Clients ask me all the time how I find the time to eat healthily. It’s not necessarily about time… but more the willingness to make a lifestyle change. Of course I fall off the wagon and give into the temptation of chocolate or delicious fish and vinegar chips every now and then. But I’m not putting those guilty treats into my body on a daily basis. You need to be kind to your body not punish it. Food is fuel, and you should consume foods which leave you feeling energetic, healthy and ready to tackle through your day. People who work in offices are at their desks for long hours. Are you one of them? Have you been working away since the morning and it hits around 4.30pm when someone brings out a box of donuts and you reach out for one to accompany your mug of coffee? How do you feel after? Maybe you’ll experience a sugary rush of energy for the next twenty minutes but after that…sluggish, tired, sleepy, irritable?
Maybe your stuck in a daily routine rut? Grab a coffee for breakfast, a subway for lunch, some biscuits and tea in the afternoon, and perhaps something ready to cook from M&S after a long day at work? It’s really not difficult to make changes at all. I swear by this smoothie in the mornings and I make a jug full to either take in a bottle or just pour a quick glass full out in the mornings.
- 6 strawberries
- 1 banana peeled and broken into chunks
- 1 tbsp bio yogurt
- 1 orange juice only/ or cup of orange juice
Blend it all together and your good to go!
I challenge you to tell me that doesn’t look good! It’s a gorgeous pink, fruity glass full of goodness…imagine your body feeling good after downing that instead of a sprite or fanta!
That subway for lunch? Why not pop in a breast of chicken in the oven to grill before you go to bed and in the morning you can slice it and put in a wholemeal pitta with some humous, salad, and tomatoes? Healthier, tastier, gives your more energy and keeps of those pounds.
Eating is a source of pleasure, well it definitely is for me! However I can enjoy a slice of chocolate cake and not feel an ounce of guilt in consuming it….however if I had a brownie after my lunch everyday I know that my energy levels would decrease, I’d feel enormous and start imagining extra weight, and feel generally low. I’ve worked in the city, so I know what the diets are like. A croissant from Pret in the morning… a quick nip to tescos for a sandwich and a chocolate bar…after work drinks…
It’s all about balance…stock up your fridge with yummy fruits, berries, yogurt pots, bags of nuts…these things aren’t hard to fit in your handbag! Have a fridge at work? Better still stock them up there! Plan your dinners…stirfrys are quick easy and can be packed with vegetables and lean meat. Make soup at the weekend and freeze it. Couscous is ridiculously easy to cook…make a bowl full and add some roasted vegetables….
There is no excuse these days to not eat well. Food and wellbeing is covered all across the media especially TV. Organic food is available everywhere, and farmers markets are cropping up all over town selling gorgeous fresh additive free products. Regular exercise and balanced eating is all it takes. A few fresh vegetables and fruit, plenty of water and switching those refined carbs (white bread, pasta, junk food…) for wholemeal, and I promise you that you will notice a spring in your step and a change in your skin tone, energy and mindset.
One thing I find hard to tolerate are fussy eaters- there is an abundance of food out there to try that tastes way better than scoffing simple ham sandwiches and pasta with cheese all day. Allergies are one thing, but being fussy is another. I think you have to try a new food at least three times whether you determine if you like it or not. First time I had calamari, my first instinct was that I wanted to get the rubbery thing straight out my mouth! Second time I had with a seville orange and spice dressing at Bentleys in London? Delicious. Now I love the stuff.
A glass of fresh pomegranate juice and a chicken, red pepper humous and salad wholemeal pitta. Took me literally 20 minutes altogether including prep and cooking meat time, and im full as anything!
After all…you are what you eat, so go experiment, and squeeze out good energy from good foods to put good in your body!