In our BARE Guide community every day, I hear women speak about how happy they are to have ditched the exhausting and obsessive calorie counting/diet approach and have now moved to a more balanced and realistic eating regime…and actually lost weight, improved their relationship with food and are in a much better mental, emotional and physical place.
Too many people out there are putting their focus on counting calories when trying to be ‘healthy’, instead of just enjoying good, delicious, healthy food. However, I DO believe it is good to do your research into what goes into your body. This might just be a listening to a few podcasts around health, learning how to read food labels, researching ingredients and what they can do for your body. Simple knowledge like this will help you learn how to better treat your body from the inside out.
Being healthy and trying to lose weight should be less about restricting yourself and more about eating a balanced variety of foods and sporting a good exercise regime anywhere between 4 -5 times a week. Doing this over time, without restriction will help you have a happy and healthy relationship with food and will more than likely promote weight loss.
Sometimes it’s not the foods we’re eating that are preventing us from losing weight, yet the portion sizes. If you want to enjoy all of your favourite foods like burgers, curries and pastas, you can too, in a healthy way. As there is no one size shoe fits all with health and weight-loss it’s important we listen to our bodies, as we should know best… An example of this is If you don’t feel like snacking throughout the day because you’re not hungry, simply don’t snack!
Personally I exercise 4-5 times a week and enjoy a good variety of delicious foods. I’ll typically enjoy breakfast, two snacks, lunch and dinner each and every day. Eating like this allows me to feel full and satisfied within my diet and also keeps my cravings to a minimum.
Below is an example of what I would eat in a day and I’m so excited about each and every meal.. that’s how it should be!
Breakfast - Blueberry Overnight Oats
If you're looking for a quick on the go breakfast that still tastes amazing.. These Blueberry Overnight Oats are a must.
Snack 1 - Banana and Blueberry Bread (1 slice)
My infamous Banana and Blueberry Bread, I don't think I could go a day without eating this. The perfect healthy snack to keep you energised until lunch time. Try not to eat too many slices!
Lunch - Spicy Beef with Rice and Veggies
Looking for a delicious rice dish?! Look no further, the flavours in this are absolutely insane. Another quick and easy, healthy lunch that is meal prep friendly too. This is perfect for those that love a little bit of heat too.
Snack 2 - Peanut Butter Protein Balls (2 balls)
Mmm I'm currently salivating just looking at these. Ever looking for a 3pm pick me up? Here they are! These Peanut Butter Protein Balls will help you stay energised at work when you're getting those 3pm energy slumps.
Dinner - Mediterranean Pasta
We all know I'm a self-confessed pasta lover! This has to be one of my favourite pasta dishes, honestly. Super fresh, quick, easy and most importantly nutritionally healthy! I love whipping up a quick pasta like this.. Especially given the weather is getting colder now!
How good does that sound? As you can see, I listen to my body and eat to suit my cravings each and every day! Who needs to diet, when you're eating delicious healthy food like the above?!
A delicious, healthy, fun and supportive food regime combined with regular exercise will help promote weight loss!