– Article By Simone Ashton


Coffee.

I absolutely love it and could never cut it out.

No actually, not true.

I did try to cut it out once, and only because I had severe adrenal fatigue and needed to do something urgently.

Because at that point in my life I was consuming wayyyy too much of it.

3 a day in fact.

Double shots.

Yeah, not good.

So, I cut it out.

And well, that was extremely depressing.

Not in a “Oh I’m sad” kinda way, in a I-really-like-coffee-and-desperately-miss-that-rich-smell-of-freshly-ground-coffee-beans-and-grasping-my-warm-coffee-cup-on-a-crisp-North-Queensland-winter’s-day kinda way…

So instead I decided, of course I can have my coffee, I just need to stop abusing it.

So I settled for one single shot a day instead.

I don’t have adrenal fatigue anymore, and I’m happy, so it’s a win win.

Which brings me to my point.

There’s a lot of what I guess you could call “mistakes” people make when they’re trying to lose weight or improve their health…

And before I go any further, I just wanna clarify that mistakes are GOOD and nothing and nobody is, or ever will be perfect.


You have to make mistakes to move forward and grow as a person.
They’re inevitable, because after all, we’re human.Mistakes are kinda like a pre-requisite for achieving success in life.
But one of the biggest (and most unnecessary) mistakes I see people make when it comes to improving their health and losing weight is this…
They focus all of their energy on completely taking things out like coffee, sugar, fats or carbs for example.
 
This is what is known as a dieting mentality.
 
And for those of you who do do this to lose weight, it’s this exact mentality that has had you in a destructive dieting cycle for years, maybe even decades…
 
If anything, what you should focus on is ADDING in.
 
– Adding in, more fruit and veggies.
 
– Adding in, more water.
 
– Adding in more complex carbs (yes, you DO need them – contrary to popular keto-for-life-low-carb-bru-ha-ha bullshit beliefs)
 
When you focus on ADDING in instead of TAKING out, you’ll gain much more value, more health, and more weight loss LONGTERM as a by product of the aforementioned…
 
When you eat a balance and complete diet you’ll be much less likely to crave sweets all of the time.
 
You’ll have more energy.
 
You’ll just generally feel better too.
 
AND yay bonus, you’ll be able to MAINTAIN this as it’s not so damn restrictive, regimented and depriving – in other words, SOUL DESTROYING.
 
Sure, go ahead and reduce your coffee, sugar and alcohol intake.
 
But by cutting it out, you’ve completely missed the point.
 
So ask yourself, what can you add in to give you better health?
 
Cue the stats here – Did you know that 75% of women are not meeting the required 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of veggies per day?SEVENTY FIVE PERCENT.
 
Yep, that probably means you.
 
When Mumma told you to eat your veggies, she was right, you should have listened to her.
 
Because this one little key factor is absolutely PARAMOUNT to having good health and losing weight…
 
Better late than never though, good news is you can always start now 😉
 
Also, another fun little stat, majority of people don’t drink near enough water, so that’s another great and easy thing to start ADDING IN too.
 
What else can you start adding in to create more energy and better health I hear you ask?
 
Well you can start by switching your thinking from “I have to cut XYZ out” to “I need to start adding XYZ in”.
 
This is really where long term weight loss success begins.
 
You’ll create a better balance and better health without all of the judgments and bullshit associations with food that diets create…
 
When you focus on cutting things out you really do set yourself up for failure.
 
You’ll gain a lot more, by focusing on adding things in rather than cutting things out.
 

So from today – look at what you can ADD in.

What can you start doing right now to add in something in instead of cutting something out?

Leave a comment below and let me know

Sim x

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Simone Ashton
Simone Ashton

Simone Ashton is a Coach & Senior Nutritionist of Absolute Health & Fitness. She is dedicated to helping women break free of the vicious dieting cycle so that they can live a happy, healthy, balanced and confident life. Her greatest achievement is her twins Eli and Indi and she shares her passion for all things nutrition, training, family, food, footy, travel and cultural experiences with her husband Clint. Together they have built AHF from the ground up to be the go to for women over 40 who are desperate for life long change and are sick and tired of being stuck in the yo-yo dieting cycle. She loves music, being free and knows happiness comes from within and to be happy you must do what feeds your soul, so that you can live your best life! Simone knows that living a healthy but balanced life is one of the keys to success and loves spending her spare time with family whilst enjoying espresso martinis, wine, chocolate and all things Italian.

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