Changing my lifestyle

So I appreciate this may seem quite a dramatic statement but over the last month I have been focusing on a lifestyle overhaul starting mainly with my diet.

Some of you may have heard about Clean Eating and therefore have a vague idea of what it means but since the end of April I have been slowly removing all processed foods from my diet. This means that I am trying to eat foods that are as natural and whole as possible and that haven’t had any artificial ingredients or processes added before eating them.

In short I am not eating anything with ingredients lists that I can’t pronounce or that has anything more than 5 items in it.

Healthy start to the day

Healthy start to the day

Weekend breakfast

Weekend breakfast

Morning prep

Morning prep

Now this may seem like common sense when it comes to healthy eating but a lot of people fall into the trap of picking up items that claim to be ‘low fat’ or ‘fat free’ but what that actually means is that a lot of artificial ingredients and chemicals have been pumped in to reduce the calories/fat content. This is not and never will be the healthiest choice!

By trying to stick to a clean diet you are eliminating the artificial elements of what you are putting in your body and that is only ever going to be a good thing!

Super salad

Super salad

YoYo super fruit

YoYo super fruit

Protein pancakes

Protein pancakes

Cheeky (and healthy) dessert

Cheeky (and healthy) dessert

As I am relatively new to this concept I have been turning to trusty Google to find out as much information as I can so I thought it would be useful to share some of the resources I have been using:

The Gracious Pantry – this is an American site but she has a fantastic bunch of articles about Clean Eating 101 so great starting point

Madeleine Shaw – nutritionist to such celebs as Caggie and Millie from MIC she has so many great clean recipes and articles

Eat Pure – this is a great tumblr from a 15yr old – so much food inspiration I always get hungry reading this!

Since starting I have been enjoying lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean protein such as turkey, chicken and fish and whole complex carbs such as whole grain rice, quinoa, rye bread. I have even been indulging in organic dark chocolate when I need the odd treat!

Tasty dinners

Tasty dinners

Indulgent (and healthy) treats

Indulgent (and healthy) treats

Healthy food shop

Healthy food shop

That is the great thing about Clean Eating – you don’t count calories, you just enjoy simple, homemade (where possible) healthy food filled to bursting with nutrients and essential vitamins that your body needs!

And your body thanks you for it – my skin is glowing, my dark circles (which I have had forever) have reduced in appearance, I feel leaner, less bloated and full of energy.

In addition to eating well it is important to keep hydrated – I aim to drink between 2-3 litres of H2O a day, have totally cut out all carbonated drinks and reduced the amount of alcohol I am drinking.

Coconut water - super hydrating

Coconut water – super hydrating

Alcohol – this is one of the things I am struggling with (holds head in shame) – I enjoy socialising with friends and as the weather has got nicer it is getting harder to resist a glass of Pimms. However I am consciously trying to reduce how much and how often I drink and I do notice the difference when I show will power!

Having suffered for years with bloating, bad skin and afternoon sugar crashes I am feeling so much better in myself for switching up my diet and am enjoying the renewed energy I am experiencing.

Along with my diet I have also been focusing on exercise but I will save that for another post!

Hopefully you have found this and the links useful and interesting – like I said I am at the start of my journey so still have lots to learn but I am very excited to share it with you!

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4 thoughts on “Changing my lifestyle

  1. The Austrian Rose by Rosie von Waldherr says:

    This is a great post!!! I was trying to eat as healthy as possible the last few months, making my own meals and everything, but when my finals came around I just totally put it aside..just couldn’t focus on everything and thought “hey, finish your uni now and think about that in a month” so now I’m trying to get back up on the wagon..

    xoRosie
    The Austrian Rose

    • sweet4ellie says:

      It is difficult when you are under pressure. I work in events so there are periods of time when all I want to do is turn to the naughty things but I am hoping that I can resist and keep on track when the pressure hits. The main thing is not to beat yourself up over it and start each day as new! Good luck with getting back on track! x

    • sweet4ellie says:

      Thanks for your kind words! It may seem hard at first but once you start feeling the benefits you do find it easier to say no to things. I love crisps but haven’t had a bag for weeks and truthfully I don’t miss them…every so often I may fancy them I think about how I’ll feel afterwards and that normally does the trick! I hope this helps and I do think that any small step is going to be one in the right direction! E x

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