Hello, hello! There have been a couple of things happening in my life in the past couple of months which have led me to change the way I eat and to be more mindful about what I put into my body. I have been ‘clean eating’ for just over a month now and feel so much better for it. I have also cut out pretty much all refined sugar too which has given me loads more energy, I don’t get bloated nearly as much as I used to and I haven’t had any skin breakouts either! In this post, I thought I would jot down a few hints and tips on how you can change your eating habits. These tips have certainly helped me!
Please note, I am not a doctor or a dietitian. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions regarding your health or diet.
The first step to healthy eating is to invest. Invest your time, invest your money. Buy healthy eating cook books, follow people on Instagram and get some inspiration!! I love Deliciously Ella’s books and Fearne Cotton’s Cook Happy, Cook Healthy is on my list of next books to get.
Treat yourself to a fancy notepad and pen (I don’t know about you but I need no excuse to buy myself pretty stationery!) and jot down a shopping list of things to buy – cupboard staples as well as weekly fresh produce. Online supermarket shopping is a winner for this – when I started out, I was finding myself wandering the aisles of my local supermarket trying to find the obscure ingredients I needed to make the protein balls that looked so good! Online shopping takes the stress out battling the crowds on a Saturday morning.
A good whole foods online shop I regularly use is Buy Whole Foods Online. You also get points whenever you shop which add up to money off! I also find it helpful to plan out my week and what I will be eating each evening depending on what my plans are, that way I know exactly what I need to buy, and how much time to set aside to put it all together.
Every Sunday I give myself a couple of hours to get dirty in the kitchen and prep anything that’s needed for the week, in particular my lunches I take to work with me. Another way to be motivated for the week ahead.
Another thing that has helped me is to stay mindful. I’m not saying you need to write down and track everything you put on your lips, but each time you go reaching for that chocolate bar ask yourself if you really need it…. treat yourself every now and then but don’t get into the habit of justifying that Grab Bag of salt and vinegar crisps just because you went for a run. Healthy mind = healthy body.
Drink More Water
This is sooooo important! I have recently bought myself a HydrateM8 water bottle which has changed my water drinking habits for the better! Tea or coffee has never been something I’ve craved as I don’t like the taste. I know, not being a tea drinker is practically a sin for a British person, although I do like peppermint and some flavoured teas. I have always drunk a lot of water anyway, but this bottle is so good for helping to reach the daily target of 8 glasses a day .Simply by having timed targets on the side of the bottle, means you’re kind of having a competition with yourself to reach that target every hour. These have been a massive hit in the office I work in. A little bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone!
Listen to your body! If you eat a meal that doesn’t quite agree with you (maybe you suffer from bloating or tiredness etc.) then note what was in the meal and then try to pinpoint what it is that you’re intolerant to the next time you eat any of those things.
In conclusion, if in doubt, make an appointment with a qualified nutritionist. My eyes were opened when I went to one. I had to keep a food diary detailing everything I ate and drank for three days. I also had to fill out a questionnaire detailing every discomfort I ever experience in my body. We then discussed it. For an hour and half I was asked so many different questions with the ultimate end goal of my diet being tweaked a little to combat the discomforts. No more bloated belly or gas anymore folks! I definitely recommend everyone to go and see one as I have been feeling so much better ever since. Due to my diet changes I have had lots of lovely comments about how much brighter I look. Definitely worth the money.
Does anyone else have any hints or tips they would like to share to help with eating habits? Or perhaps you are on a nutritional journey like me and can share some good people to follow on Instagram and blogs to read?