I know I have heard the saying soooo many times and I really do understand what that means now. After my exams had finished I decided to make a change in my eating habits by weaning out the stuff in my diet that my body doesn’t essentially need i.e. processed foods!
I have been eating clean for 6 weeks now and plan all my meals in advance and cook from scratch which does take a lot of dedication and time. I ALWAYS make sure that every meal and clean treat I make tastes good because this is what I enjoy doing. May I add, if I fancied a bit of bread, crisps or chocolate, I would have them! I don’t believe in cheat days as I feel this gives a bad attitude towards food. To me, its like you are going through such hardship eating clean which you may not enjoy then wait for a day to pig out on the ‘bad foods.’ Been there, done that and I found I binged quite a lot then punished myself mentally and physically for it.
This time round I have learned to think ‘do I REALLY want that chocolate dessert?’ ‘Is this just because my blood sugars low and I am craving junk?”Can I make a healthier, more nutritious alternative? I have found that my meals sustain me throughout the day so I rarely crave high sugar, high fat & salty foods. This is basically mindful eating and I do not binge at all on junk food which a lot people do on strict regimes.
This is the difference eating clean has made to my body and I basically am what I eat…healthy! Before I ate aloooot of junk studying for my exams etc. and I felt very lethargic, run down and I couldn’t keep up in my kickboxing classes. I have had many friends asking me how I got to look like this after six weeks. After I told them clean eating and exercise they just abandoned the idea straight away because they cannot sacrifice what they are used to. So a few tips:
– Enjoy eating clean, make your meals taste good so you can’t wait to make them again.
– If you love your sweets and chocolate, go for healthier options like good quality dark chocolate which I actually eat quite often.
– Plan your meals and choose one day of the week to prepare as much as you can if you have very little time
– Don’t follow the crowd on the latest fitness craze, do what you enjoy and do something that you can sustain, for me it is martial arts and kickboxing
– Make a batch of clean treats for the week e.g. clean brownies, macaroons etc. there are all sorts of tasty treats that are good for you if you feel like you are craving something.
– Don’t count calories or macros, unless you are training to be the next Mr Olympia or something lol. I am a believer in one size does not fit all diet wise, I personally eat a lot of carbs throughout the day and I am still leaning out. Just because somebody works in the gym and has a good body doesn’t mean they know what they are talking about when it comes to nutrition tailored to you…unless they are a qualified nutritionist lol. Eat what your body responds best to.
So I hope that you can consider these tips if you are planning to make long lasting changes to your eating habits and fitness routines :)