Change Your Mindset


This is the biggest challenge of all for most people when it comes to Diet and Nutrition.

A lot of people have growing close to food and have an emotional connect with it. People tend to eat junk when they are down/sad and they also tend to eat junk when they are happy and celebrating.

This would be the starting point for most…… Learn why you have an emotional connection and how you can deal with it and progress! It is not an addiction; you can deal with it and change it!

Sorry I went off on a bit of a tangent then… back to the purpose of this post, to discuss people’s mindset when it comes to Calories and Nutrition.

When ‘dieting’ people tend to concentrate too much on one thing……. CALORIES!

Yesterday a close friend (main goal – fat loss) was telling me how they had a great week with their diet, this was a typical day for them……

Breakfast – Bowl of Special K with 0% fat milk
Lunch – Tuna Sandwich with brown bread
Snack – Bottle of Zero coke and a packet of Quavers
Dinner – Tin of Heinz Chicken Soup and 1 brown bun

If you just look at that diet and thought ‘not bad’ then you are in the same position as alot of people aswell as my friend.

While this diet is low in calories there is VERY LITTLE nutrition!!! Not a diet I would recommend to anyone. The scary part is that he along with some of you reading this didn’t see anything wrong with it.

The problem was he had falling into the calories counting trap like most people. When selecting his meals all he ever concentrated on was eating foods low in calories.

Rather than having this mindset of making meals with low calories foods you really need to start thinking about eating foods which are nutritious and are going to give some benefits to your body.

1 Packet of original Quavers has only 88 calories – BUT no nutritional benefit at all!

1 Medium Banana has around 105 calories and I would recommend you eat this over a packet of Quavers any day as it packed with nutrition that your body can use to functional.

So next time your deciding on what to have for a meal think more about the nutrition value of the food rather than how many calories is in it.

Focus your diet around, Vegetables, particular leafy green vegetables (Kale, Spinach etc), Fruit (focus on different berries to start), Nuts (unsalted and uncoated), Seeds, Coconuts, Avocados, Grains (Quinoa, Cous Cous, Freekah etc), Lean Meat, Fish and Seafood. Start with this and learn as you go.

You could even include CHOCOLATE – add 20g of 85% Cocoa Chocolate into your diet 2/3 times per week. Many proven health benefits to adding cocoa to your diet. Something maybe for another blog post?

I know this post won’t change a lot of minds, BUT if it makes one person think twice or gives them a push to concentrate on nutritious foods and health rather than just low calorie foods then job done!

I will finish on this…….. One thing I can PROMISE you is that if your do change your mindset and concentrate more on nutrition you will feel awesome. You will have more energy, you will sleep better, your will perform better in the gym or at a sport and you will look better naked!! Which let’s be honest everyone would like that!

If you read this and really want to change, but don’t think there’s enough information in this post drop me a message at and I will be more than happy to help.

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—Chris ‘Nutrition’ Morris

P.S Who’s excited for our Personal Training Studio Opening? Hoping to be open 1st week in May but will keep you all informed!

author: Jordan Thursby

Owner and personal trainer at Clear Fitness.