Healthy Eating, Fitness Go Hand In Hand









by Jeffrey Reed, Editor,

The most common New Year’s resolutions relate to improving our health, yet most of us drop the ball on that goal by the end of January. It’s a lot easier getting February time on the fitness club treadmill than it is right after the Christmas holidays.

A survey from reports, almost two thirds of American adults set new fitness goals for the New Year, yet 73 percent give up before achieving those goals.

How bad are we at keeping resolutions to keep fit, lose weight and make healthy food choices? So bad that the second Friday of January is known as Quitters Day.

According to Londoner Brittney Cox, a certified holistic nutritional consultant and graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, keeping it real is the key to keeping our resolutions.

Holistic nutritionist Brittney Cox. Photo: Chris Jenkins.

“It’s important to set realistic goals,” said Cox, a graduate of the Corporate Communication and Public Relations post-grad program at Fanshawe College. “Small changes in increments work well, if they relate to who you are as a person, and the type of lifestyle you lead. Simplifying changes will lead to long-term success.”

Like most of us, Cox, 30, leads a busy lifestyle. In addition to working with clients through her new lifestyle consulting business, Growing Nutrition, she’s also a philanthropy officer with Children’s Health Foundation, mother to 13-month-old son Cutcheon and partner of Steph Cox, a professor with Fanshawe’s Massage Therapy program.

“Life gets busy for us as a family,” Brittney said, “but I feel strongly about food, and about the fact food is the root of everyone’s health. I believe in the holistic way of thinking because it promotes looking at a person as a whole, rather than just being diet-specific. With clients, I look at everything, including stress level which is going to impact how they digest food and absorb nutrients.”

A life-long athlete who played minor soccer, basketball and volleyball, Cox has played hockey since age 4 and today competes in a women’s league. Admittedly, she has had a love-hate relationship with food in the past.

“When I stopped playing competitive hockey at age 16, that was the end of a big part of my life. Hockey was all I knew. And I could eat whatever I wanted to without paying any attention to my choices,” Cox explained.

“But then I gained some weight just before I entered university, and struggled with eating properly. I obsessed about it in an unhealthy way – I would feel guilty if I ate chicken fingers on a Friday night. But I let go of that pressure,” Cox said, “and I became more focused on an overall healthy lifestyle. If you are too restrictive – say you will never eat pizza or drink beer after a hockey game – then that’s unhealthy.”

Nutritional consultations and meal planning are the main offerings of Growing Nutrition, which adopts the philosophy that eating healthy shouldn’t be hard, complicated or bland, and that life is too short not to enjoy food.

As she works with local athletes, Cox thinks back to her days as a competitive athlete when no one offered valuable tips on fueling the body, proper nutrition for recovery, and optimal nutrition for training or game days.

“I never understood how certain food choices could have made a difference in my performance or recovery,” said Cox. “Now, I believe nutrition is a vital piece of an athlete’s success and overall performance.”

If you’re sweet tooth is a Christmas gift that keeps on giving, and you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to lose a few pounds, don’t sweat it, Cox said.

“If you say you’re never going to eat sugar again, then that’s not a realistic goal,” she said. “You need to find balance, so you don’t go on a binge and eat countless brownies in one sitting. Be realistic about change so you can sustain long-term success.”


Award-winning writer Jeffrey Reed has been a member of the London sports media since 1980. He is also publisher and editor of Contact him at

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