“Eat for the body you want, not the body you have” – This has always been one of my favourite quotes, yet it is one of the hardest to adapt to and stick with.
Getting into fitness wasn’t too much of a challenge for me when I started a year ago, I knew I wanted to be fitter and I knew that was the way to do it. I started slowly and built up the amount of exercise to where I am now.
Nutrition, on the other hand, is not something that I find easy, even now! It takes a lot of knowledge, a lot of trying and testing, and certainly a lot of willpower. It wasn’t until about January that I decided I needed to make a change with my diet or I was never going to start seeing results in the gym.
It’s so easy to tell yourself that because you’re exercising, you can eat whatever you want. I’ve done it in the past and I certainly realised it wasn’t true, you can’t exercise out a bad diet unfortunately!
- My first tip in educating yourself about nutrition would be to read books. This year I have bought numerous books but the ones I learnt most from was Deliciously Ella and Madeleine Shaw. They both made me realise that healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to cut out tasty food! But they did teach me the differences between natural sugars and processed sugar, it taught me to eat more vegetables and to start enjoying cooking!
Realistically, at the moment, I’ve trying to concentrate on my fitness more and keeping my motivation up so I’m keeping my meals simple and healthy, rather than making meals from books that tend to take longer. The photos below are some of my favourite, breakfast, lunch and dinner foods to eat.
2. Another thing I have learnt to do is snack! Snacking throughout the day on nutritious, filling foods that will not only keep you full up but it will also provide you with the energy you need, whilst keeping your metabolism up.
3. Don’t deprive yourself of foods you like. If you want to eat chocolate still – EAT CHOCOLATE! Just don’t eat it every day and keep it to a small amount. You can still eat the foods you like but within moderation. Perhaps give yourself one treat day a week, or a specific day so you have something to look forward throughout the week.
4. Don’t beat yourself up if you eat badly. I still have weekends where I just give in to foods that I know I shouldn’t realistically eat. However, that’s just part of a journey, you can’t eat perfectly all the time. I would certainly be miserable if I ate perfectly ALL the time! I love to go out and eat dinner with friends and family without feeling guilty.
5. What’s right for someone else, doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Every one has different metabolisms and body types, you need to take the time to figure out what foods work for you and what do not. It’s a slow process sometimes, but it’s 100% worth it. I’ve seen more progress since I concentrated on my diet than when I was trying to go to the gym every day.
The right diet will not only help you in your fitness but it will also help you in every day life. Eating the right amounts and the right foods will help your energy levels, skin, health and generally make you feel amazing. Give it a go and find out just how easy and tasty healthy eating can be!