The only way to stick to a healthy lifestyle is to prepare. So today I made egg, bacon and veggie muffins for breakfast this week as well as roasted some vegetables to add to a salad for lunches.
Now I’m relaxing, watching a film and sipping water from my fruit infused (lemon and orange) bottle and feeling very smug.
I picked up a paleo cookbook this weekend to inspire me further and give me more ideas for paleo recipes. I’m extremely excited to try the lemon pound cake recipe. Reading through the book the author, Daniel Green, says you should start off with 10 days in a row without cheating or breaking the paleo diet, then you’ll be more likely to stick at it long term. I like this, 10 days is achievable and not too daunting.
Monday is day one, food is prepared. Wish me luck!
I’ve just returned to London from the most spectacular and amazing family-filled holiday in New Zealand, and I’m feeling terribly homesick. I told anyone and everyone who would listen that I would always like in the UK and that New Zealand would never again be home for me. But this recent holiday back made me realise how wrong I was. Visiting all my favourite haunts, seeing my sisters and parents daily, bumping into friends just about every day and absorbing the lifestyle I used to take for granted made me come to terms with the fact that it really is home.
So, for this year while I’m still based in London, I’ve decided I need to make a plan and a set of goals for 2016 (I haven’t set a date, but am envisaging making a move in the next 12-18 months).
- Eat a Paleo diet
- Drink more water
- Bulk up my savings account
- Get more exercise
- Swear less
- Drink far less alcohol
- Stress less
Back in December I declared to myself that 2015 was going to be the year of change and I was going to get this flabby body to be a hell of a lot less flabby. This has happened. I haven’t quit – but I have changed direction. I was doing the Dukan diet but as of five days ago, I am always one to chop (meat pun intended!) and change, I switched to doing the Whole30. Why the change? I was finding the heavy meat, light dairy and lack of vegetables was making me feel stodgy, and ultimately quite unhealthy. I know Dukan works long term – I’ve had success in the past – but I knew it was something I was not going to be able to sustain for the next 189 days (my suggested plan), so I had to make a slight change.
I did my first Whole30 back in January 2013 and felt fantastic afterwards, the protein and vegetable combo with the odd bit of fruit and nuts worked for me. It’s now day five and I feel amazing. I feel lighter, more energetic and generally just feel happier. You’re not allowed to weigh yourself on this program, but I know I have lost weight. My tummy is definitely flatter, which could be due to no bloating from carbs/sugar, or the fact I am drinking 1.5-2L of water a day.
After eight days on Dukan I’m enjoying food a hell of a lot more on Whole30, as it’s not as strict. I tried kale for the first time ever – a new favourite is a snack of kale chips thanks to my twitter followers. I know kale was the food craze of 2014 – but last year I was up to my eyeballs in wine, takeaways and hangover fry ups after long days and nights with my recruitment buddies. It was not a good place.
I know it’s early days and they say day 10 is the turning point, and often the hardest when people give up. I fully intend to stick this out for 25 more days. I figure if I feel fab right now, how much better will I feel and look by the end? Friends (Leah, Tara and Dayna) of mine are on the journey too, reading their blogs, looking at their Instagram photos and recipes are helpful when you feel like an extra pop of inspiration. This afternoon is going to be spent prepping my breakfasts and lunches for the week ahead. My biggest challenge is going to be starting my new job – I’ll be entering financial services which, like recruitment, is known for the social drinking aspect. I will be sticking to the sodas with fresh lime for the next few weeks, hopefully they don’t think I’m a square.
Lemons are a magical fruit. Not only are they cheap and pack a punch of flavour, but they can clean limescale from your taps and more importantly they provide a whole bunch of health benefits.
I’m not talking about doing a lemon water cleanse/diet, because they scare me. I’m simply adding a cup of hot lemon water to my morning routine – before the tea or coffee. Even Gwynnie swears by it, however she’d have you cut out the coffee which is just crazy talk.
So what are the benefits of drinking lemon water? It aids with digestion, strengthens your immune system, aids weight loss, helps to detoxify and cleanse your insides, and does wonders for your skin and hair, among other things.
A couple of slices per cup does the trick for me. But I do find the fruit here in the UK turns very quickly, so as a tip, I slice up the whole lemon and pop the slices into a freezer container so they’re ready to go in the morning when I add them to my boiling cup of water. They defrost right away and cool down the cup so it’s ready to drink.
Try it, and if you don’t enjoy, simply use the frozen lemon slices in your gin and tonic instead.