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Before I get started, I have linked all the previous posts in this series if you would like to have a read of those ones as well:
- Getting Fit | A Few Things to Consider
- Getting Fit | Motivation
- Getting Fit | My Top 5 Instagram Fitness Bloggers
- Getting Fit | How to Fight Cravings
- Getting Fit | 3 Things Not to Say to People Who Are Trying to Lose Weight
- Getting Fit |How I Clean Up My Diet
- Getting Fit |My Top 5 Snacks
- Getting Fit | 3 Things Not to Say to People Who Are Trying to Lose Weight | Part 2
Disclaimer: Under no circumstances am I a professional so if you do start to workout or a food plan make sure to consult with a professional before starting. You are perfect the way you are and in writing this series I am not trying to say that everyone needs to work out or be on a food plan. The final say really comes down to your health, needs, wants and most importantly you. If you don’t what to workout or go on a food plan then don’t; as long as your doctor or nutritionist clears you.
So the question is:
How easy (or hard) was it for you to find a balance between eating as healthy as you can and a “normal” life (if life can be called normal)?
I personally find it very hard. Eating healthy requires me to basically change my whole life around. I am a very unhealthy person so finding the balance is very tricky.
As a uni student who lives with her parents, I have quite minimal expenses. I am so so grateful for that. This means that any money that I earn can literally go to anything I want. However, for the last 4 or so years, I have spent the majority of my payslip on food. This is the biggest habit I have had to break. Fast track to today, I really only spent money on caffeine, chips, chocolate, soft drinks and milkshakes (in terms of food).
Although I still buy food, I am actually quite sensitive to oily food, dairy, and sugary foods. I get so bloated that I can’t move, I get acene, I feel so nauseous, I can’t breathe properly and more. I basically feel like a slug. My dilemma is that I love these foods: caffeine, chips, chocolate, soft drinks and milkshakes.
I think it is all about moderation. You don’t have to cut out carbs or only eat a boring old salad. You only really get one life. So make the most of it. I think it is to eat unhealthy foods in moderation. For instance, if I know that I am going out for dinner then I will make an effort to eat healthy as possible for my other meals of that day, drink my 2-3 L of water and avoid any “unnecessary” snacking. Not only does this make me feel less guilty about ‘not following my diet’ but it also allows me to peacefully enjoy the dinner.
For the days that I know some social occasion is going to happen, I eat intuitively. I know that there are people who eat intuitively as a lifestyle. It is basically a diet that is more of a way of life. You essentially eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. You eat for your satisfaction but not to have a calorie deficit diet. This works for me, and I am noticing that I am a lot less bloated and all just after half a week.
Listening to My Body
This is part of intuitive eating technically but I just want to outline it again. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. If you are genuinely hungry, eat. If you are peckish, drink a glass of water and if you are still hungry then have a snack. If you are bored, don’t eat. For more refer to one of my previous posts on how to fight cravings but I think it is useful to also determine if you are actually hungry or not.
Although it sounds easy on paper, I really find it hard to stick to my grounds and be disciplined. The hard thing is that there is a very fine line between moderation, intuitive eating and listening to my body and overeating. I personally eat a lot of food, and the idea is to slowly reduce my portion side but in such a way that I am not starving myself.
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