Back to the 'Get Fit, Get Healthy' journey..
The past couple of weeks since I posted my initial blog post, I've had highs and lows, triumphs and guilty indulgences.. (oh yes, I'm looking at you, takeaway pizza & wine). It really is a hard thing to do; to train your body to consume higher amounts of vitamin-rich superfoods and lower amounts of the junk & empty calories. And, coupled with deadline chaos in my final year of Uni, it's er... not been so easy! I don't expect the next week to be any easier, because it's my birthday, so I'm allowing myself treats! But, of course, building up to it in a healthy way is the best I can do for my body.
I've discovered a lot of ideas on the road to health, so I thought it best to share some of my discoveries on The Likely Lady for you all to share in & give me your top tips! This week, I'll focus on food..
|Overnight Oats with Banana & Agave Nectar|
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and I don't think I could take on my day without it! However, before, I was prone to a white bagel every single morning.. Nowadays, I've cut out the bagel habit and switched to Overnight Oats (as mentioned in my 1st post). It's been a bit difficult though, as I'd been pairing it with banana & agave nectar topping.... and then found out I'm allergic to bananas (!!!). So, I'm back to experimenting with strawberries right now. I've also cut the greek yoghurt addition to 0% fat Greek Yoghurt to cut pointless calorie count.
My Favourite Breakfast Ideas
♥ Overnight Oats
♥ Poached Egg on Wholemeal Toast
♥ Super-powered Green Smoothie
♥ Oatmeal Smoothie
|Wholemeal pitta with Turkey, Cucumber, Tomato & Pepper with Tomato Salsa|
Lunch hasn't been too difficult for me to change, as it's a meal I was already happy with making healthy choices on. However, I've definitely upped my game & am refusing the lure of the carb-laden sandwich or baguette. I've been eating wholemeal pitta filled with veggies, hummus & grilled lean protein like turkey. I've made it easier for myself by being prepared. For example, I grill 2 turkey steaks the evening before, eat one for dinner & box one up in the fridge for lunch the next day.
Oh yeah, and red pepper hummus is now my favourite thing ever..!
My Favourite Lunch Ideas
♥ Wholemeal pitta with veggies (e.g. red pepper, cucumber, spinach/lettuce, etc) & hummus
♥ Home-made soups (prepared on a Sunday evening; can be kept for a few days in the fridge!)
♥ Chicken/turkey salad
|Turkey Steak, Sweet Potato Wedges, Babycorn & Lettuce|
Dinner is usually the most exciting meal of my day, and it's a challenge to keep it to healthy levels when I used to lazily stick ready-made McCains wedges in the oven alongside whichever dish I was preparing.. I'm also a bit blah about the usual stir fry, so I've been experimenting.
BUT! I came up with a switch for those too..:
My Favourite Dinner Ideas
♥ Sweet Potato Wedges (GORGEOUS. You could add spices to them too to give 'em a kick)
♥ Turkey Steak (cheap bought in bulk at Tesco, only 100 calories & really filling. Lots o' protein!)
♥ Spinach (I try to add spinach as a side to every meal, as it is so full of iron & calcium; two vitamins I am lacking in)
♥ Cous Cous (quick & easy to prepare, teamed with anything ever.. veg & meat!)
♥ Salmon (I'm addicted anyway, so this is a no-brainer. LOTS of Omega 3, ladies..)
amongst other things.. this is a good time to whip up some stews!
|Nakd Bar with Clementines|
Snacks are my biggest challenge. Not that I was a big snacker before, but because of the lower calories I'm consuming, I've been prone to peckishness in the late evening.. eek! So, I thought I'd do battle with The Snack Monster and WIN! Here are my favourites..:
My Favourite Snacks
♥ Pomegranate Seeds
♥ Nakd Raw Vegan Bars (SO TASTY! Cocoa & Orange ones are the best)
♥ Sweet N' Salt Metcalfe's Skinny Topcorn (genius. You have to try it)
♥ Kallo Low Fat Rice Cakes (for the midnight munchies, topped with veg or a cheeky bit of cheese)
♥ Clementines (always pop one in my bag)
Essentially, I've learned that you can stick to the things you like - just keep them all in moderation and switch up the ingredients for healthier choices. For example, like a bacon roll with tomato ketchup? Cut out the excess by grilling lower fat bacon and accompanying it with a slice of wholemeal toast & a grilled tomato! All the yumminess with less of the guilt..
For more ideas, see my favourite sources:
Over to you! Are you following your own health journey? Share your discoveries & tips with me!