Do you guys remember the post I did a couple of weeks back on Malavika's #100healthydays? - well 39 days later and she is going strong. I told you guys she had inspired me and I would like to share the great news with you- I am on day 9! April 14th was the 1st day. Easter weekend was very tough what with so much good food around and not being home most of the time but I controlled quantities to help and what I found amazing was that I simply didn't need to pig out as I had spent the week training my body to expect a little less food and some better foods.... What am I doing differently on a daily basis at the start of this challenge?
I have a smoothie every day for breakfast for a major energy boost instead of skipping breakfast and going insane by lunch as I used to do. I sip on my smoothie for a while, making it last- and I have some vitamins after. The smoothies are random. I try and get in some calcium, a fruit serving, and a vegetable serving topped up with some chia seeds or goji berries. If you need a good formula- check this out.
Lunch consists of either soup, a salad, kebabs, a healthy sandwich, stir fried veggies or whatever low carb/high fibre meal I can have at the time depending on work. It is important to note here that I used to eat a very heavy lunch because I was skipping breakfast. Terrible I know. But I am just being honest.
With lunch being light and fairly early, I tend to get hungry late afternoon so I choose 1 of these as a snack: carrots, a couple of almonds, 2 clementines, an apple, kale chips (feel like air but hey- I still technically ate something), a piece of cheese, sandwich meat, a fruit yoghurt etc
Dinner is normal-ish for me- which is why I focus so much on what else I am putting in me the rest of the day. I figured out early on that in doing the 100 day healthy challenge right- I need to make small sustainable changes in my lifestyle and dinner was not going to be the first one to amend. Both the husband and I are usually exhausted and want a nice meal to share as we spend time together or watch our fave tv show or go out somewhere. So what have I changed for dinner? a small change: I make sure my plate looks appropriate. By that I mean doing this in the best way you can:
Now if you're like me, you might say, well that is easy enough with a piece of baked chicken, a potato and salad or mixed vegetables, but how the heck do I do this with ethnic food or other creations? We eat a fusion of cuisines (obviously) at home so some times there might be lentil curry and rice or chicken biryani or a lasagne for dinner. How am I handling that? As I said, dinner is normal-ish. For example, I did make a chicken, vegetable and rice casserole a couple of night back and it had everything in it but definitely more starch than should be on this plate right? But I knew what I had the whole day and that I had not had any carbs; therefore, I took out how much I wanted to eat and then halved it. That is what you can also do to help when you're looking at a plate of mixed food/1 pot meals that you cannot segment easily.
Why am I making these changes as inspired by #100healthydays and sharing them with you without any fear of embarrassment?
1. I need to lose the fat I have gained in the last 1.5 years for aesthetic reasons as well as for my health in the long run.
2. I find it very hard to make huge changes drastically and so I am making little changes day by day.
3. Sharing my success and failures with you makes me accountable and I need your encouragement!
4. I want to be strong and healthy so I can feel good again.
5. Flash forward 100 days: I want to find it easy to eat a balanced diet and control portions without a second thought + be able to actually work out properly and for it to be part of my routine completely. If I lose any weight- that is a huge plus.
What is next?
Adding working out to my challenge because it's about food + staying active. This will be the hardest part for me. I need all the help and motivation I can get. Expect an update every week from me!
hAPPY eATING & kEEP sMILING
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