Thursday, 20 March 2014

7 Easy Ways To Avoid Slip Ups

We all have them - days where we struggle to embrace our healthy lifestyles. Everything seems to go against us and sometimes even the most devoted of us feels like we want to just pack it all in.

It doesn't have to be so daunting - check out these 7 easy ways to avoid slip ups. 

1. Eat Breakfast! Not only will this kick start your metabolism and get you ready for the day ahead, it also ensures you balance your blood sugars and avoid cravings later in the day. 

2. Prepare a packed lunch: You are much more likely to stick to the plan if you bring your own food. It is much too tempting in these early days to eat out with others not on the plan. You will only be tempted into eating wrong foods. 

3. Make Extras: Make extra food at dinner to eat the next day. Whether it is as an easy breakfast or a packed lunch, make extra and spend less time cooking the next day. 

4. Include protein or fat in every meal. Protein and fat both help to slow down the absorption of sugars and carbohydrates meaning that they help to stop peaks in blood sugar levels. This has the knock on effect of reducing fat storage and eliminating sugar cravings. Add nuts to your fruit snack and add oil dressings or avocados to your salads. 

5. Do not try to explain your "diet". If we try to pigeon hole our way of eating into an acceptable way of eating for others we will either completely alienate ourselves from those around us or we presuade ourselves that what we are doing is completely wrong. Do not try to explain yourself to others. You are merely eating healthy, and no, you wont be hungry not eating bread. (Trust me in my experience people will eventually want to know what you are doing, for now don't even try to explain!) 

6. Do not eat too many nuts. Nuts are a great source of protein and are a great portable snack which also tastes good. But they can be too good sometimes! Many times people go overboard on the nuts eating kilos of the things just because they can. While I would never be one to focus on calories, the sad fact is that eating large quantities of nuts is not good either. They will halt your weight loss (if that is an aim for you) and will only take the place of other foods which may be more nourishing. Keep a nut snack to a handful! 

7. Don't try to substitute Paleo versions of bad foods. Once you start to go down the road of creating paleo versions of brownies, muffins, pancakes, donuts, cakes etc on a DAILY basis you have officially lost the point in my view. Firstly, a 100% percent challenge is, amongst other things, a chance to change bad eating habits and to move away from the bad eating culture towards more nourishing food. If you are merely changing your cupcakes to coconut flour versions laced in honey you are still eating bad food. Yes I am partial to a paleo treat (I even have recipes on here) but do I eat them EVERY day? No. Even most days? No. They are still treats and are reserved for now and again rewards rather than the norm. 

Hope these are helpful. Keep going!! 


1 comment:

  1. I agree with so many of these! Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. You're far less likely to make a bad food choice if you brought a healthy option from home.

    No one really understands my Paleo lifestyle (it's complicated) and I've given up trying to explain or justify it. If someone asks, I usually refer them to the Primal Blueprint and tell them that they'd be better off learning from there.

    D @ The Kosher Cave Girl