So many people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. Why do so many of them fail? How many times have you said this…… “On New Year’s day I’m going to change everything” me too! Although the right mindset is imperative if you really are going to make a difference, you also need to be realistic & give yourself achievable goals.
Start with small changes, for example, day one, cut out chocolate & replace it with a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit. Spend some time educating yourself about what needs changing in your diet, what’s healthy & what’s not. As a busy mum, I understand the difficulty in always having healthy & “clean” food available. Most of us need to be able to turn to the fridge and have something to hand there and then. They key is preparation! How many times have you heard the saying “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail” Set aside a couple of hours, 2 days a week to plan & prepare what you are going to eat for the next few days. What is a clean diet? For me it contains mostly unprocessed, whole foods. Here is a list of some things I always try to make sure I have some of in the fridge/cupboard after a shopping trip.
GRAINS AND PROTEINS
Quinoa (also a protein source)
Peanut Butter (Natural, Organic)
tomatoes (plum and grape)
various other vegetables (Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, whatever you like)
extra-virgin olive oil
red pepper flakes
apple cider vinegar
red wine vinegar
Solgar Multi vitamins
Strawberry Soya Whey
Remember you don’t have to throw everything out and start from scratch in ONE day. Switching to a clean diet can be challenging and even a little expensive at first. Give it time, and take it easy on yourself. Start by saying goodbye to a few evils: Chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, This doesn’t mean you can’t detour every now and then… you decide what works best for you & find a happy medium xoxoxo