The Feelgood Plan is a book written by health trainer Dalton Wong and health writer Kate Faithfull-Williams.
It makes no promises about losing “14lbs in 14 days”, instead it concentrates on taking just 15 minutes a day to do something for your body that makes you feel good. Sections include ‘Eat’, ‘Move’ and ‘Relax’. You can read the entire book (as I did, as I couldn’t put it down!) or read the first two chapters and turn to various relevant pages.
The book concentrates also on emotions as they matter, in their words, “because they’re what sabotage your intentions to exercise and eat well.”
I particularly like that you can gear this book around yourself, and the flow diagrams such as “How do you feel today” help you to achieve this and take any necessary relevant action.
I am currently trying to ditch a couple of bad habits myself and section 2 ‘Change Your Body With Your Mind” is very interesting as it covers the inner thoughts that go on in our minds when it comes to food, and reveals that when you are under pressure it is easy to grab a familiar treat, like sweets, crisps or chocolate, but these ultimately make us feel worse.
The good news is though that the plan doesn’t involve totally banishing treats, and if you eat well for 80% of the time, the 20% remaining can be used for treats!
I also particularly like the ‘Feels Bad’, ‘Feels Ok,’ ‘Feels Good’ sections, which cover the same food as each other but show the best type to eat. The book is also crammed full of useful tips.
There is a quiz which I also enjoyed and found riveting, “What kind of emotional eater are you”, which leads to more specific advice for your category egs/stress-eater, people-pleaser. This really opens your eyes to why you may have adapted certain habits in the first place.
There is also a big section on exercise, which although I personally haven’t tried (because I already train at least 3 times a week) do seem very sensible.
A 12 week plan starts in section 5 of the book based on the tips, information and suggestions of the previous four chapters. You set your goal and record your measurements.
In Week One you try to tweak your food to make it healthier, schedule short workouts and keep a sleep diary.
By Week Twelve you should be right at the top of your feelgood zone and the end of the book stresses that The Feelgood Plan is for life.
This book is a fascinating read and if the information is absorbed and acted on correctly, I can see that it will produce very positive results.