With the wellness world forever growing and the insane pressure on society to be ‘healthy’ and of a particular size, it is no wonder that what might potentially start as an innocent kick start to a healthy lifestyle, it can turn into something harmful. There are hundreds of different diets out there – Atkins, Paleo, 5:2, ‘clean’ eating, weight watchers… to name a few-so it’s no wonder it can be an absolute minefield as to what we should be doing, where to start and second guessing our own interceptive awareness to follow something that we might believe to have benefit to us. The word ‘diet’ can be an ever facing demon.
Although it is great to be mindful of nutrition and nourish our bodies with certain foods, it’s more beneficial to have a good relationship with food and by that I mean all food. Obsessive behaviours with food can spiral out of control and can take control of thoughts, emotions and behaviours. So what does a good relationship with food mean/look like?
The beginning of the year is always a time you say 'I'll eat healthier this year' or 'I'm going on a diet, I need to lose weight'.. but how long is it before you've gone back to your old ways? And then later down the line start a new 'diet'.
I've put together 5 tips on how to keep on track..
1. Stop calling it a 'diet'. The word automatically comes with negative connotations and you've mentally already said to yourself it's something that is going to be short term. Mentally tell yourself it's going to be a 'lifestyle change' and think about the positive outcome eating well is going to have on your overall health and well-being.
2. Don't count Calories! All calories are made up differently, and they are only a measure of how much 'energy' the food contains. Therefore something may be 'less calorific' but it isn't as energy dense, and may not be as nutritious for you as other food you could have chosen with the same 'calorie number'. Our bodies also treats all calories differently, high cal...
It's easy to not have enough time in the morning for a nutritious breakfast, or fancy something sweet that isn't filled with sugar! Well this Chia seed pudding is perfect to satisfy both of those criteria's! Make it the night before, or a few days before to give it sometime to set! My Top Tip: Make it in an empty peanut butter/jam jar!
- 200g Greek Yoghurt (My favourites are fage or skyr)
-100ml Almond Milk (Coconut milk will also work)
-2 teaspoons chia seedss
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-Optional - Cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder (if you fancy a chocolatey one!)
-Small handful of berries
-Small handful of chopped nuts
-Mix Greek Yoghurt, almond milk and cinnamon in a blender until completely smooth