Clean eating is one of the hardest things for me. I try to eat well and more often than not my 3 meals a day are quite good, it’s just everything in between. I love a sweet snack after a dinner and that’s what gets me. I have tried not buying it and that works until my boyfriend comes home with snacks for him and I’m all over it. I’ve tried to eat bigger meals to make me full up for longer, I think it’s part habit and part greed! Whatever it is it needs to stop.
When going from unhealthy to healthy I find so much easier to plan my meals. Yes, it doesn’t always work but when I do it, I feel a lot happier with myself. Write yourself a list of all the things you can have for breakfast and choose a new one every morning. For me, the hardest thing is when I’m working, the quickest breakfast is not necessarily the best one and whatever I chuck in my bag for lunch is not that great either.
Lunch, and some breakfasts are easier to make the night before. At the start of the week, I try and have avocado and bacon on a thin or slice of bread so I make up the topping the night before a chuck it in the fridge ready for me to put it on toast the next day. Being prepared helps so much and just makes it so much easier, the only pain is if you make the night before and don’t fancy it in the morning. To avoid this, try and make food that will last a few days so that you don’t have to have it if you don’t want to, or you can have it one day but not the next.
I have also found that the week is so much easier than the weekend, once Friday comes round and talk of takeaway is in the air it takes a lot of willpower to say “No I don’t what that tasty Chinese. I’ll just have this salad.” I have done it a few times and it is hard but you do feel better after.
You always have to ask yourself “Do I want it? Do I need it?” And if both answers are no then just walk away. Try and listen to yourself and your body, you might have done an amazing workout and eaten well all day, don’t make your body work even harder to break down all the junk food you eat. Cheat days are a must! We are only human but make sure they are cheat days (not weeks) and still be cautious of the food you are putting into your body. What may be a ‘treat’ for you isn’t necessarily a treat for your insides.
I’m constantly making mistakes, saying no to a chocolate digestive but still having an ice cream. As my goal is to lose body fat, I’m currently tracking my calories and taking interest in the foods I’m putting into my body. I try to eat healthier foods and since I have IBS I’m trying to cut down on the carbs. Through following someone on Instagram I found out about My Fitness Pal. I had used this before years ago when I wasn’t taking this whole lifestyle change seriously and thought it was a waste of time and I never stuck to it. Now I’m in the right frame of mind it’s a godsend. The barcode scanner allows me to log the food I eat so much easier, it lets me count calories and macros in one and for once I feel in control.
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