After my lifestyle change post a few weeks back I thought I would give you an honest update on how I’ve been getting on, what I’ve liked, what I haven’t (!) and what I plan to do to keep things interesting.
So far I’ve genuinely been enjoying it, I’ve definitely had more energy and I think the very fact I’m fuelling my body with nutritious food rather than vast quantities of processed junk makes you feel….good.
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I think I mentioned before, I’ve found a few fail safe breakfast and dinner options that I make sure I am stocked up on ingredients wise, as well as fresh fruits, nuts and seeds for snacking.
Two areas I have become immediately stuck, lunch options and actually how much I can eat. There are certain things which I obviously have in moderation such as bananas, peanut butter and honey but there doesn’t seem to be obvious guidelines for portion size or quantities. I could just be incredibly dense of course, and I have just received the James Duigan Clean & Lean Diet Cookbook from Amazon so I’m hoping this will improve my knowledge and understanding.
I find that I’m trying new things more, mixing up old favourites with fresher “cleaner” alternatives and combining all sorts of flavours to create different variations of regular staple recipes (I’m pleased to report there have been more hits than misses!). I actually find cooking relaxing (I know, who knew?) and a way to switch off from work. Plus it gives James the opportunity to spend time with Mabel whilst I’m faffing about in the kitchen.
I’m loving a bowl of gluten free oat porridge made with almond milk in the morning, I mix it up by adding a combination of ground cinnamon, honey, organic raisins, chia seeds, flax seeds and various fresh berries (not necessarily all of the aforementioned in one go but I bet it would be quite delicious). Now the weather is warmer I sometimes just have a bowl of fresh fruit topped with low fat organic greek yoghurt.
Evening meal wise I’m loving pan frying chicken in coconut oil, omelettes seasoned with lots of herbs and filled with spinach, roasted peppers filled with cherry tomatoes, chives and feta and various crunchy salads (I really need to be a bit more adventurous with the latter so any good-for-you dressing recommendations would be appreciated).
I’ve never been a big lunch person, preferring more of a later breakfast/brunch a late afternoon snack and dinner thus missing it out altogether. I’ve experimented with a few soups and I’m fond of oat cakes topped with peanut or almond butter but that’s as far as my repertoire goes I’m afraid, if you are following a clean eating regime what are you tucking into come 1pm ish?
I’ve not been particularly good at cutting out tea and coffee, although I am no longer adding sugar. I’m also not a fan of almond milk in either (it’s fine in food) so have been using regular semi-skimmed. And there are times when the temptation to have something that is anything but clean is just too great and I cave (we did a two day photoshoot in Shropshire this week and let’s just say there was the most SPECTACULAR pavlova….) but I guess that’s ok once in a while. Or ahem, once a week (at least).
I still can’t get on with broccoli no matter how beneficial it is for you. Or fish. Or rocket (I think I’m on my own here but it just tastes unpleasantly peppery and acidic) and I have been partaking in the odd glass of wine (or two).
The image above is some of the stuff I have been sharing on instagram, if you want any more details just let me know in the comments box below. I’ve included some of the bits and bobs I’m keeping in my cupboards and using frequently in the grey boxes to the right of this text, do let me know if there’s anything else I could do with adding/mixing into meals too spice things up a bit.
I’m keen to try this cauliflower rice thing out as well as bodyism pancakes (something to do with cottage cheese but sounds amazing) and actually baking more healthy treats. Talking of which, we’ve enlisted Charlotte from Buttercream and Dreams to share some of her healthiest recipes yet right here on Rock My Style. And no, this wasn’t purely for my personal benefit.
Ok, maybe a bit.
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Gluten Free Oats
Low Fat Greek Yoghurt (unsweetened)
Lean Turkey Mince
Split Red Lentils
Fresh Lime Juice