eating whole foods and fresh fruits and vegetables.
As a Certified Fitlife health coach, this is an exciting time for me and my client, as I get to help the client rediscover the wonder of juicing and transformation, as well as abandon all SAD (Standard American Diet) food that can lead to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and the list goes on and on.
While a transformation can be a wonderful time in your life, I will admit that it can also be challenging, scary and stressful, especially the first few days of a transformation process. There are many factors that can play into this, such as a busy lifestyle, stress, fatigue, irritation, emotional upsets and boredom.
Here are some of the things to look out for and some simple suggestions to help you weather through any difficulties you may experience in the initial stages of your transformation.
1. Emotional Connection To Food
Let’s face, we eat for many reasons! We eat when bored, stressed, anxious, worried, happy and excited and even just for the sheer act of eating. Often times you emotionally eat for the chemical reaction in the brain that gives you a momentary feeling of contentment and satisfaction.
A lot of foods in the SAD diet sedate your emotions, but these effects are very short-lived, which leads to overeating and eventually an addiction, causing a myriad of health problems and unwanted weight gain.
While the first few days of your transformation can be the toughest and often lead to frustration and cravings, they are a great time to learn how to cope with stress in a more productive and healthy way.
***During this time I encourage my clients to indulge in more sweet fruits and vegetables and additional servings of juices. I also suggest engaging in some kind of movement, reading an intriguing book and generally keeping busy to ward off boredom and frustration during the day.
2. Food Addictions
As you may know, the processed food industry is insidious in that it creates food with the sole purpose of being highly addictive. Yet these foods spike your blood sugar levels, which causes a crash shortly afterwards, which then stimulates your desire for eating more of this food.
***During your transformation, you may find yourself wanting to partake in just a small taste in that oreo cookie; remain strong. Remember that you made a commitment to yourself and you will break your addictions and come out on the other side addiction free.
To my clients, I suggest hacks like drinking lemon in water when feeling hungry and popping a few grapes, nuts, or olives (depending on the cravings throughout the day) to help keep them on the right track.
3. Your Body Forgets What It Needs
If you didn’t normally consume fresh fruits and vegetables, you may not crave them. The SAD diet normally disrupts your natural desire and cravings for whole foods, fruits and vegetables. This can make the first days of your transformation challenging.
***It is important to remember that while you may not readily want to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, by eating these foods, eventually your body will remember that it needs these foods and you won’t get stuck craving the wrong foods.
4. Energy And Convenience Food Pothole
Hey you over there, step away from the venting machine. Convenience package foods are fast and falsely cheap, which can be appealing to our busy lives. But these foods are low-nutrient, calorie-dense foods that leave you feeling fatigued, tired and lethargic. When you body is lethargic, it triggers your cravings, which puts you in a vicious cycle of eating junk to get sated and never really getting what your body needs.
***To help with this, I encourage all my clients to prep their food for the week. By taking a few hours once or twice a week to plan and prepare all your food, it helps keep you consistent and makes it easier to stay true to your program.
5. Not Hydrating
During their transformation, a lot of my clients do not drink enough water. Not drinking enough water is one of the leading causes of hunger. Remember, even a little dehydration can stimulate hunger pangs.
***During your transformation, it is important to drink a minimum of 80oz of water a day. Some of the hacks I give my clients are adding some variety to their hydration, like coconut water, tea, broth and even juice (but it is important to remember that juice should not be used as a substitute for hydration).
These tips are just the tip of the iceberg of what a health coach can guide you through during your transformation. Do you have any other suggestions? Are you interested in coaching? Leave us a comment below.
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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