Moving Forward from Orientation Week

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What to eat?

Put simply, losing weight is about adopting healthy eating habits that last for life. Our article about What’s in a healthy diet might help you think about the types of food you should be eating and what to avoid. There are also NHS reviewed diets in the references section.

But we don’t want to prescribe a particular regime. Not even the experts agree on that. The NHS recommended low calorie diet may seem sensible, but some believe it’s not as simple as that, as there can be “good” and “bad” calories. Equally there’s debate about how much we should restrict fat, carbs and sugar, with many arguing it’s sugar, not fat that is causing the current obesity epidemic. We’re also all genetically unique and respond to foods differently. A DNA test could tell you more about how you process food types. Visit

So rather than focus what you eat, we’ve put together these tips about how to eat, that might help kick start your weight loss journey whatever approach you choose.

Lifestyle changes to lose weight

These tips are not intended for people following specific diets based on medical advice, religious teachings or personal preference. They are also not intended for those with particular needs such as pregnant women.

1. Set a weight loss target.

When starting new habits it’s best to set targets so you have something to aim for. In fact a Harvard business school study showed people who set goals are 10 x more likely to succeed. Start with the goal of losing 2% of your bodyweight in 2-4 weeks. Then when you get there, set a new goal. While that may not seem much, those wins will help shift the dial. For example, if you’re 5 foot 8 inches and 12 stone, losing 2 percent of your overall weight could move you from an overweight to healthy BMI range.

2. Eat within a 12 hour window.

Having an “eating window” allows your body to have a break from digesting and focus on a housekeeping process called “autophagy” where old and worn out cells are broken down and eliminated from the body. This form of intermittent fasting has been shown to have many health benefits including a positive impact on blood sugar and weight loss. It’s simple to apply no matter what your schedule: For example, if you finish your evening meal by 8pm you would start breakfast the next day no earlier than 8am.  If you’re on shift work, your window might be 8pm to 8am. A more advanced form of this is eating your daily food intake within 8 hours with 16 hours fasting but this is not suitable for everyone, for example if you’re under 18. If in doubt seek advice from your GP first.

It may be helpful to finish eating 3 hours before bed and only drink water afterwards. As well as helping to eliminate those (usually unhealthy) post dinner snacks, it might even help you to sleep better.

3. Don’t skip breakfast.

In the UK we tend to eat the majority of our calories in the second half of the day and many of us skip breakfast, but there is evidence to suggest that some humans use calories more efficiently in the morning. For example, an Israeli study on overweight and obese women gave two different groups the same amount of calories, but at different times of the day. While both groups lost weight, the morning focused group had lost an average of twice as much.

It’s important to remember that everyone is different and one size doesn’t fit all. It won’t do you any harm to try adding a protein rich breakfast to your routine and see if it changes things. Adding protein to your breakfast has been shown to help keep you feeling fuller for longer. Protein rich breakfast ideas include eggs, adding nuts and seeds to cereals, making porridge with milk not water, dairy products or even the leftovers from last night’s meal.

9 thoughts on “Moving Forward from Orientation Week

  1. Thank you so much for including my reflection on this post and in the email that went out. The conversation so far within the blogs and on in the Google+ community has been more challenging and engaging than any other for me in the last 3 years. And that was just the introduction week. Can’t wait to see what happens when we all dig in to the content as well.

    • There was on line in particular in your article Rodd that struck a note with me “Many said that when they did come across something they found interesting or amusing, nine times out of 10 they just wanted to keep it to themselves.”

      I’ll have to get my thoughts together and blog in more depth about this but my experience as a teacher, tech coordinator and administrator tells me teachers (by their very nature) often keep things to themselves. This has been an age old challenge as teachers often worked alone in their silos, maybe the only teacher at their grade level, no internet, no social media, PD was an event (until we meet again) and the list goes on. What does this foster “isolation”. The second reason is teachers grow tired of sharing when it’s a one way street. We all know them, the ones who are always looking for something or want something from us but seldom reciprocate.

      Now we are overwhelming educators with information and maybe, just maybe some are dealing with all the proliferation by withdrawing back to just leave me alone and leave me alone. This unfortunately will set us back even further than before and undo the tremendous potential which lies in an undertaking such as this #etmooc. How do we find the balance?

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  3. I appreciate the reflective inspiration in Ben’s video comments back to me. We continued our conversations and Ben developed another metaphor for our connective nodes: neighborhoods. He encourages us to move into new directions, to “spin it down” into smaller communities — neighborhoods of similar focus– and move forward with new connections that last after this course. In all his work, he encourages more than conversation and connection, but also dialogue, direction, and action. So, as a middle level educator, I invite other #midleved to a new neighborhood: Build Neighborhoods: A Middle Level Invitation

    Thank you, Ben Wilkoff, for nudging me from connection to action.

    • Wow. That is some compliment. Thank you. I have so enjoyed the discourse in your neighborhood that I might just move on in for a while. I hope that we start to see many more neighborhoods pop up to tackle specific issues in our education landscape (like Middle Level learning). More than that, though, I hope that everyone starts to form long-lasting conversations that far outpace the original scope of this course. And I hope I get to be part of them.

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