I love a sugary Frappuccino and a burger as much as the next person, but adopting this healthy diet was the best thing I ever did. Sometimes I hate it and wonder what the hell I’m doing, but most of the time – I genuinely love how it allows me to lose weight, nourish my body and live a better lifestyle. Nutrition professionals everywhere are constantly pushing the idea of a “healthy diet”, but it’s sad to see how so many brands take advantage of those of us who’re uneducated about what an actual healthy lifestyle is. And yep, you guessed it – there are no fad diets involved! It’s taken me almost three years of trial and error to finally figure out what I should and shouldn’t be eating. Of course I’m no nutrition “whizz”, but what I’ve learnt so far is information I wish I’d discovered sooner. I receive quite a few messages asking what I eat, so I’ve decided to put together a “before and after” food diary which compares what I used to eat on daily basis with the types of foods I eat now, in the hope that I can help some of you who are sat in the same position I once was! Just a heads up – if you’re viewing this post on a mobile, scroll right and left to see the entire length of both charts!
|Sugary cereals (usually chocolate ones!)||Bacon/sausage/fried egg sandwich with ketchup and butter||Extremely large portions of white rice/pasta/bread/noodles||Crisps (share bags) and dips||Sugary juices|
|French toast or pancakes with syrup (and lots of it)||Fast food||Ready meals||Chocolate (milk/white)||Coffee (2 sugars)|
|Nutella/jam on toast||Fatty meat pastries (pasties or sausage rolls)||Frozen food (pizza/chips/pie etc)||Cakes||Milkshakes|
|Chocolate pastries||Crisps||Takeaways/Fast food||Desserts||Alcohol (cocktails or spirits with fizzy drinks)|
|Bacon/sausage/fried egg sandwich with ketchup and butter||Cakes/biscuits||Sauces with high calories/fat|
|Porridge with almond milk & fruit||Chicken or ham salad||Chicken/beef with wholegrain rice/pasta||Fruit/nuts||White coffee (no sugar)
|Wholemeal toast with peanut butter||Chicken or ham in a wholemeal wrap/pitta/sandwich/bagel||Vegetables ||Full fat Greek yoghurt |
(sometimes full fat is better than low fat!)
|Smoothie||Veggie soup||Low calorie/fat sauces (usually homemade)||Lightly salted popcorn||Fizzy/alcoholic drink ONCE a week|
|Protein banana pancakes||Rice cakes||Fish (no breadcrumbs or batter)||Protein shake||Skinny latte or cappuccino TWICE a week max|
|Poached egg on wholemeal toast||Healthy home-made favourites (e.g. Indian/Mexican/Pizza)||70% Dark chocolate|
|Bran flakes with semi-skimmed milk & fruit||Cheat meal ONCE a week (usually a meal out or something yummy at home!)||Chocolate, sweets or ice-cream ONCE a week|
As you can see, I’ve totally transformed my eating habits for the better. Since eating “clean”, I’ve lost a stone and have actually managed to keep it off – which is something you’re not often able to do when following a fad diet. Some people have excellent success with diets that cut certain food groups, but it’s also quite common to fall back into old habits as your body starts to crave the nutrients you’ve excluded. What’s great about my diet, is that it isn’t really a diet at all. I still have treats, but I limit them to once or twice a week – along with one weekly cheat meal. As far as every other meal of the week is concerned, I’ve trained my body over the years to love healthy foods in reasonably sized portions. They’re right when they say “abs are made in the kitchen”, you can run on a treadmill until your heart’s content, but if you’re treating your body like a rubbish bin – you’re not going to get that toned, shapely figure that you’re desperate for. At the end of the day, all you need to do is eat less, move more and challenge yourself along the way. Trust me, if I – queen of eating my body weight in M&Ms – can do it, so can you.
If you have any questions about my diet, please don’t be afraid to ask.