My philosophy on healthy living lays firmly in the belief that you should allow yourself a bit of everything on occasion – including all the bad stuff (bread and chocolate are my personal nemeses). For me, food is not merely a fuel, but something I enjoy in its totality – shopping for it, cooking it, and of course eating it – and eating out is one of my all time favourite hobbies, so who am I to deny myself that!
For the majority of the week, probably 6 days out of 7, I follow a low white carb/starch diet, which means I don’t eat wheat, potatoes or white rice. No croissants, pastries, sandwiches, pizza, or pasta!!! The no-wheat is really what I struggle the most with.
This is what an average day from my food diary looks like:
- Pre-workout Snack: Small smoothie with added protein, topped with nuts or seeds; or if it’s super early, a banana and 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter
- Post-workout Breakfast: Small bowl of porridge topped with fruit; or a small bowl of granola topped with fruit
- Lunch: High in protein – for example 2 eggs, half avocado, and some smoked salmon. Or often enough I eat the leftovers from dinner the night before.
- Snack: Carrot sticks and hummus, or a handful of granola, or a handful of nuts, etc.
- Dinner: Meat/fish with a salad and small portion of carbs – for example yesterday’s dinner was homemade indian chicken, brown rice, and a chopped cucumber and tomato salad with greek yoghurt.
As I mentioned earlier, trying out new restaurants is a love of mine, and once in a while it is more than okay to go out and eat whatever you want. What balances out the occasional cheat meal is dedication to exercise and the gym. By keeping active your metabolism works at a higher rate – even on your days off – allowing you to indulge without feeling too guilty. My personal routine sees me at the gym for around an hour and a half, 5 days a week – usually spending around 20-30 minutes on cardio and the rest on weight based training. Everyone is different, but I find weight-based training far more beneficial than cardio, as you begin to see visual results much quicker.
Diet and exercise has to work to the individuals needs and within their everyday life, which is why it is near impossible to say this is what you should do to live a healthy lifestyle. However, there are some basics that run true whatever diet you have:
- Become hypersensitive to what and when you eat
- Eat good quality food
- Control your appetite and food intake through planning
- Regular exercise
The trick to living a healthier lifestyle is finding what works for you. Good luck!