No one can fail to be shocked when you see what some people consume. When diet programmes on TV do that lay-it-on-the-table scene when the subject can plainly see the ‘x’ amount of calories, and dirty brown-ness, of the weekly feed that goes through their system. Then there’s that shock moment, not so surprising, when they reveal how much better they look/feel/behave when their diet is improved.
So is it true? Yes of course it is. It’s simple logic that if you put better in, you get better out, like fuel in a car, we will run better with quality fuel inside us.
I have always considered what I consume to various degrees but recently, in the last few years, gradually worked up to a low fat, meat free, gluten free, dairy free, alcohol free, unprocessed, healthier diet.
Just reading that sounds ridiculous but oddly it’s not that hard and definitely worth it – both physically and mentally.
It’s not 100% and I think that’s key to it continuing. Apart from there is definitely never any meat (although I do eat fish!) the other categories do lapse a little here and there. I don’t beat myself up for that handful of mini eggs, using a ready made pesto or eating a slice of my niece’s birthday cake. I just acknowledge the consequences. With the cake it’s a stomach ache. After a bout of horrific noro-virus type bug a few years ago my inners switched off to liking gluten products or perhaps the raising agent (I’ve never quite worked it out) so avoid cake, bread, biscuits). With dairy it’s (apologies) the gas – another probable side effect from the virus, but also my skin is better with no dairy. The no alcohol ensures better sleep, more energy and fingers crossed personal longevity. And then we look at processed food and it’s just logical it’s wrong as its not natural. Cooking simple food from scratch honestly isn’t that hard.
Crash diets are a general no-no but it’s about honest, realistic changes to day to day eating that will be beneficial and able to be kept up in the long run. Small steps that will ensure health inside and out, and inevitably a little weight loss.
I think the first goal is to assess what is excess in your daily eating. Try removing a few things – 5 coffees down to 3, replace a chocolate bar with fruit, decrease carbohydrate mass in plate and increase salad to fill the space, a large glass wine can swap to a small glass (over 100 calories difference!) and even swap dairy milk for an alternative to half the calories. Small changes could reduce your daily calorie intake by 400-500 calories with hugely noticing and lose a couple of pounds per week. That could half a stone in a month.
But the real health part is about what you eat. The types of food and the things you can add in your diet to improve you health, life and well being.
Through reading blogs and connecting with other like minders, I’ve gained knowledge and understanding. I’m always learning. I don’t think I even knew what spirulina was a few years ago and learning about adding seeds, flax and iron based veggies is perfect for a novice vegetarian.
Take a peak at #busylittleladyeats on Instagram or future food posts on here, and get some ideas.