*Rant Alert!* Okay guys, here it is, my rant for the day! Why do we decide to do crazy diets? We FIND crazy fad diets that eliminate ENTIRE FOODGROUPS and find recipes that take up loads of time, energy and use ingredients that cost the earth because they are ‘healthy’ but forget to just keep it simple and eat REAL food and not overthink things.
An example of this (I thank this client for giving me something to write about today, if you are reading this right now, you are the best xx) is seeing a client for the first time in a while this morning and her telling me that she is trying to do paleo, no carbs and making clean treats to achieve her current goals. This is a great start! I’m so proud of her to be getting started on her health and fitness goals.
When I asked her what she was eating, she told me how she was making shakes, clean treats and doing all this fancy stuff and finding all these interesting recipes, but couldn’t sustain it. My first comment, why don’t you just try eating simple, normal food? What is wrong with yoghurt, fruit, porridge, eggs on toast, curries, BBQ meat and yummy salads?
We see so much stuff online and in the media these days that I think we get confused about what we can and can’t eat and whether we should eat raw, paleo, low carb, high fat, high protein, FODMAP (literally the list could go all day).
So here is my REAL TALK keep it simple tips to get, or stay on track with food:
-Is how you are eating SUSTAINABLE? If you are miserable, hungry or hate the food you are currently eating. GET OFF THE DIET… NOW!
-Make sure you are eating enough. If you are eating any less than 12oo calories (even 1200 is too low) then your metabolism is going to slow down and not be able to breakdown any food you put in your body. Eat regularly! Especially breakfast! and find out how many calories you are eating in My Fitness Pal.
-It’s one thing to have a rough idea of how many calories you eat, so that you can work on eating more. But don’t count calories everyday. It will drive you crazy! Focus on eating GOOD food rather than the numbers in the food.
-MODERATION its a marvellous thing. Practice it!
-Carbs are NOT the bad guy! You need them, they make you happy and give you energy. You need to choose the right carbs and time them properly.
-Be honest with yourself! You KNOW you need to eat your veggies, drink water, choose good snacks, do some exercise. Working on improving these things and doing them consistently will get you those results you desire. Keep it simple, don’t over complicate food and you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to stay on track…. Most of the time 🙂
-Haloumi (pan fried in olive oil)
Pop it all onto a platter and serve with desired meat. I served with Rissoles 🙂