So if you have read my blog for a while you will know I am an incredibly inconsistent person (when it comes to most things in my life to be honest…) but mainly my eating habits. I flit from trying to eat super clean and healthy/restricting myself…to devouring an entire Dominos takeaway on a Saturday night, and yes I can eat an entire pizza myself…not sure it’s something to be proud of, but there we are.
The problem, that isn’t really a ‘problem’ as such, is that I LOVE food. All food. I genuinely don’t think there is a food out there that I hate…yep I can pretty much eat anything. The good part of this is that I enjoy eating healthy. I would quite happily eat an entire bowl of steamed vegetables, I love wholegrain carbohydrates, salads, fruit…all that good stuff. The flip side is I have a massive sweet tooth. I’m a little honeybee around anything sugary, ice-cream, chocolate (Reese’s peanut buttercups are my cryptonite) biscuits, Nutella…my fiancé is literally banned from buying Nutella because I would just eat it straight from the jar with a spoon. I love my takeaway foods aswell…I honestly think I could live solely on pizza and garlic bread…the more refined carbs and cheese the better…so I’ve decided from now on rather than not allowing myself the things I enjoy, I am going to eat exactly what I want.
Now before you start conjuring up images of me rolling around in a large Dominos stuffed crust Hawaiian….I’m not going to start living off of pizza and chocolate or give up leading a healthy lifestyle, I am just going to stop restricting myself as much. I have such a silly habit of classing foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and beating myself up if a overindulge a bit too much sometimes. And it needs to stop. Life is too short to be miserable and hungry and ‘hangry’ (hanger: a state of hunger induced anger/grumpiness/generally unpleasant to be around-ness) especially when you are a mum.
Something that really has inspired me with this new outlook on food and eating is following Stephanie Joshi, otherwise known as @nuttyfoodiefitness on Instagram and YouTube. This girl has such an amazing attitude to food and an incredibly impressive appetite. And she looks AMAZING! She is living proof that you need to eat well to build muscle, and that you don’t have to be hungry and miserable all the time to look lean and toned. Just eat well and train well.
I’ve actually been living with this as my new motto for a while now. Training wise I am currently completing bbg 2.0 for the second time through, aswell as mixing things up with my own weights and Kettlebells. I’m making lifting HEAVIER my goal. I have to work with what I’ve got seeing as I exercise solely at home, but I’m increasing resistance where I can. Building muscle is SO IMPORTANT. Doing so means you can eat MORE and look LEANER! It’s the best thing ever and can mean the end of feeling miserable and hungry all the time. I’m now eating in a balanced way with plenty of the things I enjoy. My weight is the highest it’s been since I was pregnant, and my bodyfat percentage is the lowest it has been…EVER! I remember when I was running literally every single day. And I still couldn’t get my body fat below about 24/25% now I am much happier, a lot less hungry and my bodyfat is around 17%. There is no need to starve yourself, restrict calories, feel guilty for eating something you enjoy. Just eat well and train well, it’s as simple as that.