Wednesday, 28 January 2015

What can you actually eat...?

So, yesterday's post was pretty much me summing up how I plan to change every aspect of my life in the next few months. No biggie. Essentially I do, but I see it as more of a forwards leap than a complete u-turn. I mentioned that I want to get fit again and this week it has officially begun. As we speak I'm sitting here with aching legs and burning abs (or lack of). Let's also just take a moment to appreciate that my journey to the gym involves SO much traffic due to temporary lights. My favourite kind of traffic - so reliable and expected.

I feel like a bit of a fraud at the moment though, as I've had numerous people ask for health and fitness advice and I'm like "oh it's eaaasy, do this...", when really I'm trying to resurrect my gym identity myself. We are long lost best friends who must rekindle our flame. Knee injury gone (fingers crossed) so let the rekindling begin.

I often get asked how to stay slim yet eat so much (awkward - people are noticing that I always have a mouth full of food) and - especially once I admit I'm vegan - I can't count the number of times I've been asked to create diet plans for friends and even strangers I haven't met. Everyone is different, but I thought I would give some tips based on what seems to work for me. Prepare to gasp and say "what DO you eat?":

1) I don't eat meat or fish. Yes, I get the "but where do you get your protein?" questions on a regular basis... don't get me started. I've been vegetarian all my life: It started with a stubborn two year old, it now continues with an even more stubborn 25 year old. I won't go all Preachy Pauline on you, but there are so many reasons to avoid it; both for health reasons and for all the hippy 'I love the planet' stuff. Personally, the idea of eating an animal also makes me want to vom. Enough said.

2) I don't eat dairy. This was primarily due to an allergy but I wouldn't eat it even if given the choice. I know, this means no cheese, no chocolate, basically anything you would deem a treat. Trust me though, there are plenty of healthy alternatives, and your body stops craving things after a while anyway. I could do a whole post just on dairy, but just think: Why are we are the only species to drink another species' milk, not to mention into adulthood? It's not good for us - there are plenty of studies to back that up - and we can get calcium from other sources that are. It also goes without saying that if you want to be slim you should probably back away from the Camembert and bars of Dairy Milk.

3) Speaking of chocolate, I also limit my sugar intake. I'm conscious of the sugar content of everything I put into my body, and never touch sweets, fizzy drinks etc. It's not even deprivation, I actively dislike it. If anything, I feel disgust at the food industry for making this generation so addicted to something that is so bad for us. It makes me feel horrible and I think I only realised this once I actually decided to quit the white stuff. If I fancy something sweet, I stick to low GI fruits as they contain fibre for slow absorption and therefore don't cause that blood sugar spike. When it does, the body releases insulin... and insulin makes you store fat. This also works similarly for simple carbs (i.e. white bread) which spike your blood sugar much more quickly than complex ones (wholemeal - who doesn't love a seeded bread?).

On a side note, please do not replace sugar with sweeteners; they are just as bad and will not help you lose weight. That's without even mentioning Aspartame (google it).

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I planned to go into what I do eat too, and trust me there's plenty, but my fingers are achin' and I fear I will end up with a novel if I keep going. More to come in a future post once I'm less of a zombie (must be that lack of protein making me tired...)

4 comments:

  1. this is such a great post, I've been really trying to change what I eat recently as well. I've totally gone of sugary foods, the thought also disgusts me. would love if you could check out my fashion blog? :)

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    1. Thank you! Definitely keep going, it makes such a difference to how you feel. I will check it out now :)

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  2. I've always believed there are just as many health issues that come along with not eating meat and fish and there are with it, but that's just my opinion and I like hearing peoples opinions on it! I enjoyed reading this post as well, I really need to cut down on my sugar intake, I've been eating so many sweets recently and I don't know why because I've never really been that much of a sweet tooth before!

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    1. Sugar is addictive, right?

      I do agree to an extent, but I think people just need to be educated on what they may be deficient in as a result. Obviously someone could eat crisps and sweets all day and technically be vegan but that would in no way be healthy. I actually think most of the health associated with changing to a vegetarian/vegan diet is just education on diet in general, not specifically not eating meat or fish.

      Everyone's body reacts differently anyway, and I like hearing other opinions too, so thanks for your comment :)

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