Healthy food is more than just about weight loss, fat loss and building a good figure for me. It used to be about that and that only, which there’s nothing wrong with, but over the last few months my attitude towards food has had a total overhaul. It’s not been easy and I’d be lying if I said that regular diet adjustments hadn’t taken their toll on my body, but I’m finally getting to a healthy place with food which I absolutely love.
WHAT IS MY DIET LIKE
Ok so let’s start with the basics. As you’ll know if you read my latest post, my diet has been a bit of a roller coaster since finishing the 90 Day SSS Plan. Whilst I’m still not 100% happy with what I eat, I’m definitely in a better place. I finally learned to stop restricting myself! I now eat a balanced diet which incorporates every food group, carbs included, and allows for treats a couple of times each week. Yes I eat too many dark chocolate rice cakes and maybe have slightly bigger cheat meals than perhaps I should, but that’s ok. I’m a long way from the girl who ate chocolate in secret and had a genuinely worrying addiction to Nandos peri chips, and that’s what I try to remind myself of every time I panic about eating too much fruit or too many carbs. Why do I still have treats? Because I know that when I start restricting things, problems occur, and I soon find myself binge eating on a Sunday night to make up for my extreme efforts during the week. People find it so hard to believe that I do still eat junk, which really makes me laugh. My colleague genuinely didn’t believe me the other day when I told him how much I adored hot cross buns! What can I say, I’m only human, and this human just so happens to love toasted hot cross buns.
HOW DOES MY DIET AFFECT MY BODY
Yes I eat super healthy, but no, I’m not losing weight, which is ok. I’m just about maintaining which I’m perfectly happy with. The only thing I will say, is that I can’t seem to reduce my body fat or get that ‘lean look’ with the foods that I eat. I know that if I dropped my calories slightly and reduced my carb intake, as I did on the plan, then I’d get that body back, but I know that I’ll be unhappy if I do that. Food is to be enjoyed after all, and whilst I enjoyed the results I saw on the plan, I rarely enjoyed what I ate. I’ll never be completely happy with my body shape because I’m hugely critical of myself, but there is room to improve, and I’ll always keep working towards that, mainly because I love a challenge!
WHY I EAT THIS WAY
I love icecream, popcorn, pizza, chocolate and prosecco as much as the next person, but I hate how junk food it makes me feel. When I was younger I could eat 3000+ calories a day and it wouldn’t affect me in the slightest, but now, it’s a whole other story. To give you an example, Darryl and I treated ourselves to Five Guys a few weeks ago. I was healthy all day long, and then enjoyed my cheeseburger, cajun fries, vanilla milkshake and a few M&Ms. But did my body like it? No it did not! I felt ill instantly and spent the entire night in a hot sweat, feeling equally as terrible when I woke up. Ok so I may have gone a bit OTT with the cheat meal (who knew that it would cost me over 2000 calories!?), but I never would have struggled with this in previous years. This doesn’t just happen with gigantic cheat meals either, sometimes it can only take something small. The way I think about food has changed too. I used to love the thought of greasy Chinese food or a big meaty pizza, but now, I’d much rather opt for a healthier version, with zero grease! I just cannot bear it. I genuinely love healthy food. Fruit, vegetables, water, you name it, I crave it daily. This is the reason I limit treats to once or twice a week! I’m so over feeling like death from sugary, fatty and calorific foods.
In summary, my diet isn’t a diet. It’s a way of eating which suits my body, and is totally sustainable. No it doesn’t make my skinny, or muscular, but it’s food that fuels my body for my workouts and day-to-day life, and that’s all I really need it to do. I love experimenting with healthy foods and the way it makes my body feel is incredible. If someone said to me that I could never eat fruit or veggies again, I’d genuinely have a break down. I now rely on good nutrition more than I ever thought was possible, and I wouldn’t change that for the world. If only I’d realised this at a younger age! Healthy food should get more credit.