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Focus on Weight Loss vs Long Term Health

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Since moving to the UK in 2010 and working in fitness industry, by running bootcamps and personal training session, I have noticed a strong correlation between people wanting to get back to exercise and eating healthy for a weight loss reasons.

 

When they reach their goal OR they don’t get results they desire, they give up and go back to old habits. 

I have also noticed that it is always involved all or nothing approach, that is unsustainable. It is difficult for someone to change their body shape, weight, body fat, smaller dress size if their focus is based only on losing weight. 

Why? Because when they don’t see results as quick as they want to, mentally they go into self destructive mode and ruin not only their results they worked so hard, but also they go into low and depressive moods, feeling they are failure, they can’t get results, they will never look slim, fit and healthy. 

My opinion is if we would switch our focus from weight loss to long term health that our life will become easier and we would function so much better. We wouldn’t get depressed when our results wouldn’t come as quick as we want to, because we would focus on feeling well, doing regularly exercise that suits us, our needs, health, physical condition and also our lifestyle. 

If you have no time for your own health, your health and fitness will deteriorate anyway, you like it or not. 

Your body is designed to move. Your joints and muscles are desperate for moving in full range of motion daily. 

Eat well for your mental and physical health. 

If your bowels are not working properly, you need to change the way you eat. If you suffer from constipation, runny stool, suffering with bad back pain, having diagnosed diabetes 2, having high blood pressure. All those symptoms can be regulated with better nutrition and correct exercise.

Do you take medication for pain relief? Do you take anti depressants? Do you suffer with bloating, IBS and headaches? 

All those symptoms are a sign that what you are currently doing in your life, is not working for you and you have to change it as soon as possible. Because why would you be in pain? Life is not comfortable being unhealthy and unfit. 

When you look forward to go for a nice walk and when you know that your whole mind, soul and body will feel better afterwards. 

When you look forward to prepare yourself a meal that will fill you up and make you feel energised, rather then making you feel like your stomach is just about to explode. 

Focus on your long term health. 

Life is not a race. It is an amazing opportunity to live life to the full.

Eating a cake is not a sin. Grabbing take away once a week is totally fine. Drinking bottle of wine a week is a pleasure. Having a lay in at weekends is not going to affect your fitness. 

What is going to affect your health is having a cake every single day, eating every meal like it’s your last one few times a week, having a bottle of wine 3-4 times a week, working in the office, driving car to and back from work, sitting down on your bum all weekend and not moving is going to directly impact not just your health, but your life in general. It will make you depressed, heavy, guilty. 

Let’s stop it all right now and do the best chance to ourselves to be healthy and happy human beings. 

Are you going to change something about your routine? 🙂 

Adrijana  

Nutrition

Becoming A MNU Certified Nutritionist WON Me Money and Peace with My Own Self

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There is something wonderful about learning new things you’ve always been curious about. Nutrition has always been my struggle and enemy. I have never been able to find the balance, control and joy to eat food. I have been a binge expert since I can remember and bulimic when I became aware that I could not find a way to keep myself healthy and slim. That relationship continued throughout most of my life. 

But I was determined to become a nutritionist at some point in my life, because I was desperate for answers about WHY I was failing to get my urge to binge under control and why I felt ashamed every time I did it. 

Now I know. 

Finding Mac-Nutrition Uni/MNU, the only evidence based nutrition qualification, came at the perfect time when I needed answers and I needed peace in something that I knew would never change until I changed. The way I think and see food. 

The best thing I learnt about food in MNU is:

  • Physiology comes first when it comes about nutrition
  • Behaviour and habit change is what is going to give you life-long results
  • Avoiding food groups can affect relationships with food
  • Calorie deficit is the only thing that is going to help you lose weight

Since started MNU in April last year I have gained an incredible knowledge on how to find a BALANCE in life with the food and drinks I consume. There is no GUILT in any shape or form when it comes to nutrition. I am guilt free and I feel I am FREE from all the bulls**t I have ever told myself when I binged, had my head down in shame and every time I looked at the mirror. I am a FREE woman now!! 

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MNU has been truly the most liberating and amazing experience I’ve ever had, because it gave me answers to live a guilt free life. Is there anything better then that? 

The joy of graduating came through endless breakdowns, tears, sleepless nights and losing out on family weekends over 6 months to enable me to give all I have to learning…. 

I have met so many amazing students and I am 100% sure that our friendship is going to keep growing from conference to conference and I cannot thank the MNU team enough from how much they’ve changed my life. 

When going to our graduation ceremony 2 weeks ago, I never dreamt how it was all going to end…. Dreaming about that day when I collected my certificate that I worked so hard for…. I got the main prize from MNU Collective as the person who best promoted the MNU course throughout social media. The great thing about the prize was you get half the course money back, 1 year FREE Mentoring Lab (platform to support and educate fitness professionals and nutritionists), but for me it meant pride and a sign that I am visible. 

I am going to take this amazing prize as a proof that I can impact people’s lives to change for the better, I will make sure I teach them what MNU thought me: 

“There is a hope for everyone out there who is going through the toughest struggles and there is a balance. Ups + downs = balance.”

I cannot wait to show you how I will succeed on my journey and when I prove to you that I can do it, I will take you together with me on that ride! 

All my love, 

Adrijana