Friday, April 12

It's Not a Diet

{Feeling nostalgic about last year's summer vac-cay with B}

With summer on the horizon and after about 10 months of eating healthily, I am now taking it to a whole other level. When I say a "whole other level" all I mean is that I am focusing on eating vegetables, fruit, taking my vitamins, drinking lots of water, eating nuts and doing the appropriate exercises. I think that it is important to stress that this is not a diet I am undertaking, it is just an alteration of my eating regime for the better. Remember - a diet is a label which results in you negatively psychologically believing that you are depriving yourself of junk food and the like. This is something that I am not depriving myself at all. In fact I am helping myself to feel healthier and therefore happier. Of course i will have a desert every once in a while, but I won't be scoffing my face with unnecessary nasties (junk food) anytime soon.

Healthy eating: have three meals a day avoiding unnecessary junk food eating in between (which is the most difficult part!) Look forward to each meal that you have, so here's a step by step:

Breakfast: have your favourite healthy cereal like Special K or Weetabix with chopped fruit in their as well. I would advise to eat something which is high in fibre for your breakfast as you need to be full for the good half  of the day until lunchtime. For a drink I would either have half a lemon squeezed in hot water (I'm going to do a post on lemon water and it's advantages so keep updated!) or have green tea. A hot drink will wake you up and consequently feel refreshed.

Lunch: for some reason I never want to eat much at lunch, I normally munch on a wholegrain bar, have a fruit salad or two boiled eggs on one wholemeal piece of bread with no butter. I normally rotate this, it really depends on how hungry I am as this can vary day-to-day.

Dinner: This is the triumphant part of the day when you can really relax with your meal and put a lot of effort into it. So what I love to eat is a pasta dish, a fish meal or a chicken dinner, such as this one (here), however I would not have the chips/fries as this is unnecessary. Really it's about researching meals which suit your appetite and personal preference.

Snacks: If you're going to snack and there's a chocolate bar or a packet of crisps starring at you, think twice about how difficult it is going to be to burn off at the gym and how it makes you feel after. I know I feel unhappy when I eat something unhealthy, especially when I know I didn't really need it. So, instead I would opt for a banana as they are very filling, high in potassium and reduce the risk of getting dementia by 25% if you eat a banana once a day.

Exercise: If you have concerns about exercises or if you have preconditioned health problems, then you must always consult your doctor before undertaking any type of fitness regime. Just for a guideline, I like to go to the gym about four times a week and I have set routines for each day I go.
           - Saturday: Legs.
           - Sunday: Abs
           - Tuesday: Arms.
           - Thursday: Swimming.
I also like going on hikes and long bike rides outdoors so I do not just focus my exercise in the gym!

Remember it is not all about whether you will fit into a dress or a pair of super skinny jeans, it is rather about your long term health. But also, it is important to feel comfortable in your own skin and feel confident.
So go on, dive into healthy eating and see how much better you'll feel in yourself!

32 comments:

  1. Great post!! It's so important to live a healthy life style and not just "Diet" but it clean and healthy meals. I really need to work on my clean eating. Thanks for sharing!!

    xoxo, Diana ☠
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  2. So much fun!!!!!!!!!
    Love it
    xxx

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  3. Is my real style of life! I always eat healthy meals and try to make same exercises...Thanks for share with us!

    I following you on bloglovin and GFC.

    xoxo ♥
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  4. Nice post!! It's very useful!
    I really have to back to healthy food..I don't know why it's three years that I eat so bad and I'm too fat now..
    I will try to think about health is for a better life, not just to wear some size smaller!


    XOXO

    Cami

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  5. Great post!!

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  6. This is fantastic! I always feel so much better when I'm eating healthy!
    xo
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  7. Nice! Good luck with your change in diet.
    Maintaining such a healthy lifestyle seems extremely difficult.
    Lovely pictures by the way.

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  8. Great post, you are right, many people is afraid of the word "diet" cause for them it means depriving. I will take your advice with the snacks/bananas! Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

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  9. fun.



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  10. You are so right! Love your figure xoxo SE

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  11. Great photos! Beautiful!

    Good luck,
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    Have a nice day :o)

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  13. yes!! It is fantastic mood to live life, not a diet!!
    cute my lovely(:D)!!!

    I wait for you for a diy:keep calm and......!!
    Have a fantastic day!!
    Federica
    smartchicdietreadbooksandfly.blogspot.it

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  14. such a great post and just in time to prepare for summer. This is fabulous!

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  15. Wow, thanks for sharing your REAL routine with us and not one of those fake '"no I don't eat healthy I just stuff my face with any food I see yet I stay size 0" but in reality they starve themselves to near death point.

    I would strive to be as determined as you but that would take lots of courage. I do the opposite of you, heavy lunch but lighter dinner <3 This is really a great post and like what you say, stay healthy is the main goal here, though it's really killing two birds with one stone so it's even better!

    Stay healthy and stay pretty! <3

    mish
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  16. Thank you for your super sweat comment, i would love that, but i don't really use bloglovin and that stuff,
    but hope you still wil come back a once in a while to check out, i know i will do here ;)

    have a great day sweaty ;)

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  17. Great post, I am constantly fighting between my need to be in shape and the craving for junk food ;) Kisses

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  18. amazing purposes! good sense of good taste
    i stay here hope youll follow me back <3

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    Sergio, xx

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  20. Hello ;) Thank you for commenting my blog, it was so sweet of you ;* And of course I follow you! ;D

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  21. Hey :) thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog! I'm now following you so feel free to follow back :)

    I love your advice here.. I'm a bit of a gym freak myself but I just can't resist fatty foods haha. I do eat fruit and veg regularly but can't say no to a pizza or chips haha! I'm going to try to take up this lifestyle - I'll let you know how it goes :)

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  22. Thanks for the comment on my blog, I'm now following you so feel free to follow me too! I love this post, so inspirational. I completely agree with the benfits of healthy life and I'm a bit of a gym ambassador - although I think you have to enjoy the odd slice of cake every now and then!

    Look forward to more great posts :)

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  23. Really informative, totally my thought!
    The first photo is gorgeous by the way..

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    Look forward to reading all your posts

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  26. interesting post dear:)
    i like to follow each other :)
    i already follow you !
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  27. I totally agree ,healthy eating and life is better than anything!

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  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love your blog, just followed you via GFC and bloglovin..

    Autumn(:

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  29. Merci for visiting my blog! SO lovely to meet you and of course I'm totally following your blog! Love this post. I recently started eating healthier too so this is right up my alley! :)

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  30. this is such an amazing post with so much inspiration!
    wow, the views off that cliff are stunning, you're so right about healthy eating,
    dieting never works for me because i end up eating a whole load of junk
    after feeling down from lack of energy, changing my routine diet is so mush better!
    Hope you're having a great weekend! thanks for sharing!

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    let me know!
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  31. I've been trying to diet for god knows how long and it hasn't been working. I need to cut out the junk. I loved your post andi t was so inspiring. It has really motivated me to get back on track. Going to bookmark this page and will come back to it if I binge again!

    Great blog, btw. You are a fantastic writer. Would you like to keep in touch and follow each other?

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  32. I LL TRY !!!

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