YOU ARE WHAT
What is nutritional wellness to you?
Well that is the point isn’t it!
What you believe nutritional wellness to be, may not be ideal for someone else.
It is about the balance of what you want, what your body needs and the environmental and social factors that influence these decisions on a day to day basis.
It is about focusing on the challenges of mindset, the barriers that hold you back and the freedom that comes with success and transformation.
It is not just about an eating plan of yes, no and maybe. It is much much more than that. We all have some general knowledge of food that’s helpful for the body and food that is not.
So there has to be something that happens between the mental acknowledgement of what we are about to eat and then the actual eating. Poor habits and mindsets are easily formed but are difficult to break.
This is where nutritional coaching is so powerful. It taps into the behavior around eating rather than the eating itself.
How can I help?
SHIFT coaching offers all potential clients a no obligation 45 minute discovery session for us to connect with one another, learn about one another and explore the opportunity of working together towards your goals.
Nutritional coaching through Shift-Wellness
We at Shift-Wellness subscribe to a low-carb, wholesome living philosophy. We have done the research and spent a lot of time trying different approaches to nutritional wellness. Low carb, wholesome eating is where we have landed.
Low-carb means prioritising fats and proteins over carbohydrates. The only source of carbohydrates stem from non starchy vegetables and the occasional root vegetable. By making this adjustment to your diet, your body moves into a more efficient state of fat burning which has huge benefits to overall health and wellness.
Wholesome food is nutritional dense food in their purest form. Processed and commercial foods have been stripped of their nutritional benefits and don’t support the body in any way. Yes, I won’t deny the alluring taste combination of salt, sugar and carbs but that is where the story ends.
This toxic combination drives the mind into wanting more and more which exacerbates hunger cues and sugar cravings. This spirals you into a vicious circle of supply and demand without any nutritional support for your body and mind.
The 4 core components to your Low-Carb Lifestyle success
Fun Fun FUn
A diet should not be difficult, dull or hard. Yes, adaptation to a new eating regime is not without its challenges but it is important to maintain the fun and enjoyable element to boost motivation and sustainability. There is a whole world of recipes and meals to explore, develop and enjoy.
Adaptability & sustainability
This is a lifestyle change and not a diet. And it needs to work for you in your life and within your circumstances. Coaching will assist you in designing a system that is adaptable and specific to you within your constraints and lifestyle.
Nutritional wellness gives you so much more than a lifestyle, it is life health and longevity. You will be healthier, more resistant to illness and disease as well as decreasing your risk of metabolic disease and age related illnesses. Resistance to illness is of paramount importance!
One of the benefits to low carb and wholesome living is the effect it has on moods and emotions. By addressing the delicate balance of the brain and gut, you allow the body to regulate its hormones and stabilise moods and emotions.
The Myths & Benefits of Low-Carb diets
Over and over again, science has given us a reason why a low-carb lifestyle is one of, if not the best for us. We have debunked some of the myths and highlighted some of the benefits that you can expect by following a low-carb lifestyle…
Myth #1 – Short Term Solution
Actually low-carb diets are one of the most sustainable diets there are. As a low-carb diet has nutritionally dense and satisfying foods, you are neither hungry, nor craving unsavory foods.
Myth #2 – Mostly Water Weight
Yes, in the initial phase of adaptation as the glycogen stores start to decrease, there will be a loss of water. However, many studies have shown that the low-carb diet does in fact aid a reduction in body fat.
Myth #3 – Bad For Heart Health
There is a lot of noise about the relationship between cholesterol and low-carb diets. Research has shown over and over again that the low-carb diet improves good cholesterol and reduces bad cholesterol actually reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Myth #4 – Our Body & Brain Needs Carbs
Our brains and bodies function on both glucose and ketones. In fact, we are highly efficient in running off ketones which are produced when fat is metabolised. Fueling the body in this way has a multitude of benefits including heightened mental acuity and improved concentration.
Myth #5 – Ketones Are Dangerous
There are several forms of ketosis. Ketoacidosis which commonly effects people with Type 1 diabetes is life threatening. Nutritional ketosis is when the body is in a predominantly fat burning state and utilising ketones for energy. Ketosis is a healthy metabolic state to be in.
Myth #6 – Nutritionally incomplete
Eating an array of fresh vegetables and protein does in fact give you the necessary micronutrients and fibre. Low-carb is largely about eliminating processed foods and refined grains which have very little nutritional benefit.
Benefit #1 – Inflammation
With sugar & refined carbs , processed foods being the major trigger in inflammation, cutting out these inflammatory foods promotes gut health & assists us in healing faster, reducing joint pain and boosting natural immunity.
Benefit #2 – Physical Endurance
The body’s capacity of stored carbohydrates (glycogen) has a limited supply, harnessing glycogen stores can be time consuming. Low-carb supports metabolic flexibility which allows the body to fuel off both carbohydrates & fat during longer duration activities.
Benefit #3 – Weight & Hunger Control
By eating nutrient rich foods and natural products, the body stays fuller and satisfied for longer. This reduces the impulse to overeat and snack throughout the day
Benefit #4 – Assist in Brain Function
Ketones provide an efficient and stable fuel supply to the brain. Having this stability supports mental clarity, cognitive function and better memory.
Benefit #5 – Supports The Body In Illness
Low-carb nutrition has shown to support conditions such as Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Dementia, Epilepsy and ADHD just to a name a few.
Benefit #6 – Decrease Insulin & Blood Gluclose
Decreasing carbohydrates has a direct result in lowering blood sugar and insulin levels. This is very effective in the treatment of Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes.