A big part of a healthy lifestyle is to eat healthy. I can exercise until the cows come home but if I'm eating chips and chocolate every day, I won't get anywhere fast.
To me, the number one rule to avoid the pitfalls of junk food is to banish them out of sight. I made the mistake with buying a pack of Mint Slices the other week. Despite my best intention to "portion control", the whole pack disappeared within 2 days (eeeep!). So I have to be strong and ignore the confectionary aisles when I'm at the supermarket.
Cutting out the "naughty foods" doesn't mean I can't enjoy a yummy snack though, I just need to be more prepared. This afternoon I made a delicious afternoon snack with fresh pineapple pieces, crushed walnuts, goji berries and low-fat natural yoghurt. You can read about the benefits of this snack here.
Another thing I'm trying to do is to bring my own lunch. I am not impressed with the takeaway options near work, and they're not cheap either. So by preparing my own lunch, I can make something healthy that I enjoy and I can save money, a win-win-win situation.
Those of you who read my post last Monday may remember that I made breakfast AND lunch for the week. Breakfast was quinoa with stewed fruit and lunch was grilled chicken with veggies and quinoa. I was a bit worried that I would be bored with eating the same food every day (I had a break on Thursday as it was my day off) but I was fine with it.
Yesterday I made another batch of lunches for the week. Thanks to Cats Love Cooking's recommendation I checked out Bake Bike Blog and tried out her tamari rice salad recipe. Actually I didn't have any tamari so I just used good old soy sauce. Well, the result was delicious!
I'm having microwaved eggs on grainy toasts for breakfast today; tonight I'll make a batch of healthy bircher museli for the rest of the week.
The combination of regular exercising and better eating have definitely improved my energy level. Yesterday was one of the most productive Sundays that I can recall. Not only did I do all the grocery shopping and made lunch (home made pizza), dinner (pea and ham soup) and the rice salad, I also folded a few baskets of laundry and did a lot of decluttering. Instead of my usual routine of lying around and taking a long time to get going, I just went for it. It felt so good to feel so energised.
I am still finding my way around a new approach to food, and I'll share my learnings in future Healthy Life posts.
What are the biggest obstacles between you and healthy eating?
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