What I Ate Wednesday
“A healthy outside starts from the inside.”
My struggle with food, having a positive mindset and some images of what I have been eating.
I love experimenting with food and creating new recipes that are wholesome, healthy and delicious. Sometimes, life catches us by surprise and our ‘health kick’ doesn’t go to plan because of lack of meal preparation and our mindset is focused towards other priorities. But this is ok, tomorrow is a new day and we can get back on track.
I have gone from being underweight and disliking my figure to now accepting my flaws (remember flaws are what make YOU.. YOU) and having a healthy relationship with food. Food is something that is crucial and whatever you put into your body I truly believe you become and feel. Ever since I changed my lifestyle and began eating properly and fuelling my body with the correct nutrients I have felt amazing and I wouldn’t look back.
Having a positive attitude towards food will result in positive outcomes. Food is there to fuel us, nourish us and make us feel good. I don’t look at food as a reward or even as an enemy. Food is something we should not take for granted, it is there to help us and keep us healthy and strong. I love food! And I love trying new foods; my healthy lifestyle doesn’t stop me from doing this. I have balance and for me, it works. If I want some cake, I will eat some cake. If I want some vegetables and chicken then I will eat some vegetables and chicken. No strict guidelines! If I am hungry, I will eat. If I am not hungry, I won’t. Sometimes we need to indulge in certain foods to feel happy, calm and ready to take on different challenges that come our way. Eating a piece of cake won’t destroy you or your figure! Everything within moderation. Listen to what your body is telling you, a lifestyle change is a more realistic goal than completely changing your diet for a few weeks to then reverting back to your old ways.
You don’t crave what you don’t have or can’t remember. I haven’t had a McDonald’s, KFC or Burger King in over 6 years and this doesn’t bother me because can’t remember what they taste like so I simply don’t crave it. People may think I’m strange but I really don’t crave for takeaway foods, I have made the lifestyle change to feed my body with the things it loves and reacts well to. Whenever I ate greasy food, which wasn’t nutritious, I would get a stomach ache, headaches and feel lethargic… Is it worth feeling this way for the sake of a bad food choice?
Making healthy and wholesome foods that keep you fuller for longer is something I am currently working on. ‘Healthy food tastes disgusting’ – No it doesn’t!! Adding spices and natural flavourings into your food is a great way of transforming any dish you create. I eat more chocolate and sweet treats now than I ever did! Because I swap the processed ones for healthier versions. I eat more natural carbs and protein now than I did before because it’s delicious and my body reacts well to these foods – sweet potato fries, quinoa, brown rice, eggs, fish, nuts. The possibilities are endless. Just experiment and have fun, that’s the magic of food and being healthy.
Here are some of the delicious foods I have been eating this week. I am not an expert on nutrition or fitness I just eat the foods I like and my body reacts well to. This works for me but it might not work for you. Experiment, be positive and trust the process of progression. I once looked at food as my enemy because I was scared of gaining weight, since changing my mindset, I am happier and trust food as a source of delicious energy.
Homemade Energy Bites – peanut butter, oats and cacao powder. Chocolatey, peanut goodness!
- I have recently made these and began to develop the recipe adding different toppings. This recipe will be featured on the blog soon when it is more refined. At 3 pm, I usually crave something sweet, so this is the perfect way to capture the craving.
- My favourite way to start the day. Smoothie bowls are a new discovery of mine and are deliciously refreshing. This recipe is featured on my previous blog post here
- Yes! Chocolate porridge! Porridge oats made with milk and water and once cooked add a spoonful of cacao powder. Delicious, chocolatey and a great way of adding additional antioxidants.
Green Juices & Fruit Smoothies
- Sometimes as a mid morning snack I make a green juice or a fruit smoothie. Shop bought smoothies are good, however, homemade are delicious! It takes less than 5 minutes to make. I shall be featuring some recipes on here soon, for my favourite smoothies and juices. The Nutribullet purchase was definitely an investment.
- Something so simple and easy to make but so delicious. Eggs, broccoli, mushrooms and spinach fried in coconut oil, add a little salt and pepper for taste and enjoy! I also like to add a side of sliced up wholemeal pitta bread to dip in the yolk. The perfect light lunch.
My favourite pitta bread’s to eat are these – The Food Doctor