As many of my Instagram followers are aware, I’m on a HUUUUUUGE health kick. This comes after the over indulging in Manchester… so many great places to eat and drink (we attacked Australasia for the sushi, The Alchemist for crazy cocktails, and Albert Schloss to get our schnapps on!) meaning I needed to get back on the straight and narrow!
The reason isn’t weight loss… the reason, is that my Lymphoedema benefits from healthy eating and not over indulging! To get back on the health kick I’ve been using Kayla Itsines’ book ’28 day bikini body guide’. I’m not following strictly (cue the Baileys mocha monster I created), but using it to inspire my daily eating and ensuring I don’t get bored. The progress after only 4 days is staggering!! I’ve got more energy, leg is feeling lighter and squishier, and abs are showing through.
If you are waiting for a sign, this is it!!
Not sure HOW to go about altering your food or drinks?
Try changing 3 parts of your diet… soda only once a week, dessert only once a week, increase greens intake 3 times a week. See how your body reacts!! You’ll be surprised! Most importantly, make it sustainable- a lifestyle change… not a diet!! That is important. Don’t deny yourself the cravings (again Baileys mocha monster) but try and work out WHY You are craving something… boredom? Distraction? Thirsty?
I’m a huge advocate of flexible dieting. Meaning there’s no cheating! No right or wrong foods as long as it fits my macro output. Obviously, I’m not going to eat 3 mars bars in a sitting because it fits!! That’s just silly. However, I’m not going to deny myself half a mars on my proyo because it’s “bad food”. This happens to work well for me as I mostly eat healthy, natural foods, drink my fair share of water and exercise regularly.
I’m going to share some of my meals over the last week for some inspiration!
Above are some examples of the meal ideas that are in Kayla’s book!
Chicken Gyros includes seasoned chicken breast, spinach, cucumber, pitta bread and tzatziki.
Seasoned a Tuna, peas, green beans and brown rice.
Whole meal toast, plain yoghurt whipped with peanut butter, topped with strawberries and drizzle of honey.
Pasta Salad includes rocket, spinach, cucumber, asparagus, onion, pasta, dressed with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard dressing.
Above shows my flexible side!
The Baileys Mocha Monster included a can of Baileys Mocha, squirty whipped cream, a Lindt bunny head, white chocolate truffle, white chocolate shards!
Flex Proyo Bowl includes plain yoghurt whipped with cookie flavour protein powder, granola, blueberries, strawberries, half a mars bar and a drizzle of honey!
Hopefully this has inspired you to go take a look at your eating habits and see what works for your lifestyle and your Lymphoedema. Cant wait to hear some of your favourite recipes!
Lots of Love
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