Personally, it doesn't feel right for me to be on a "diet" for the rest of my life. It is preferable to live by a set of principles that just feel instinctively but also logically right. So it is a enlightening and actually just rather nice culture to look at things like where the food has come from and how much it benefits us rather than how many calories does this contain.
I lost the weight naturally and without calorie restriction, which seems to be a rarity today if not a total mystery! I'm not a size 12 because I have to be. I made the decision on my weight loss journey to stay curvy, I now consciously maintain my size.
Utilising this style of eating takes the 'diet' out of your personal nutrition, turning it into a healthy (and enjoyable) part of your lifestyle, rather than a restrictive eating pattern you (perhaps) don't enjoy for the majority of the week that ultimately has a finite lifespan.
Losing weight 'the natural way' (raw good diet and exercise) but the way we know actually makes the most sense - takes a lot longer yes. It takes dedication, persistence and drive. But hand on my heart I promise you it's worth it - and the only way to really treat your body right.
A good diet was hard enough to achieve before I had a baby, what with working long hours, drunken 2am cheese and peanut butter toastfests (try it, it's amazing), and hungover scoffing. But as soon as I fell pregnant, the assault on my good intentions and dubious resolve began.
I find that whatever I eat first thing in the morning is a reflection of what I crave throughout the rest of the day - so starting with something fresh and full of protein is going to make staying away from processed foods so much less tempting.
It's no secret I work out five to six days a week to strength train. I have tried supplements on and off over the years. I have also had an eating disorder a decade ago. One thing I am sure on is that supplements are not a substitute for good old fashioned food.
Besides the delicious flesh, watermelon rinds are also edible and are used for making pickles. Watermelon seeds, which are high in protein are eaten in China and have a nutty flavor and can be dried and roasted, or ground into flour.
Now I am all for changing up the imagery we see in the sport and fitness world and having positive role models when it comes to physical activity at every size for a change, but the fact she is a professional model somehow deters from the power of this statement.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) recommends eating two portions of fish a week, of which, one should be oily fish, such as salmon or mackerel. However, since there is no specific recommendation of a dose for Omega-3 for the general population, it is extremely difficult to understand if you are consuming enough of the right Omegas.
All the flavours of traditional sushi but in a salad with beautifully contrasting colours.
Sometimes to understand where someone is going you have to first understand where they have been. I am about to start blogging frequently about my fitness pursuits so I wanted you to know the struggles and victories I have faced previously.
So what defines a bad food? When it's loaded with sugar, fat, salt, artificial ingredients, processed with chemicals and/or contains zero nutrition we can safely agree that it's unhealthy.
As a public health professional I need to help change people's attitudes to sugar. Because if as a country we don't address our love of sweet food and drink, obesity levels will keep rising and the human and financial cost of ill health will also keep rising.
It's about incorporating fresh, natural food into your diet. It's not a diet in the true sense of the word, rather a lifestyle choice that will ensure you are eating wholesome and nourishing meals. These meals will be delicious and packed full of flavour and will not leave you feeling hungry or deprived.
The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.