For years I have put it off, I had enough other stuff on my mind. Once I was happy about my weight and looks, then I had quite a turbulent time in relationships in my life. At the end of the storm I came out the other end with quite a few extra kilograms but I was happy. I had my new man in my life and besides all the financial and medical issues we had, we relished in cooking, baking and enjoying good food.
Now after 3 years back in Belgium I feel like the big one, my family and friends are all quite active and bike like there is no tomorrow. I just felt the time is there for me to get back into a shape that is healthier and that will allow me to fit back into a smaller size J. I have cupboards full of cute stuff to wear that I don’t fit into. Since I am blogging I thought I’d share some of the stuff I learned from the nutritionist I am seeing. These might not be new to you but they did need refreshing in my head so here it goes:
1. Eat frequently: train your metabolism to keep busy. I was told to never leave more than 4 hours inbetween a food moment. So here I am normally having something for breakfast like a biscuit or a piece of fruit and then nothing until lunch, having to add food moments. Never thought I would be told to eat more (often)! In between your 3 large meals a day, have some snacks (3 per day I am allowed). Snacks can be a bit of fruit, a yoghurt, a biscuit basically if it has no more than 150kCal you are in with a winner.
2. Start the day with a kickstart for your metabolism -> EAT BREAKFAST. And not a fad breakfast like I used to have, have bread (preferably not all white) and a healthy spread or other sandwich filling.
3. Eat balanced: Make sure you get your calcium from some milk at least once a day, your vitamins from your fruit snack(s) and vegetables. Don’t skimp on the greens, when creating a dinner plate make sure that you keep these proportions 1/4 potatoes/rice/…, 1/4 or a palm of your hand sized bit of meat/fish and ½ greens (salad or steamed).
4. Don’t forbid yourself everything, try to get to a point where you think ‘Yeah I could do this every day EASY’. If you really fancy that bit of chocolate make sure it’s a treat and not a habit. It’s a win-win you will look forward to it more and you probably will enjoy it more too.
5. Light product are not an excuse to binge, portions sizes are everything even if you have a light version of a product.
6. Drink water! If you are like me and really dislike just drinking ‘boring’ water, these days you can find waters that are flavoured with all natural flavors and hardly any sugars. Perrier does a wonderful bubbly water with lime and lemon, bar-le-duc does 3 YES 3 different flavours in their bubbly water. I have been allowing me a bottle with my lunch out of Lemon & Mint, Orange & Quince and Berries & Guarana. The berry one is a big favourite. I never thought I would get excited about water! So I try to drink at least 1.5l water a day of which 0.5l can be flavoured.
7. Cut down on the diet soda’s. I am Liz and I am a Pepsi Max addict, I used to drink 5-6 cans of Pepsi max a day. An insane amount if I now think about it but at that time I didn’t enjoy other drinks so I would default to a cane of Pepsi Max. The first week of my diet I struggled with having extreme cravings and according to some shakes :D. Now I am down to a maximum of 2 cans a day and feel a lot better for it. I don’t think I will ever completely quit Pepsi Max and the great thing is I don’t have to as long as I keep it in check.
I hope I didn’t bore you all to death and you find some new tips and tricks to keep healthy. As a little treat I wanted to share the recipe of a chocolate cake that I am actually allowed to have as a treat even in the weight LOSS phase!
What you need:
- 250 g courgette (zucchini)
- 10 ml water
- 150 g fondant chocolate
- 10 g sweetener (Stevia or normal sugar)
- 3 eggs
- 2 tablespoons white flower
1 teaspoon baking powder
- Cake tine
- Baking/lining paper
Heat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Boil the courgette until al dente (preserve 10ml of the water).Melt the chocolate (au bain marie or in the microwave however you prefer). Mix the chocolate, sugar and the courgette + water. Add flower and egg yolks and carefully mix to a smooth mixture. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold carefully in the mix.
Put the mixture in a lined cake tin and put in the oven for 35 minutes.
Since no size for the baking tin was given the cooking time can vary depending on how high your cake is, feel free to check and see if the middle is cooked and take out when that’s the case.
Per slice 143kCal J