This Wednesday I was invited down to Soho Radio to talk resolutions, habits and health and was joined by Dana of Arganic & London Health Week and Matt Chatfield, who supplies the best cornish produce to top restaurants in London. It was great fun to be involved, I'm sure I could talk for hours on this subject
Here is the archive link for the show
Resolutions should be focused and very small changes, and be something that you WANT to do not SHOULD do - see my post on this here
Setting goals – What do you want to achieve, and what is standing in the way of you getting that? Give yourself that pull to resolve it, you shouldn’t push yourself. Naturally you’ll resist. Start NOW, don’t give yourself an excuse why you should leave it until tomorrow, next month or next year, a small habit is easy enough to start without it being a major burden on your day. I don't think I can say it better than Seneca can:
Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately - Seneca
Sleep - probably the most vital, but forgotten, component to good health. A good diet will not compensate for bad sleep habits - see more here
Breakfast - Start the day with coffee blended with butter and coconut oil. I have a video on the preparation here, and a breakdown of personal studies I did to evaluate it's affect on my mental performance. If you can't face this, eggs and avocado in the morning are packed with good fats that keep you fulfilled for longer
Sugar - It can negatively effect your concentration and long term health, more here
Meat - Chase quality not quantity, good meat in butchers may be more expensive, but it has a better nutritional profile and has another level of flavour than what you can find in supermarkets. It isn't necessary to eat with every meal, maybe save it for dinner and have a veg focused lunch. This way good quality meat becomes more economical. Another article of the benefits of meat here
1. Sleep at least 8 hours a day. If you are far from this, start with something that will help you get to sleep quicker eg. No coffee after 2pm
2. One glass of water first thing after you wake up. Set yourself up for success and have it by your bed
3. Eat more veg & fruit. With an emphasis on vegetables, the science backs this up. The more veg you eat, the better you will be and feel
4. Learn to cook. Start simple, it's harder than the tv chefs make it look.
5. Cut down the amount of processed foods and deep fried foods – these not only affect your long term health but also your day to day performance
Diet cults - It's easy to follow a certain tribe with strict restrictions on what you can and can't eat. You need to be more stubborn on the goal you want than the chosen path to get there. If something doesn't work for you and you aren't seeing results, don't be afraid to change your mind and try something else. As Nietzsche said 'The snake that cannot shed it's skin has to die. A mind that ceases to change opinion ceases to be a mind'.
Stress - Diet is not worth stressing about. Stress will do more damage than any diet will. If you feel you are failing from a 'prescription diet', relax, maybe it's just too restrictive and is not working for you. There is no point being slim and smart if you are unhappy, look for the balance in life
London Health Week - Sign up for wristbands and access to some mega discounts and offers
Arganic - Not just a cosmetic oil, but also an edible oil, high in vitamin E, loved by Ottolenghi, and used in Mondern Pantry and the Ivy amoungst others. It is stocked in Selfridges & Planet Organic
Signe Johansen - Follow her on twitter for more sound wisdom. Great words on 'running the other way from celebrity fads'
Blacklock – Follow them on twitter. They open in Feb and will be doing all sorts of quality chops: pork, lamb, veal and beef.
Anything I have missed or want to know more about, please leave a comment, or contact me on twitter