Healthy Lifestyle Starts Now!

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth becomes useless and reason is powerless.

I’ll start off by saying, I start a new job next Monday! ❤️ So these weekly updates have now been changed to monthly ones, as detailing what I’ve been fuelling my body with week by week is going to be a bit difficult. This post has really excited me and even though I’ll be a super busy bee, I definitely want to keep up with my new food diary and share it with the world!

I’ve mostly been nourishing my body with foods that I know are benefiting me and it feels sooooo good! Don’t get me wrong though, there was a day when I had 2 pizzas in a row… 😁 (THE SHAME!) The real key is that, I know it’s bad for me and I allow myself to feel it but then dust myself off and make improvements. I’m no longer ignorant to my unhealthy eating habits so no more, “the diet can start on Monday” – this lifestyle is NOW!

So over these past few weeks, I’ve had some pretty simple meals but very tasty!

Breakfast

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day! I can’t go a day without eating something to get me going for the rest of the morning.

I love porridge oats and created mine with Organic Rolled Oats, Almond Milk, Manuka Honey, Maca Powder or Cinnamon, Full-Fat Natural Yoghurt and Raspberries or Blueberries.

I also made a really nice savoury breakfast from Madeleine Shaw’s YouTube Channel. I made it slightly different by using a Wholemeal Pitta Bread with Cherry Tomatoes, Rocket, Spinach, Smoked Salmon and Lemon.

Then one day, I had a bowl of Cheerios (boo..! 😞) so realised I needed to satisfy my cereal cravings and created my own granola! This is another one from Madeline’s YouTube Channel! It’s made of Organic Rolled Oats, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Pecans and Cinnamon, baked for around 10 minutes (I did a bit longer for extra crunch). I eat it with Full-Fat Natural Yoghurt, Strawberries, Blackberries, Raisins and a little bit of Honey. So quite sweet but it’s a treat!

When I get to work, I’ll sometimes team my breakfast with either a Coconut Water, Decaf Earl Grey Tea, Green Tea and/or just Water.

Lunch

I’m pretty good and will not skip lunch EVER! I work in an office and realised a few years ago that I need a boost of energy to get me through an afternoon. The trick is not to get anything that makes you feel sluggish and sleepy. I’ve pretty much trained myself to be a lover of salads and if I’m super organised, I’ll have the ingredients to whip one together every morning.

My salads are pretty simple I have Rocket, Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, Spring Onion and Cucumber. Then pop in some flavour depending on what I fancy such as Feta, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Evening Primrose Oil, Apple Cider VinegarSmoked Salmon or Ham.

I also love a soup. Quick and easy to heat in the office microwave, whilst staying healthy! There’s one I grab from a place called Rawberry in Winchester which is a Thai Carrot Soup and it’s made of Carrot, Chilli, Lemongrass and Coconut. It’s delicious!

Dinner

Dinner is always a tough one because by the time I get home, I’m shattered but want to do yoga, a workout, housework, catch up on TV, organise my life, pay bills etc etc! Then there’s also the complication of being married and your hubby perhaps not being on the same course as you that day. Usually when I would like something small, Joel’s body is calling out for steak! So compromise and time are big learning curves!

Saying that, we have actually eaten the same meals for most of this month. I made a great meal of Salmon cooked in Coconut Oil, spirulized Cucumber topped with Evening Primrose Oil and Sesame SeedsSweet Potato fries with Pink Sea Salt and Coconut Oil, Full-Fat Natural Yoghurt mixed with Smoked Paprika, Pink Sea Salt and Lemon. It’s now my specialty and we absolutely love it!

We did eat Fajitas one night but I substituted a few ingredients for a healthier version! Guacamole was switched with good ol’ mushed up Avocado, the salsa was just Cherry Tomatoes and sour cream was my favourite Full-Fat Natural Yoghurt. You could taste the difference… in a good way!

I also made some savoury muffins from… you guessed it… Madeleine Shaw’s YouTube Channel! (She’s been amazing recently!) I created them with Spring Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Spinach and Ham.

Snacks & Desserts

I usually graze on Blueberries, Apples, Oranges and/or some Dark Chocolate whilst at my desk or at home. Recently I’ve been trying to eat a pot of nuts to subside any cravings! These pots consist of Cashews, WalnutsPumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Pecans and Raisins.

I also love to make a smoothie! My favourite at the moment consists of frozen Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries and Banana with Almond Milk, Maca Powder and Acai Powder. I always try and make up few frozen packs at the weekend, so that they’re ready to make in the morning as either a quick breakfast or snack.

My desserts lately have been really limited! I’ll either just have a little Dark Chocolate or a teaspoon of Manuka Honey. Need to think up some recipes!

Exercise

This is still a work-in-progress! Although I kept up a Yoga practice for 4 days in a row on week one and smaller stretches on the other days. We did a big walk around Lulworth on a Saturday that got my heart rate pumping! Meditation-wise has been a struggle but I try and squeeze one in the morning, even if it’s just 3 minutes (at least)!

So there you have it! My February Glow-ness! I’m so proud of myself! I love eating healthy and learning about the human body and mind. Food plays such a large part of that and I’m hugely grateful to have the ability and means to fill my world with clean, organic and whole foods. ♡

Hope you enjoyed! I’ll be back with an update in March!

Katie ❀

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