Ever heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’? Well that statement could not be more accurate!
Too often, and I was guilty of this too, we decide that we want to lose some weight, get fit, shrink the love handles or fit into that favourite pair of jeans and we set a day to start dieting. Most likely the diet will start on a Monday, as my family will tell you I started a new diet every Monday, which most times failed hopelessly by Tuesday afternoon. I could never understand why I just didn’t have the willpower or the strength to resist temptation! I was my own worst enemy.
When I decided I wanted to seriously lose weight and start a healthy way of living, I knew I had to make some changes that would affect my life ultimately and that it meant there’s no going back. Change is hard sometimes but if you want something bad enough, you will make the necessary sacrifices.
So what’s all of this got to do with the kitchen, you may ask? When you decide you want to lose weight, you cannot assume that you can eat what you used to eat and just limit your portion size and add some exercise and the weight will fall off. If only it was that easy!
Think of your body as a machine, the food you eat is the fuel to run this machine. The more unhealthy the food is, the harder the machine is going to have to work to process it and get it through your system, and sometimes it will take a whole day to break down just one really unhealthy meal (McDonald’s for example). However, the better your food choices (Fruit, veg, lean meat) the quicker the machine will be able to process the food you have eaten and once the food is out of your system, then the machine will keep working using what energy you have stored (FAT) to keep the machine running. This will result in fat burning and weight loss, coupled with exercise, you have a winning combination.
I was asked the question this week, by a reader, what does my daily meal plan look like. To start off with, I am not a big eater nor am I a breakfast person. So I usually start my day with a cup of tea (no sugar) made by my wonderful husband. I have my first meal at around 11am which is either a fruit, a snack such as a portion of trail mix or unsalted nuts and raisins. I eat lunch at 1pm and it is sometimes a salad, roasted veggies and chicken/steak (which is usually left-overs from the night before) or if it’s a curry, then I usually eat the curry by itself or with a salad, no bread or rice. Dinner is a challenge some days as I have 2 son’s and a hubby who all love meat. So dinner sometimes is a curry (mutton, chicken, steak, fish, etc), we do curry about twice a week. Other day’s its fish, veggies/salad & chips (for the hubby and kids), roast chicken with salad/veggies, etc. so you get my idea of the kind of meals we eat.
I do indulge every now and then, it would be unnatural not to and you would be depriving yourself if you did, which is not nice. But the trick is to not over-do it and to have a small taste and know that, that was enough. Know when to say no thanks, I have had enough….no more seconds or maybe just one more bite because that will lead to trouble.
Trust me, try it from today, got a craving, then have a taste (one bite) and say ‘thanks, no more for me, I have had enough’ and walk away and tell me the next time when we chat about how doing just that one thing made you feel. The sense of pride you feel for taking control of your cravings is awesome, it makes you feel powerful to be in charge of your health, I know because I have experienced it first hand!
Put yourself back into the driver’s seat and lets reach your destination of ‘fit, fab and fabulous’ together.
Until next time, much love.