Being a nutritionist at Lifesum means that you are able to help millions of people improve their lives. The motivation me and the other in-house nutritionist Frida share is that incredible feeling of seeing people crush all their goals and see how eyes are opened to all the benefits of living a healthier life. Seeing people make it, realize new things about themselves and about the environment around them. New foods and new types of exercise. It’s exciting to be there and support people until they reach the point where they realise they don’t want to go back to their previous habits.
As a nutritionist I’ve seen a pattern. Getting started has a lot to do with curiosity and asking questions about yourself.
– Crossfit, sounds horrible, but maybe I should try it?
– Is it really that hard to go sugar free for a few weeks?
– Maybe I’d get more energy if I exercised in the morning like people say?
– What if I could do something about this bloated stomach of mine?
– Maybe green smoothies taste better than they look?
– I’ve never liked zucchini but maybe there’s another way to cook it that taste better?
– Is low-carb for me?
– How does it feel to go gluten free?
– Keep going until you find your own combination of healthy habits.
Our copywriter Femi is an excellent example of this. You’ve read about her here & here. She’s constantly trying new things. She’s curious. I don’t want to jinx it but it’s fair to say that she’s close to the other side, if not there already. And it didn’t take long.
Once on the other side you can still choose to go back, but most people don’t. Most people that manage to cross the dreaded threshold to healthier habits keep craving the clean food and how it makes them feel. Most people can’t get enough of the feeling after they’ve completed a tough exercise.
Very soon, the advantages will outperform the disadvantages.
Curiosity is very powerful when it comes to trying new foods as well. The guy that I’ve chosen to spend my days with, a.k.a the boyfriend always does the same thing with the new superfoods I insist to make at home. This face of disgust before he’s even tried it, as if he’s prepared for a disaster. And well, at first he’s not converted to the other side but I’ve counted, it takes about 7 times before he’s the one suggesting “Should we have chia pudding for breakfast tomorrow?”. Then it goes, same thing over and over. Avocado, olive oil, peanut butter, chia seeds, celery, arugula, pretty much everything that is new to him and this is such a common behavior. This is what warms a nutritionist’s heart.
“It’s an incredible feeling to see people get over to the other side. And it’s what makes us do what we do.”
All it takes is 21 days to form a habit and as my very unscientific observations tells me it takes 7 times to try a new food before you really like it. Be curious, count yourself, prove me wrong or try something else that is new to you:
– At least one healthy meal each day
– A quick tabata session during lunch
– 3 morning walks a week
– Edamame beans with soy as a snack
– Fresh raspberries instead of candy
– Sugar free chocolate cake
– Think veggies first: Fill your plate with them first and eat them first
– Write down your daily health goals every morning
– Skip the processed carbs
– Use almond flour instead of wheat flour while baking
– Play tennis
– Zucchini noodles instead of regular pasta
– Go kayaking
– Spicy kale chips
– Plan out all dinners for a week
/ Lovisa, Nutritionist at Lifesum
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