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As quickly as 2016 has shimmied it’s way in so has the barrage of dumb diets. Most of you know, if you follow my philosophy, I’m not a fan of most diets/detoxs/stupid ways women feel the need to conform and 2016 isn’t going to be any different. I’m letting you in on a few ways you too can say “see ya later” to diets and sort your nutrition focus out- once and for all
- F&*K DIETS OFF (repeat x 1000) Stop dieting. Ok. Simple. If it’s celebrity endorsed or promises “quick weight loss”, “yummy diet shakes” or you’ll be “skinny for life” back the hell away.
- Clean out your fridge and pantry. I’m not talking about leaving your cupboards bare (how utterly boring). I’m talking about getting in there and going over all your items with a fine tooth comb. Just get in there and ask yourself “does this product serve me on my healthy lifestyle body loving journey?”. Packaged cereals, junky chocolate, lollies, buns, pastries, thick sweet sauces- I’m talking to you. Aim to rid your pantry and fridge of products with long ingredient lists, chemicals, sugar (normal and artificial) and bad oils. That’s a decent start and so you have an idea of what lives in my pantry and fridge it goes a little something like this:
- Seeds (chia is a fave and great for breakfast)
- rice/quinoa/pasta (which I use less and less of these days)
- sweet potatoes/potaoes/onions
- tomato paste/tinned tomatoes/tuna/sardines/salmon/chick peas
- peanut butter (natural crunchy please!) and tahini
- stock (veg and meat based)
- rye bread or sourdough
- butter and olive oil
- Himalayan salt and black pepper
- coconut milk
- curry pastes (I check out ingredients and choose best option)
- Meat/chicken/fish plus fresh fruit and veg
- Frozen peas, fruit
- Milk (full fat)
- Yoghurt (full fat) and cheeses (mainly goats cheese and brie)
- Sauces & condiments (mustard, soy sauce, vinegars, mexican chilli sauce, sour cream, olives, capers, anchovies, herbs and spices)
- Coffee beans and tea (plus organic herbal), dark chocolate
- Soda water, WINE, rain water and water filters
3. Once you have your staples then you can let your creative juices flow. Get some cookbooks (sorry, that’s how my life works- I cook fresh and from scratch most of the time and no it’s not hard work. I prefer it). Just have the idea of wholesome, nourishing food in mind. It doesn’t mean boring or time consuming. Two cook books I’m loving for inspo are Donna Hay “Life In Balance” and Jamie Oliver “Everyday Superfood”- I think they have done really well balancing healthy eating and delicious food. Grow up and stop relying on others to TELL YOU what to eat- find what you like and stick with that (and no Hungry Jack’s ain’t on the menu)
4. Remember, there’s also room for treats! If it’s a scoop of ice cream, a wine, a cheese board, dark chocolate, whatever it is enjoy it and make a habit of having something that breaks the momentary of being healthy everyday. Think of the weekly 80/20 principle (80% healthy, nourish eating 20% treats/freedom eating). Don’t abuse this privilege either. Balance works if you do too.
5. This is life- not 10 days or 4 weeks LIFE. Stick with these principles and you will have a happy body year round, LIFE ROUND
6. Focus on foods that make you feel full- these are generally fibre rich. Chia pudding for breakfast is a favourite of mine. Salads with meat, green leafy veg and a sprinkle of beans and seeds
7. Diet plans rarely work long term because they are restrictive and are always easily replicated. If you want to eat protein shakes all day then be my guest but it’s not for me. Also avoid ANY foods that promise to do the work for you- Superfoods, Fat burners or other diet supplements.
8. It’s rare that you will ever out exercise a poor diet, so focus on your 80/20 nutrition plan coupled with exercise at least 4-5 times per week. Circuit training, cardio, weights, yoga are a great balanced structure.
9. If you have really focused on nourishing foods and plenty of exercise and you still have trouble shifting fat, talk to a nutritionist. It could be a intolerance to a particular food messing with your system. If it’s hormonal, a naturopathic consultation will be a big help.
10. I used to be a BIG binge eater and I was also 15+ kilos overweight (read AN OPEN LETTER TO MY FORMER FAT SELF). I was able to combat it- with diet changes, exercise, persistence and self motivation, however it’s not always easy- if you struggle, get help from a nutritionist or psychologist.
At the end of the day, eat to nourish, don’t listen to anyone who tells you have to eat a certain restrictive way to accept your body, exercise and have fun with food- it really doesn’t have to be stressful and scary.
What are your nutrition focuses for 2016?