You might remember my post about starting running, something that I’ve managed to keep up since October, which for me is a huge achievement. I’ve never really exercised consistently before, and after 5 months of doing just that, I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere. I still can’t run much over 5k without my legs giving up on me, but I feel fitter and healthier – I sleep better and I’m more active in my free time. When I realised it was just 3 months until I was off on holiday with 8 friends, a combination of girls and boys, the pressure kicked in a notch higher – I’ve never had a bikini body before, but I was also never that bothered. This year, I’m also a bridesmaid to my sister, so there was double the incentive.
Around a year ago, I was at my slimmest. I’d lost bang on 2 stone on Slimming World, which was amazing – but I’ll admit, 9-10lbs have crept back on since. I’m nowhere as heavy as I was, but I’m not as trim as I was last spring. Although Slimming World produces amazing results, I’ve always thought it was a pretty unhealthy diet. It’s almost low sugar, high carb – so you cut the biscuity chocolately crap but you fill up on pasta, potatoes and rice. I had to ‘syn’ fresh porridge, or avocados, but I could happily eat a super artificial Muller Light yoghurt or processed low fat cheese. Although it produced results I wanted to see, it didn’t seem to be sitting right with me this year. Feeling healthier from running and having more of a routine, I was struggling to get back on board with such a processed way of eating. There’s only so much pasta a girl can eat!
I’ve toyed with clean eating before – it seems so simple to me. Anything man-made is a no no, and all that is natural and fresh, you can eat. It eliminates nasty additives and artificial ingredients but still leaves you with tasty, wholesome food. Over the last two weeks I’ve been making a real effort to eat cleaner, in an attempt to adjust the potentially negative mindset Slimming World set me in. I’ve been having smoothies, Greek yoghurt, honey, avocados (praise the lord), cold meat, curries and even these amazing peanut based energy bites for a sweet treat. And I have to say, I love it. Although I’m yet to really delve into any complicated recipes, the fresh meals and snacks I’ve been putting together have been tastier than anything I’ve eaten on Slimming World. Soups, curries and stir fries which I can take leftover for work the next day are working wonders and I’m actually looking forward to lunch again.
Evaluating my relationship with food over the last couple of weeks has made life simpler for me. I’ve looked at how I was eating, and which aspects could be traded for fresher, more natural ingredients. I’ll admit, you can’t walk into Tesco Express and pick up lunch easily, but at least I’m no longer trawling calories for ‘syn’ values. I still get sweet treats like honey and homemade peanut butter, but I know it’s good for me in moderation. No more counting or synning! I’m hoping to post some recipes as I start to try more clean recipes, starting with my energy bites (they’re incredible!). I’m taking a trip to the Asian supermarket this week to stock up on bits and bobs – coconut oil and milk, peanuts, flax/chia seeds, shredded coconut. It’s so much cheaper and you can buy in much bigger quantities. Worth a look!
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