Some Old habits had to go and new ones had to start....
I posted an outfit some weeks ago called "confidence is my new black" and I spoke about my desire to develop a healthy eating lifestyle. With everything that had been going on with my health I knew I really had to step up on my healthy eating game. Some old habits had to go and some had to start. I also knew I had to start eating to boost my metabolism.
Before sharing this post I had already started my healthy eating journey and I must say I have seen a lot of improvements in my energy level and dropped a few bounds.
1. No breakfast: I'm not much of a morning person, therefore eating in the morning was a no no for me. I didn't like it all. It meant I have to get off my bed early to prepare breakfast and I was just never in the mood for that.
2. Not enough water: I was not big on drinking sodas or juices, in fact I was not big on drinking period. Just couldn't be bothered. It wasn't really a habit I grew up with, it just started somewhere in the middle. I only drank anything was after eating and thats if I remembered. Of course when I noticed, I made a conscious decision to start drinking more, which I kept to, but It still wasn't up to the standard two litres a day.
Eating only 2-3 meals a day: For some people this isn't necessarily a bad thing. For me it is. See, if you have a low metabolism, not eating frequently is one of the worse things you can to your body, Especially if yours meals contain mainly (if not only) carbs. You will pack on the fat like a sponge in water. The reason for this because when you don't eat often, a signal is sent to your brain to store the energy because there is no certainty of when the next meal is coming. To top it all up, if you are not a very active person the fat will store more than if you were to move about often during the day.
Chocolate: Ah, yes.....Chocolate. I am not really a sweets girl, and don't really have a taste for sweet things, I don't ever put sugar on my cereal, and I even water down my soda because it's too sweet, but when it comes to chocolate I don't joke around. I'm not talking about the galaxy bars that are pure chocolate....nah. I'm talking about SNICKERS, and chocolate biscuits like digestives and breakaway, kitkat, twix, m&ms, and my favourite KINDER BUENO. Hmmm......>>LET IT GO, LET IT GO O<<
1. Wake with water: A glass of water when I wake up in the morning 30mins before having breakfast helps a lot. It helps to clear out my system and I do feel refreshed internally. It also helps me kick start my metabolism without having to eat anything.
2. Two litres or more a day: Yass People!!! I have been able to achieve my long desired aim 😭😭. "I would Like to thank God for his grace, and my mum and my dad and my....". I now drink a minimal of 2 litres of water a day. How? I make sure I drink half a litre every 2-3 hours, and drink a half to glass of water before eating.
3. Eat 5-6 times a day: What?😶 And this is better...how? 🤔 I had the same thought too. I'll explain how it works. The food is broken down into smaller potions through out the day, which keep your metabolism running and you feel full for longer. Also replacing the pure carbs for some fruits and vegs during the day helps boost your immunity and overall health. You are eating more, but with less calorie intake. So swap bowl of rice for some fruit then a couple of hours later, a cup of rice and vegs (the vegs should be more than the rice with a 2:1 ratio). This way you are full and have eating considerably less calories than just a big bowl of rice and chicken (swap the drumstick/thigh for chicken breast).
4. Not waiting till I'm hungry: Oooo.......boy did I do this a lot. I wouldn't prepare anything and literally wait till when I felt like I could eat a horse before making something to eat. The bad thing about that is when you are hungry.....very hungry, EVERYTHING LOOKS GOOD. You want to eat every things and you want to eat it now (If you are not very patient like me). Before done cooking, I would have already eating, a chocolate bar with is equivalent in calories to the food I'm about to eat. "The biscuits also look good, I'll just take a couple", and half the packet is gone😪.
Once I wake up in the morning or the night before I prep my meals so I know what I am eating and at what time. If anything needs to go in the oven, you bet it's already roasting 😋.
5. Treats/cheat meals: Lets face it. I can't give up chocolate, and why should I? Once in a while I treat myself to a cube of chocolate or a couple of biscuits (literarily 2 single biscuits) to keep my urge in check. If I don't, before i know it I will become a food munger sitting in front of the fridge stuffing my face in the middle of the night. Yep, that was me. 'All things are pasted away, and, Behold all things have become new', 2 Corinthians 5 vs 17.
6. Meal preps: I can't emphasis this enough. It will help you to keep disciplined and you won't spend unnecessarily on "on the go" fast foods. Plus it means food is ready when you need it. No time wasting on contemplating on what to eat or nibbling on well....everything before dinner is ready. Guilty (was😁).
So there it is guys, my journey has begun. Join me xx.