Let me just start this by saying, this isn’t me lecturing you. This is me pressing the ‘reset’ button on my summer eating (and drinking). Sometimes I let a few bad habits creep back in, and before I know it, my shorts are a bit snug. You know the saying “It’s all fun and games until your jeans don’t fit’? I’m pretty certain that was aimed at me. You too? Read on…
Every now and again I like to hit the reset button, take a check on what I’ve been eating, and give myself a chance to review and reset my eating habits. After all, nothing will change if I don’t change what I do. (Took me a lot of years to realise that). So, this last week I’m back tracking my food, keeping my calories within my limits and generally being mindful with my eating.
I’ve compiled my top ways to keep a track of your food, to help track and balance your food and fitness. After all, we’re all about balance.
What I’m not saying, is that you should follow this religiously…it’s just a guide.
My top tips for a leaner and healthier body
- Eat REAL food. Cook! Use fresh ingredients and lots of colourful veggies. We’ve got plenty of ideas on the blog for cooks of all abilities – give them a go.
- Avoid refined sugar, carbs and fat. This is a biggie. You know THAT chocolate bar, the pack of crisps or slice of cake in the office. Eating these more than the odd occasion (and by that, I mean once a month or so) will impact your weight unbelievably unless you are incredibly fortunate and the odd unhealthy snack doesn’t lead to weigh gain or peaks in your blood sugar levels which cause cravings.
- Don’t skip meals – not even one. Your body needs fuelling properly to work efficiently. Just fuel it with the right things.
- DRINK MORE WATER!!
- Move more – up your steps, try and be active at least eight hours a day, and exercise when you can (this needn’t mean hours in the gym. The key to consistency with exercise is to find something you LOVE, and build a fitness family around you to help motivate you (and you, them!). Not ready for group classes? Try some basic exercises at home>>
- Mix up your diet. Try and eat a new food regularly, shake off the old favourite dishes and embrace new tastes and textures. Make sure that the largest component of your daily diet is vegetable based too. You’ll eat much more, and not be as hungry without compromising on the calories. You’ll also boost your intake of vitamins and minerals naturally.
- Be consistent. Starving yourself for two months a year to fit in to your bikini and then eating badly the rest of the year won’t do you any favours. Find the balance which allows you to eat right most of the time, whilst allowing yourself the odd treat (and a glass of wine or three every now and again). It’s all about balance, right?
- Relax, and be kind to yourself. Your body is amazing, so respect it. Rest when you’re tired, fuel it properly and you will see the benefits.
Remember to be kind to yourself lovely people. Embrace your body, treat it well and be consistent. The changes will come. Tahlia x