Welcome… This week will be slightly different I have not jumped on the scales but I am very pleased with my 12lbs that I mislaid…lol
However...Healthy eating should be the priority and the habit of a lifetime…No fads, no weighing every day or week and then beating yourself up because you haven’t lost anything.
It is about being aware of what you are eating and knowing if what you are eating is improving your health. It is not about removing whole food groups from our diets we need a healthy well-balanced diet to be at our optimum health.
What really matters is Our well being, Our Blood Pressure figure, Our cholesterol, Our blood sugar, Our inflammation markers.
Believe it or not thin people are NOT exempt from any of those … I know people who are as thin as thin and boast about how many doughnuts they eat in a day…
Does that mean because they are thin they do not have high Blood pressure or cholesterol or problems with their blood sugar?
NO, it damn well doesn’t!
Of course, you will probably lose weight if you improve your eating habits…That is a bonus and a great one…
BUT…the true tests for your health and wellness…
How many of these can you say a resounding yes to??
- I sleep better
- I can walk faster and further
- I can walk up and down the stairs without getting out of breath.
- I can play ball with my kids
- I have clearer brighter skin
- 1 have an increased sex drive
- I have less or no joint pain
- I have more money
- I feel less stressed
- I have more energy
These are all benefits of healthy eating… Your aim should be to feel better, to be able to play with your kids or grandkids any weight loss is a bonus.
But how do we feel when we try to cut out or down we feel yuk! But it is a habit and a dependency on Junk food… We are Junkies.
What is a junkie? A person with a compulsive habit or obsessive dependency on something.
I am now going to talk about Junk Food.
When you stop eating sugar-laden food or processed foods you will get withdrawal symptoms you may experience sadness, irritability, tiredness, cravings…
Similar feelings to what anyone who tries to give up cigarettes, alcohol or drugs…You will experience Sugar Withdrawal and the first few days are always the worst …
It will get better!
I haven’t eaten Haribos or digestive biscuits(graham crackers) to some of my readers since I began my healthy eating drive… I even walk down that aisle now and can stop, look and walk on… It was hard the other day as they had those bright red strawberries and I did pick up the pack AND put it back…but if you really want that packet of sweets then have it BUT don’t feel guilty and see if you can limit how much of the pack you do eat…share it! that’s a good idea it means you feel good and eat less of them…Try it!
I gave myself a pat on the back and thought about what I really fancied which would also be good for me…All the food which is good for our health is not tasteless like cardboard there are some really nice, tasty alternatives… There really are maybe try and make a list of what you really like and think about what you also like that you could replace it with…
Food should be enjoyable no one will stick to any eating plan if they don’t like what they eat… We are all different what I love you may not and vice versa…
We are in this together so let’s help each other out…
Interestingly I read the other day that after all these years Weight Watchers has changed its name to …WW
Wellness that Works!
Will this be a complete and utter overhaul?
My question is are they no longer having weekly weigh-ins? Will, there be no slimmer of the week, month, or year?
Will they be using BP and cholesterol as markers?
I will be watching with interest because Wellness is different from Weight Loss…
Have we got any WW here who would be able to explain that to us??? We would love to know…
I hope you have found this interesting and I love to read your comments…So please let us know what you find easy or difficult…
Lastly, are you keeping those food diaries? Does it help? Struggling?
Compare this picture and be honest what would you rather eat? This or the Junk food above I don’t mind if you say the junk food…But what do you want to enjoy that burger or can of coke or be healthy??? Even if you feel healthy and know you eat a lot of junk do me a favour and get yourself a health check sometimes we need that call…
Pasta and Pesto
Pasta cooks really quickly and pesto keeps in the fridge for up to a week.
A quick tip…To stop the basil from turning brown Blanche the leaves in some hot water and then into cold…
A quick pesto recipe:
To make the pesto, combine basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
So take some rocket or other greens a few tomatoes and maybe a shallot finely chopped, top with some pasta and pour over some pesto…
Quick and easy and tasty.
Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments x