After yesterdays soppy post I thought I’d do an actual tips and tricks post for those of you who have asked me how I’ve done it, lots of you girls (and guys too) have asked me for some advice and so this is my totally 100% honest account of my Healthy Quest and what I’ve done on my journey over the last 11 months.
I’ve gone from a size 22 to a healthy size 12 for me personally. I now have a healthy BMI and have lost a total of 6 stone (84 pounds).
The first steps…
> I decided to write a list of reasons why embarking on a healthy quest would be a positive thing for me, I really recommend doing this.. it’s good to really think about why you want/need to make a change. Also I wrote down what kind of future I wanted and my goals and targets to give me a focus.
> Secondly I decided to throw out all my crap food.. white refined carbs/sugars/hydrogenated fats such as white pasta, bread, sugar, butter, biscuits.. absolutely everything that wasn’t nutritional or healthy. It felt sad at first but then actually it felt good and there was an emotional kind of shift in my brain that actually I was choosing to not let my body be a bin for unhealthy food and to physically throw it away made that next step more real.
> Next.. I went and got myself some exercise clothes and trainers for running/yoga etc, a basic starter kit.
> My first healthy shop – I decided to look up healthy and nutritious recipes and get inspired.. everything from instagram, pinterest, theres a wealth of fab ideas online and most of it’s there and free! I made a week of meal plans and did an online shop, then went to Infinity to stock up on some healthy boost essentials.
> I got moving – I decided to start doing at least half hours exercise a day, I got off my bum off the sofa and onto the running track, started out power walking, then jogging, then running, remembering to stretch, warm up, cool down with yoga.
Instead of any fad diets or plans I decided to keep it simple, eating better. I just started being mindful of what I was putting into my body – making healthy choices, thinking of food as fuel to energize, heal and protect my body and immune system from a nutritional perspective, also to really enjoy and appreciate real food.
Whole Foods – eating as much fresh, healthy organic produce as possible, fruit, veggies,nuts, beans, pulses and raw foods.
Eating Less Meat – choosing to go veggie/vegan for most meals, eating healthy protein alternatives and choosing ethically produced and sustainable farmed fish or shellfish on my pescitarian days where my body craves those essential fatty acids and omega 3.
Eating Less Dairy – choosing dairy free alternatives such as rice, soy, almond, hazelnut milk and vegan butters/mayo.
Sweet Treats – Instead of super sugary milk chocolate, sweets, cakes, biscuits etc, swapping to delicious homemade flapjacks, bars, fresh fruit, dark chocolate, dates, nakd and raaw bars and energy balls, yogurt and granola, manuka honey etc, sugarfree muffins,
Healthy Snacking – instead of sugary/salty/fatty snacks eating better to fill the gap, choosing things like carrott sticks and houmous, grapes and sunflower seeds, sunbites, food doctor pittas with avocado etc.
Breakfast – I used to often skip breakfast or if I did eat brekky I’d eat sugary cereals, bacon sarnies, so I decided to get in loads of healthy smoothie and juice ingredients including powders and flax etc and have one every day, lots of greens and healthy stuff to give me a boost. So many ideas online!! You don’t even need a nutribullet – you can just use a regular hand blender. Sometimes if I’m feeling flash I’ll have granola, organic gluten free mesa sunrise or wholegrain cereals with yogurt, dried fruit or cinnamon and blueberry wholewheat pancakes.
Drinks – I used to love sprite, cola and sugary pop, so I swapped to coconut water, organic juices, naked smoothies, sugar free drinks, activate, vitamin drinks, yogi and herbal teas, and lots and lots of WATER.
Making Swaps –
❤ white carbs such as bread/pasta/couscous to wholewheat pasta, couscous, quinoa, bulgar wheat, wholegrain pittas, rye bread, sweet potatoes etc.
❤ refined sugar to manuka honey, organic coconut sugar, stevia, agave.
❤ sunflower oil/butter to organic hemp oil and coconut oil.
FREE & FUN MOVEMENT – I decided I needed to choose do-able and fun methods of exercise as I knew it would be the only way I would stick to it as I’ve never really been a fitness girl. I also didn’t want to pay any money for a gym membership and I wanted to everything myself.
RUNNING – Running was the way I lost the first few stone, not only was it the greatest way to get out and about and feel free, it also was so nice seeing the progression in my fitness over the weeks, feeling stronger and being able to run longer distances.
YOGA – Not only is yoga amazing for your body, muscles and for toning but it’s amazing for core strength, flexibility and general wellness, I just watched some tutorials online and then did it after every run, even out in the park.
YOUTUBE WORKOUTS – Literally a wealth of amazing workout vids online, absolutley every kind of exercise video you can think of, and you can do these all from the comfort of your own living room! I’ve been able to make my own little routines working every body part, from legs, booty, tum, core and arms etc. Plus there are some really fun ones like bollywood dance, zumba, bootyshakers etc.
WEIGHTS – I got myself some weights to tone up my arms, back and shoulders and it’s really good for muscle, getting rid of flabby bits and general strength, you can also use them for booty shaping, squats, dead lifts etc.
SWIMMING – The only exercise I pay for, I see it as a spa day as it’s £5 for a swim, sauna and steam room and that for me is a little luxury, I can go there..do my lengths, work out my entire body, relax my muscles and then unwind and relax. Heaven.
❤ I hope this has helped a little peeps, you got this! If you need any other tips or recipes or anything don’t hesistate to message me … lots and lots of love Sal 🙂 xxx