Since getting back from Ibiza nearly two weeks ago I have made some small changes to my diet and lifestyle. After being stuck in a rut for a while, I have lost half a stone in just over two weeks. My weight has been fairly static for about six months so this has been a good chance which has motivated me to keep focussed!
So here are some of the things I have been doing and small tweaks that I have made…
Protein, Protein, Protein!
I know trainers say it but it really does work. I used to think I would put on weight by having more protein in my diet as in my head anything that fills you up that much must cause you to put on weight right? I didn’t really get it! I have now worked out the daily amount my body needs and this is the only food goal I focus on achieving.
I have been eating eggs, meat, yoghurt, experimenting with protein shakes and balls – basically anything to make it more exciting.
I’ve ordered different flavoured protein powders and bars, and got protein cook books. It’s made a huge difference.
Stop worrying about breakfast!
I train most mornings before work, but I would get back and have a quick breakfast – maybe a protein shake or some cereal and a coffee before work – if anything. By 11am I was ravenous and would eat anything to stop me feeling hungry. Now I might have porridge, banana and a protein shake. I try to eat well and until my body tells me that I am not hungry anymore rather than calorie count or worry about overeating. The outcome – I can survive until lunch and may have a snack to keep me going but it will be a more conscious choice.
Breakfast on the go, protein pancakes and balls
Make food taste better!
I’ve enjoyed experimenting with fresh herbs, spices, even basics like lemon and seasoning. If I make food that I look forward to eating I will be less likely to start looking around. I did a diet once where I just had a protein shake for lunch! It wasn’t appetising, I didn’t look forward to it and as a result I would be looking for any excuse to have something else. I try to make lunches and dinners that I look forward to eating and enjoy – and make from scratch as much as possible.
Pea Pasta with Homemade Pea Pesto and Chicken
Schwarma Chicken, Chickpeas and Courgettes with Dukkah Spice
Tasty cod liver oil
I know it’s good for you but I really hate the capsules. I found a product called Zooki which is mango flavoured cod liver oil. It’s AMAZING!!! You can have it neat or add it to shakes or yoghurt etc.
Never leave the house without emergency snacks…
I spend a lot of time in my car. This week I’ve done about 600 miles and been out three nights out of the five week days. In my car I have a good supply of healthy bars, nuts, rice cakes, grenade bars, porridge pots, uncle ben’s microwaveable rice and squeezy peanut butter, these snacks are in my handbag, my office drawer – everywhere. I am not giving myself the chance to get to the point where the only option is Starbucks. I know that when I am starving I make bad choices! They are not tempting enough to make me want to overeat, but they are tasty enough that I will eat them rather than find chocolate somewhere!
Trying to make sure I have exciting snacks!
Share the love!
I love baking and buying treats for friends and colleagues so will often take food to meetings. Now its protein bars and protein pancakes and they have gone down well (with some people!!) Atleast this way I am not adding to the office feeder problem and I am keeping my own temptation out of arms reach.
Make time for rest and relaxation
I’ve started going to yin yoga and meditation on Wednesday evenings. It forces me to relax and switch off, and I sleep so well that night. Its a really gently way to stretch out the muscles and focus on being in the moment. I’ve also found a fantastic massage therapist who is holistic and is incredible. It’s really important to me to make sure that I have that balance.
Accept that you can’t actually change the outcome unless you are willing to change the process
Sounds obvious but I think that for a long time I wanted to get results while not really changing much about my diet. Unfortunately to change you have to be ready and put the work in. No one can do it for you but you can do it in small steps so it isn’t too scary! I’m on a mission so bring it on!!! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻