Life and diet update

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HELLOOO! If anyone still reads my blog, I’m sorry I have been away for so long. I’ve just been really busy…and lazy…

But I have some spare time so I thought I’d give an update on how things are going in my life right now in terms of health.

In recent weeks I’ve made some big changes. Here’s the story: two weeks to a very important wedding, I didn’t quite fit into my bridesmaid dress (say what?). I was panicking, mum was panicking, the bride was kind of panicking. It was bad. SO the options were- buy a new dress that would cost money and may not arrive in time, have the dress altered which would again cost a tonne of money OR lose a few kilos in the two weeks I had. Eeek. I love food. This was gonna be hard, but it had to be that option. So with iron-like determination I decided to rid my diet of all gluten, dairy and refined sugar. I went to the market and bought a HEAP of awesome fruit and veggies. My ‘treats’ consisted of nuts and a few dates. I also stepped up my exercise efforts with a school physical education training program.

Anyways, to cut a long story short, I had a MEGA clean-out of my diet. Initially it was painful. I had sugar-cravings and I always seemed to feel hungry. And then, only a few days in I began to feel better. I began to look FORWARD to my Amazing Meal breakfast shake every morning (which is absolutely awesome by the way). My skin began to clear up a lot- I didn’t even need to wear much makeup. In two weeks I lost about 4 kilos. AND…I fit into the dress!! YAY! Haha

Now that the wedding is over, I just can’t go back to ‘normal’. Sure, I have the odd naughty piece of cake every now and then, but the majority of my diet is clean. I no longer have dairy which I think has helped clear up my skin. I also no longer have bread, because I really feel that this was the killer when it came to putting on weight. And despite thinking this was going to kill me, it was actually fine- in fact, it allowed me to explore more options when it came to making lunch. I now have salads rather than sandwiches (just a hint: get on chickpeas- they make salads far more interesting). For dinner I legit ENJOY having a big bowl of steamed veggies and Himalayan salt, sometimes with a bit of chicken or beef on the side.

And the other good news about all this? I found out that you can have a day or two ‘off’ and still get back on it without any consequence. It’s great! So if I’m at a friend’s house or eating out I can choose options that may not fit my strict requirements but still enjoy it without guilt, knowing my body can handle it if I get back to my ‘clean’ diet the following day. It’s kind of like the 80/20 principle that Dr. Mercola recommends.

In some ways this has been a mega diet change, but at the same time I don’t feel restricted. I just feel good. It makes me relieved because there are SO many different theories on which diet is best and how you should avoid and not avoid certain foods, but now that I have made changes for myself, I know what is healthy for me personally because my body has let me know. I really do intend to make this a permanent change, so hopefully I can stick at it for the remainder of my life! XD

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My No-Sugar Challenge

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That’s it. I have come to a decision- I’ve had enough of feeling like crap. I admit that after Easter I let my hair down a bit too much. I don’t feel too guilty- after all, it is a festive season. But now I need to knuckle down and get serious. So, I have decided to cut out refined sugars from my diet for an entire month. I have done this before, and I gotta say, it felt really good! In order to give myself motivation I gave my mum a sum of money and told her to safeguard it for the entire month. If I gave in to temptation and ate sweets, she would keep the money- if not, I was able to reclaim it at the end of the month. 

I would love to say that I could, through my own willpower just say- ‘that’s it, no more sweets!’, and actually keep my resolution, but unfortunately, my willpower totally sucks, so I have to resort to more extreme measures…

Now before you go thinking, ‘is this girl crazy?’, let me just reassure you that I’m not eliminating sugar from my diet full stop…that’s kind of impossible. What I am doing, is giving up refined sugar, and substituting this for healthier alternatives like raw honey, fruit, stevia and coconut sugar (but even these I will try to limit, as having double servings of ‘healthier’ desserts is not going to give you abs anytime soon…;-))

In addition to this purging of my diet, I am resolving to keep up my fitness levels. So far, it’s going well, but that could all change as soon as school starts back again 😦

So anyway, I want to know about the health challenges you guys have endeavoured to embark on…Were they successful? Did you feel a sense of achievement after completing them? What factors kept you motivated to fulfill your commitments? 

I’ll let you know how it all goes at the end of the month…wish me luck ’cause I’m gonna be needing it! 😀