I told you my new year resolutions and goals so I thought, as the month is up, I would do a little update post and, to be perfectly honest, I just really wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed one particular change that I have made in the new year and that is: clean eating!
I’m serious. I am enjoying this clean eating! I genuinely feel so much better, have far more effort and the weight loss is a welcome side effect as my body gives up its reliance on unnecessary fatty foods!
The best part? Its been easy! I know how it is, you see someone clean eating and think ‘God, that seems like a lot of food, must have been expensive!’ But it’s not! I thought I’d talk about a few of the things I am eating and give an example of my fortnightly shop to show that it’s still the £20 shop that I’m used to!
First thing in the morning:-
- Lemon water.
Lemon water has some fantastic benefits: vitamin C, immune system boost, aids digestion, reduces stress, boosts metabolism and just tastes and feels good! This must be what they talk about when they say they’re feeling fresh in a morning!
- A bowl of watermelon
- Fresh yoghurt
- Superfruit Granola
I try to pack some fruit and vitamins into my diet first thing in the morning with these breakfasts. I don’t have much of an appetite in the morning but I do understand the importance of breakfast so a few cubes of watermelon, a couple spoons of yoghurt or a handful of granola- either way, I’m getting some energy into my body from a handful of something!
- Noodle wraps
I get peckish around midday so these are the things I’ve been eating lately. I will fill a bowl with salad or make noodle wraps with low fat rice noodles, lettuce, spring onion, cucumber, tomato, red onion, pepper etc. To be perfectly honest, I always start hungry and can never finish a full bowl- veg is so filling!
- Roast vegetable dish
- Vegetable pasta
Dinners are really quick and easy now! At the beginning of the week, I throw courgette, peppers, mushrooms, onion, tomato, spinach etc into a casserole dish, drizzle over some olive oil and roast the veg for 25 minutes before making a garlic, paprika and tomato sauce to mix in and grate some cheese over the top (my own non-clean eating vice!). Simply bake again for another few minutes and then enjoy! I then keep the dish in the fridge where I can take portions to reheat throughout the week!
Vegetable pasta is just as easy to make! Just boil pasta, fry some pepper, onion and spinach and mix crushed garlic into chopped tomatoes and mix it all together and voila!
- Green tea
- English breakfast tea with minimal milk and agave nectar instead of sugar
- Cucumber slices
I’ve been eating this veggie diet for a week and a half now and I have lost 4 pounds so I think it’s safe to say my body is happy! Another three and a bit weeks and I should have lost a stone!
Frankly, there are no more excuses. Be good to your body, you only get one!
I have been starting to work out again (and by that I mean I did one workout and my legs were so tight I couldn’t physically do any more). I am going to get my butt back to walking round Richmond Park when the weather is better and workout from home three days a week. Basically, if I can run for the bus whilst still having a conversation with my friend then my fitness is back on track!