As summer is approaching every girl becomes nervous about ditching our puffy safe guard winter coats for teeny tiny bikinis. I am one of those girls!
Lately I have been feeling extremely lethargic and low on energy due to my lack of motivation to be health conscious. However, I can be honest and say that I do have my “healthy” days where I vow to myself to eat healthy. I also always substitute crappy food for healthier choices. I always stick to skim milk, I never add sugar or aspartame to my coffee, I rarely eat white-based carbs (bread, pasta) and if I do I always take the whole wheat or gluten free option. I used to be a health nut, but lately I am just too tired and too busy to care.
But I do start to care when I have to lie down on my bed to squeeze into my jeans! Did I mention I refuse to buy a new pair? Forget it…my only option is LOOSE THE EXTRA BUDGE!
As I sit and write this blog post I can only think to myself…oh please Diana…give it a day and you will be back in your bed eating chips after a long day. BUT, I promise to try my best to not make my health a chore, rather a priority. I always find that the healthier I eat and the more I exercise..the better I feel to carry out my day without feeling exhausted. So here are some of the tips I will follow to get myself back on track. (None of these tips are to an extreme, they can be easily accomplished) With a kinesiology background..I think I know what I am talking about, however these tips have worked for me personally.
1. Drink a lot of Water
I know ugh everyone says that, but its true. I hate juice and all sugary drinks, especially things like ice caps or highly caloric frapps..so not worth it! Those calories go straight to your butt! Also its better to save the calories for a healthy balanced meal that will actually fill you up and replenish your body. So water it is! Another good thing about water is it helps you flush out a bunch of toxins! I notice that if you eat junk for a few days..your body is only going to crave it the next day and the day after. If you start eating healthy and drink lots of water it will help you kick the habit by flushing out the toxins you have built in your body that are dangerously triggering you to want more!
2. Stop eating after 6:30 pm/ Eat dinner earlier
Don’t eat late at night. It’s a no brainer. There is no point in eating a few hours before you go to bed. This way you can look forward to a healthy breakfast in the morning.
3. Do minimum of 30 mins cardio/ 5 days a week
Just move your butt. It’s a given. You can take 30 minutes out of your day..come on. We all do it to get our nails done or meet a girlfriend for a coffee or drink. Don’t you think having a fit body overrides a cute manicure that chips in like 2 days? Yeah..I think so! I usually stick to the elliptical for 30 to 40 minutes..its a great way to burn off anywhere from 200-400 calories and it really shows you how hard you have to work your body to burn off a meal (especially a high calorie “bad for you kind of meal”)
4. Stay away from bread, pasta, etc
Even if its “whole wheat” or “gluten free” ..you still feel like shit after you eat it. There is no point and there are many other healthy food options you can eat that are nourishing. The truth is..it may seem as though these pastas fill you up…but all they do is starve your body’s cells from what it actually needs…NUTRIENTS!
5. Eat your veggies and fruits
Do I really need to explain why?
6. Cabbage Soup
And I don’t mean just the cabbage soup diet, although those are great if you are trying to lose some weight quickly for an event or to kick start a more steady/moderate diet. Regardless, its always great to incorporate a healthy soup into your diet that can flush toxins in your body just like water. Cabbage soup is a really low calorie soup with hardly any fat in it. Plus all the veggies in it are great for your metabolism.
7. Eat eggs! (Egg whites + one whole egg)
Eggs are a great source of protein, especially if you are a vegetarian such as myself (not vegan). However, whole eggs can be high in cholesterol and calories if you eat a lot of them. My go to trick with eggs is to only eat egg whites (egg without yolk) and add maybe one whole egg rather than 2 or three. Egg white omelettes with spinach are my favourite! Spinach also helps burn fat. It’s a great breakfast option, or if you are anything like me, you can eat it for dinner with a side of veggies.
It looks like tiny pasta or even like couscous. But its not, its super healthy and provides all nine essential amino acids. It also contains twice the fiber of other grains which helps with digestion and that feeling of being full and contained. It also adds great substance to your food much like rice but is a much better and healthier option. The best thing about quinoa is it has twice the calcium as whole wheat! Plus it tastes amazing! So please..do yourself a favour and substitute quinoa instead of rice or pasta. There are several recipes I will share in my next few posts that have quinoa.
9. Ditch the alcohol
Most alcoholic beverages are high in calories and they also make you crave junk food, especially if you have a hangover. Just stay away from binge drinking and you will be fine! One glass of red wine is okay..but try not to push it!
10. Be smart
Make a bigger effort at checking labels, looking at the amount of sugar, fat, calories. Making healthier choices. Avocado as a spread instead of mayo, raw almonds instead of chips, homemade hummus instead of salsa. The little things count!
In the next week I will be trying these various tips and will also be making my cabbage soup as a detox method and from then on will stick to a healthy lifestyle for the summer.
I hope to post some of these recipes sometime soon!