At the start of the New Year, so many of us make resolutions or promises to ourselves to eat healthier, lose weight, get fitter and so on. However, it’s sad but true, but by the 20th January a staggering 70% of people will have failed or given up on these resolutions. But why?
One of the main reasons we slip or fail is we simply lose sight of the goal.
We make a resolution based on an end result; a size smaller, a stone lighter, feeling good, but then we simply become focused on the journey. If the journey becomes painful, and we aren’t focused on the goal, then it simply becomes difficult, boring and a story of sacrifice instead of gain. Keep your end game in mind, then the choices you make become more positive and easier.
Be specific about your goal. Be honest about what you want, and why you want it! Tell people! Sharing your aims, gaining support from those around you will help you keep focus, and I guarantee that someone you know is trying to do the same thing too.
But, and it is one of the big BUTs is one of the other reasons that people fail is simply… boredom. When we think about “dieting” we think of denial, a lack of certain foods or “treats”. But eating healthy or to lose weight doesn’t have to be an endless run of bland, old plain chicken salads.
The way I like to think about eating healthy is as an investment into my body & my health. “diet” shouldn’t mean boring. Here are my ways to avoid chicken salad boredom;
Baby, it’s cold outside! – We all want a bit of comfort food when it’s cold & snowy. So don’t eat cool foods, if you aren’t used to fasting or juicing, then maybe January isn’t the best time to start them. Instead, why not enjoy a healthy stew or soup.
I don’t have time! – Pick a good day to make a big dish, & freeze portions for other days. What can be easier than defrosting & reheating a portion of comforting soup when you get home?. It takes longer to order a take-away than it does to cook a meat and vegetable dish.
It’s boring! – Experiment with spices, herbs & colours of food. Make your plate a rainbow of colour.
Other ways to make it interesting;
Write a recipe list – less mindless piling into the supermarket sweep. Plan your meals. If you take the time to write a menu list for the week, then you can stop falling into traps of eating the same boring thing.
Get Inventive – Just because you are having meat or fish and veggies, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a little creative, and add extra nutritional value. Making a herb and nut or seed crust for your fish adds another dimension to the meal, and provides you with more essential vitamins and minerals. A sesame seed crust to fish or salad makes it a little different or a sprinkle of fresh herbs to your salad.
Make it tasty!
Variety – I eat a lot of eggs, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the same thing every day. Omelette one day, spicy scrambled eggs the next, poached eggs another day.
Red meat – if it’s organically grown, you shouldn’t be scared of it. Twice a week is pretty good.
Nature is a wonderful thing – explore it! Fish, seafood, meats, vegetables, herbs and spices. Don’t stick to the same thing.
When you look at the human body, it needs a huge variety of minerals, vitamins, EFA’s & other molecular interactions; a healthy diet is about variety. Those that keep variety in their meals find it much easier to continue eating healthily long term. It’s when you keep eating the same thing that you tend to become bored and fall off track.
When you think of meat, don’t just think of chicken and beef. Think lamb, vension, duck, turkey and so on. When you think of fish, it doesn’t just have to be cod and salmon; gunard, haddock, hake, mackerel, sardines and more. Seafood is a lovely treat, probably best no more than once or twice a week because of the base metals in a lot of them.
Take a challenge – why not try our A-Z challenge.
List all of the fruits and vegetables in alphabetical order, and then try to incorporate them all in the next month.
Mushrooms – have wonderful anti-cancerous properties. Pop a few shitake’s into your meals.
Cruciferous veggies like broccoli and spinach have numerous benefits, including anti-estrogenic qualities (too much estrogen in your diet encourages the body to lay down fat) so make sure they are included in your meals.
Treat yourself to exploratory and interesting meals. Make your plate wonderful and beautiful. Enjoy health!
Here’s a fab recipe to get you started…
Indian Potatoes with Whole Spices
• A little olive or coconut oil for cooking
• 1 onion, sliced thinly into rings
• 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
• ½ tsp turmeric
• ½ tsp garam masala
• ¼ tsp black mustard seeds
• ¼ tsp cumin seeds
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 8 green cardamom seeds
• Leftover cooked sweet potatoes or butternut squash
• Salt and black pepper
• 3tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
• Total yoghurt to serve
Heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook the onion for about 5 mins.
Add the chilli and all the spices and continue cooking gently for 2-3 mins to allow the spices to release their aroma.
Add the sweet potato or squash, cover the pan and cook over a low heat for about 10 mins, turning the potatoes / squash occasionally.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and eat hot, sprinkled with chopped coriander leaves. Serve with the yoghurt if wished.
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