I’ve dropped 5 kilos these past 8 weeks. Whoop whoop!! I can now slip back into my skinny jeans. It’s a really good feeling.
For a long time while I was sleep deprived and exhausted, I would too often reach for a sugar hit to keep me going. It wasn’t healthy and I certainly didn’t feel great as a result.
For the past two months I’ve been very mindful of what I eat, and dedicated to getting back to feeling my best. I haven’t increased my exercise, I’ve still been doing incidental exercise – popping the girls into the ‘Winnebago’ (double pram) and walking to the local shops a few times a week and doing my weekly Pilates session, but I have been much more aware of my nutritional intake.
So what have I been eating?
I’ve cut out all the rubbish from Monday to Friday to start with. No ice cream, biscuits, cheese, wine or anything high in fat or sugar during the week.
I’ve been keeping it very simple. Weetbix or low fat Greek yoghurt with berries for breakfast. Summer rolls for lunch. Lean meat with veggies or salad for dinner. I’ve also been reaching for healthier snacks.
Carmans Muesli Bars – These are the BOMB. My hubby and I love them and never leave home without one. If I start feeling hungry while I’m out, I’ll have one of these to tide me over until meal time.
Lucky Natural Almonds – Another fantastic snack, I pack these in my hubby’s lunch box every day and always have them handy.
Apples and pears – My hubby has dropped around 8 kilos in the past year or so by eating an apple or pear whenever he’s felt a bit ‘peckish’ rather than reaching for a biscuit after dinner. We eats LOTS of apples and pears in our house!
Tuna – A tin of tuna has become my afternoon snack, I love it and believe it or not so does Ava! Hubby also takes one in his lunch box to work.
Berries – We are berry crazy in our house! I always have strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in the fridge. Ava has a bowl of mixed berries with yoghurt for breakfast and I’ll have the same. Did you know that berries are very low in calories but packed full of antioxidants and nutrients? LOVE! I know raspberries are sometimes a bit pricey at $6 or $7 a punnet, but it’s worth it. Some people wouldn’t blink paying $10 for coffee and cake, I don’t blink at paying $7 for a punnet of raspberries! We ration them at home, otherwise Ava would eat a whole punnet in one go!
Low Fat Greek Yoghurt – Ever since I found out that most flavoured low fat yoghurt is often high in sugar, I stopped buying it and replaced it with this. We have it for breakfast, a few spoonfuls as a snack, and it works a treat as dessert with some berries, honey and nuts on top. YUM!
I also discovered these DELISH tuna veggie summer rolls at Sushi Izu, the in house sushi available at some Woolworth stores. I’ll have them for lunch whenever I can (much better option than a food court lunch if you’re at the shops) and Baz and I have even had them for dinner when it’s been hot and we just want something fast and fresh.
Summer Tuna Rolls – YUM!
Quinoa with honey roasted pumpkin, chick peas, beetroot, cherry tomatoes, rocket and feta salad
Of course, this doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally indulge. I roughly follow the 5 / 2 approach. I’m really good from Monday to Friday and then I’ll allow myself a few special treats on the weekend like scrambled eggs and bacon. YUM!
Then I’ll jump straight back into eating well.
The only special treat I still allow myself every day is chocolate. I have a Freddo frog every day. Shhhhhh!!!
Happy healthy eating lovelies!
A x x x
How have you dropped those pesky kilos?
What are your favourite healthy snacks and meals?
What’s the one special treat you won’t deny yourself?1