A New Approach to Teach a Healthy Eating Diet
I was invited to participate in an industry panel at Premier Training London, last Friday, in order to give students a glimpse of what it’s like running my own personal training business. They keep inviting me back. They tell me it’s because I have an individual voice. I do believe it’s because I approach things differently.
Nowhere is this more obvious than when I was asked on panel, about the nutritional guidance I offer my clients.
My approach to nutrition is distinctive – an aspect that separates my personal training service from most others. Another panellist tackled the question first, saying he favoured an elimination diet, restricting his clients to a non-wheat, non-dairy, non-alcohol, non-caffeine diet.
My answer was different.
I explained that my approach to a client’s nutritional diet does not revolve around completing food diaries or inflexible rules, but rather a single question: ‘how organised are you prepared to be about food?’ I know that in order to make a health-conscious diet effective, it needs to suit the client’s personality. It’s no good telling a fish-loathing, broccoli-hating, cappuccino-loving dieter, that they need to eat fish, broccoli and sacrifice cappuccinos. I believe a health-conscious diet needs to fit comfortably with a client’s life and tastes.
This way of approaching nutrition – especially with a view to weight loss – is not industry-standard practice. But then, my clients are not industry-standard either.
After the panel, I stepped out onto the Seven Sisters Road. As I’m not often in that part of town, I took the opportunity to visit the local independent ‘Happening Bagel Bakery’ and enjoyed one of their excellent halloumi bagels guilt-free. Being individual is a wonderful thing.