Good nutrition isn't an alien concept to me; I first saw a brilliant Brighton nutritionist back in January this year and completely transformed what I was eating to a much healthier, wholesome and balanced diet. What I thought was a 'healthy' diet (I was obsessed with counting Weight Watchers points at the time) was actually laden with tons of sugar, simple carbohydrates and next to no protein, so it was a massive change for me and a bit of a wake up call.
The thing is I have a tendency to lose my way with things after a while. I'll start something up, get all into it and be really focused, see results and then reward myself by taking a break and slacking off for a bit (hello takeaways, Friday treats, pub lunch). Sometimes I slack off too much and then can't get back into it, which is why I went to Hillmotts in the first place - to reignite my mojo and get back on the wagon.
|Clockwise: Salmon salad, prawn salad on toast with English mustard, |
homemade turkey burgers & sweet potato chips, bolognese wrap with salad
The plan I'm following is the brainchild of Chris Manning, one of the trainers at Hillmotts who did the nutrition talk. His e-book 70% Kitchen, 30% Gym has got a six-week plan with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks as well as some key bodyweight training ideas to boost results.
A typical day looks a bit like this:
Breakfast: Homemade protein smoothie.
10-11am snack: Grilled chicken with cayenne pepper, yellow peppers and spinach.
Lunch: Tuna with spring onions and peppers on Vogel bread with English mustard.
4pm snack: Ryvita with peanut butter.
After training: Another protein smoothie.
Dinner: Steak with spinach, mushrooms & tomato.
|Homemade chicken masala|
I went out for a few drinks on Friday, but had vodka lime and soda, and not gin & tonic or wine. (Note: I also made it to Parkrun the following morning and ran my second fastest time, so I'm classing vodka as good running fuel now).
I'm not going to lie, I have given in to the occasional treat, but the way I see it, if I don't allow myself the odd treat I'll get pissed off with it all and just binge.
I'll write a progress report at the end of the six weeks (maybe with before and after pics if I'm feeling brave) so watch this space!
What efforts do you make with your nutrition? Do you try to eat clean/healthy most of the time or not bother? Any clean meal ideas btw, chuck 'em this way!