It’s your everyday regular and seemingly small and unimportant choices that shape your body and health as time passes.

Let’s take one thing as an example – refined white carbs like white bread, white pasta, and white rice (and of course sugar). None of these are remotely normal or healthy things to eat as they’ve had most of the natural nutrition stripped out of them. This leaves pretty much glucose i.e. calories, which triggers your body to produce shed loads of insulin, making you fat!

This sort of ‘food’ also increases your appetite way beyond what you actually need, making you eat more. Obviously this makes you fat too!

It’s too much of this type of food that is largely responsible for expanding waist lines and the absolute explosion in type 2 diabetes.

Eating a plateful of white pasta or having cake once or twice a week will do little harm if your other choices are made with the health of your body in mind. However, if every single day you make the choice to eat refined white carbs, then over time that gradually adds up to shitty health and most likely a weight problem too.

If you’ve read Living the Slim Life (where I go into detail about nutrition), you’ll know I don’t advocate being ‘perfect’ with what you eat the whole time. I’m certainly not. However I do suggest getting it right about 80% of the time, because that’s about enough to lose weight if you need to, and to stay healthy while still enjoying your food.

Do you eat white refined carbs on a daily basis?

How easy would it be to make a different choice and eat something real instead, knowing that that by doing so you’re nurturing your body and doing something to help shed those excess pounds?

I had an email from a reader of Living the Slim Life and he said that he got into the habit of asking himself this question when he was putting things into his shopping basket:

“Is this going to help me or hurt me?”

Pretty much 9 times out of 10 he’d put the ‘crap’ back on the shelf and choose something different. And guess what – he lost weight! And that’s because his seemingly small and unimportant everyday choices shifted him to a different trajectory in regards his health and weight.

Getting healthier doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing. But it is about knowing what you want for your future, and it’s about knowing what your food choices are doing to your body, and choosing to nurture yourself 8 times out of 10, allowing you to relax sometimes and enjoy treats if you want to.

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Drop me a line if you’ve got any questions about this.

Have a fabulous week.

Dr Julie