Your No Fad Diet!
It’s the last week in January, which means you will have no doubt already been bombarded with emails, adverts on tv and magazines talking about diets. No doubt you’ve seen advert after advert for ways you can lose 10 lbs in 5 days, drop a dress size over night, and 8 ways you can suddenly become toned and fit by just drinking more water.
If only it were true.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as a woman who’s been everywhere from a size 6 to a 18, fad diets rarely work. Yes, they may help you shift some excess water and a couple of lbs/kg. However most of the time, you will end up putting it straight back on.
The problem is, the elusive promise of such quick results that these fad diets offer, appeal’s so much. Especially to busy women like us who already don’t have enough hours in the day!
Today, I want to share with you what, after years of yo-yo dieting, worked for me.
It’s the healthy body formula I swear by.
I know what it’s like to continually search for a way to feel good about your body. I’ve tried everything to lose my mummy pouch, from shakes, cabbage soup and calorie reduction to low carb, high fat and everything in between.
The formula I want to share with you has brought me the best results to date, and doesn’t require you to purchase any apps/shakes or 12 week programs.
I share this with you in the hope it will inspire you to stop following fad diets and instead, create your own healthy eating way of life. I guarantee this will have so many positive benefits that go way beyond just dropping a dress size.As far as I'm concerned its time for NO MORE FAD DIETS! Get your healthy body formula so you can stop dieting & start living!Click To Tweet
So without further ado, here’s my formula to a no fad diet that actually works!
1. Take some water
Hydration isn’t just important to stop you from feeling thirsty, it also replenished your cells and flushes toxins from your body. Vital when you’re changing your diet from one that might be a little on the processed side.
Ideally you should have a minimum of 2 litres a day, that’s about 8 tall glasses. That said we are all different, so some of you may require more. For me, I drink around 3-4 litres a day, when I don’t, I fell sluggish, get headaches and in Brad’s words become ‘spaced out’. Note to self, drink more water!
2. Remove the Gluten
I know this sounds scary, but a week of no gluten can do your body the world of good. This doesn’t mean you have to cut out all carbs, quite the opposite. I encourage you to eat yummy brown rice and potatoes. The foods to avoid are bread and wheat flour filled products such as cakes and biscuits. These are the ones you need to watch.
Gluten has been shown to cause gut inflammation, as wheat is an irritant to our guts, causing our intestine lining to increase in permeability. This means that the food, bacteria and viruses that you swallow each day which are normally shifted out the other end, can slowly leak into your bloodstream. This can cause what’s commonly known as leaky gut. You can find out more about leaky gut here.
3. Eat Only Whole Foods
Its time to get back to eating like our ancestors did (hell even our grandparents used to eat bette than us!) and eat whole, natural foods. This includes, meat, eggs, veggies, nuts, fruit and fish. These whole foods provide nutrients, keep you healthy and will rock your world if you let them.
Cut the processed crap, that means takeout, cakes, microwave meals and stuff that has ingredients you can’t even pronounce.
If your used to eating processed food, then start small, introduce some salad, a handful of nuts or grab a green smoothie for breakfast.
4. Add A Sprinkle Of Seeds.
I introduced chia and quinoa into my diet and wonderful things happened, my bowels stopped there sluggish behaviour and began to function so much better. The effect this had one my mood was amazing. Probably because by improving the function of my bowels, it allowed my gut bacteria to sort its self out.Thanks to research confirming the gut/brain connection, we now know our stomach health effects our mood.
If you want to improve your mood, check out the free 3 day body reset below which has one of my favourite quinoa salad and chia breakfast pot recipes in it. Proof that seeds can be yum!
5. Cut The Sugar
I know its hard, I used to a be a 2 sugars in my coffee woman and could still quite happily devour a family size block of chocolate without drawing breath.
However, I know this doesn’t agree with me. I become bloated, inflamed, feel fat and my mood gets low.
I now avoid refined sugar as much as possible and try to keep my fructose intake low. I stick to a maximum 2 fruits per day and use a sweetener in my cooking. I personally use rice malt syrup as its fructose free. Maple syrup and honey are also good, although both still contain fructose. I’m currently avoiding honey, purely because of the FODMAP diet which identified it can be a trigger for IBS symptoms. If you’re an IBS sufferer, you can read more about the FODMAP diet here.
6. Mix It Up!
What you eat effects 80% of how your body looks and feels, however you still need to move. Add some exercise into your day with either a 15 minute HIIT workout, gym session or get outside and kick the footy with the kids. Even something as simple as 30 minutes walking a day is a great start.
The important thing is to move your body at least 30 minutes each day. How you choose to do it, is up to you. Just make sure that whatever you do is fun! If you’re looking for a workout to follow along with, a free program I recommend is Betty Rockers, make fat cry challenge. It’s only 15 minutes a day and a lot heap of fun.
7. Optional Extra
Cut out the coffee. As a former coffee drinker I know the thought of this must sound absurd, however hear me out.
I used to be that woman who needed at least 2 cups of strong coffee in the morning to function correctly. It was a standing joke with some of my old colleagues, not to talk to me until after I’d had my second coffee as I was grumpy and miserable. My bad.
However in my quest to get my shit together and get healthy, I tried cutting the coffee out. Starting first with reducing to one cup, then black and finally gone all together, replacing instead with a green tea.
Amazingly enough it was pretty easy. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried before and struggled, this time though my mindset was different, I was doing it to feel better and fix my health issues. I approached it from a totally different view, it wasn’t something I was doing to be slim, it was to make me glow.
I still have the occasionally coffee, maybe one a week, normally it’s a scoop of instant flung in my chocolate peanut butter smoothie. However my sleep is now better and I feel the difference not having so much caffeine all the time. If your up for it, I suggest giving it a try, although if right now you’re shaking your head and saying hell no, that’s cool too. When (and if) the time is right, you can give it a shot then.
There you have it, my formula for to a healthy diet that will help you feel great, lose the bloat and may even shift a few lbs/kg.
Below is the exact 3 day reset I do when I’ve had some bad food and I’m feeling bluegh. It’s the perfect way to reset your body after the christmas and new year period.
You can even repeat it twice to get nearly a full week of body resetting goodness. Its full of amazing recipes such as
- Salted Caramel Chia Pudding
- Roast Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad
- Glowing Green Smoothie and so much more
Let me know what you think of it, and how you get on in the comments below. Don’t forget to share this valuable free resource with your friends and family using the links above and below the post. It’s time women everywhere stopped dieting and started living!
Love & Gratitude,
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