Saturday, 17 January 2015

The elements of my forever journey

So here is the plan


* Low GI - choosing slow burning carbs. Goodbye wheat basically. Wheat is my enemy. I will have good bread occasionally alongside a healthy meal.

* High protein - I am concentrating on non meat sources of protein during the day and saving meat for night time. Mainly to keep me away from the shops during the day.

* Loads of vegetables and fruit - I am aiming for 5-10 portions per day. I am making sure I have vegetables at lunch as well as in the evening. Fruit is for flavour and comfort. I love fruit but I can eat too much so I need to keep balanced.

*Nuts and coconut products - my wonderful sister reintroduced me to real peanut butter. No salt, no sugar, as well as other nut butters and spreads. Portion control essential of course, but there are so many things out there to try. I am enjoying using coconut oil in baking and cooking.

* Seeds - linseed (flaxseed), sunflower, pumpkin and chia seeds - anymore I should know about?

I am cutting down on dairy and trying different milks. I am also avoiding cheese for now as I cannot do portion control with cheese as yet. I am sure I will get there but at the moment it's just not going to happen. I am avoiding salt for the most part, in particular processed foods containing salt. I have banned bacon and processed meats for now. I am also avoiding butter. I love butter but I find controlling the amount again pretty difficult so better not to eat it.

I am avoiding sucrose for the most part and trying different sugars in tiny amounts, such as baking treats and on my porridge in the morning.

I am using my slow cooker loads and loads. I am cooking enough for my husband to have for lunch and me to take to work. I am keeping a food diary and tracking my exercise.

I can't afford a gym membership or the time. I am building in as much walking as I can and doing interval running. I am doing yoga and I will get a fit ball soon. Joseph is helping me with my exercise which is great.

I am keeping a photo log on Instagram, and using social media when I feel weak. I figure if I take a picture of what is tempting me I have 8000 of you potentially to tell me to step away from the pastries.

So far I have cheated exactly no times at all nor have I been tempted to.

My food is delicious, filling and nutritious. Everyone is being kind and supportive.

I am still scared, but I am staying strong.

I have to do this.


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