Can’t seem to stick to your yearly summer diet detox?
ANOTHER Monday morning, another attempt to wash away the weekend’s binge eating with a declaration of a new diet and detox – only to be back on the doughnuts by midday.
Hopefully, this post will help you out to achieving a more long term healthy lifestyle, with no restrictions and pain! Adopting a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be so extreme, unwavering and daunting.
It’s all about balance, so if you enjoy everything then you shouldn’t ever feel bad for indulging and enjoying a meal out.
These are my top tips for boosting your health and nutrition intake without it taking over your life.
1. Treat yourself in a healthier way
Skipping all birthday meals out is no joyful way to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
Learning to let yourself indulge now and again in a healthier way can stop relapses and a total bad food binge.
Eating out? Pick a meal with veggies included. Fancy a sweet treat? Fruits, fruit/nuts bars, naturally sweetened chocolate muffins/cake are delicious, without resorting to over-processed, unrefined foods. You can have a look at my dessert section of the blog for some inspo!
2. Do NOT eliminate foods from your diet, but ADD in good foods
Simply adding one extra portion of fruit or veg to every meal, which is easy but it really adds up. Don’t forget guacamole and baked sweet potato wedges count as veggies too, it’s not all about kale!
3. Don’t skip breakfast
Just like the old saying says: fail to prepare is to prepare to fail! Well, the same goes for healthy eating. When we’re hungry and time deprived, that’s when we turn to quick fix processed foods often lacking in nutritional value.
Start the day on a positive note by prepping the night before. For breakfast, granola and yoghurt are an ideal option, as you can add in fresh fruit too or a little maple syrup. Super versatile and can be made in less than two minutes! I also like to have avocado on rye toast on mornings where I have more time or chocolate banana smoothies with hazelnut milk! So delicious and no guilt whatsoever.
4. Sweat it out with shorter workouts
If the belief that you need to spend an hour or more in the gym to get in shape is the reason you’re not working out consistently, here’s some good news: it doesn’t actually take that long.
All you really need is 15 to 30 minutes of intense exercise, like high-intensity interval training (HIIT), to get fitter than you ever thought possible.
HIIT is the perfect solution for anyone who’s ever avoided the gym just because they didn’t have an hour to work out.