Wellbeing Wednesday: Mindful Eating Results

In my last Wellbeing Wednesday post I set myself a challenge to eat mindfully which you can read here… My Challenge to Eat Mindfully.

Similar to a fad diet, the first day went fantastically and I got through the whole day with no distractions and then it all went a bit downhill. It is seriously harder than you’d think to eat sitting down with nothing else to do, I’m talking no phone, no TV, no magazine, nothing! It was such a struggle and I actually had to force myself by leaving my phone in other rooms and even sat on the stairs one morning because it was the only location in my house with no distractions.

Normally for breakfast I have a little routine, I make my lemon water and porridge/smoothie or whatever I’m having and then I sit on my sofa and put on Good Morning Britain. This is the only time in my day that I can have 15 minutes to catch up on the news and weather and I actually really missed it when I was attempting this challenge because one of the rules is NO TV! I sat and appreciated every mouthful of my porridge and felt full and satisfied but not too much different. Lunch and dinner were easier because I’m normally on the go so it was quite nice to just sit somewhere and take some time out from my emails/phone to enjoy what I’d prepared for my meal.

How to Get Back On Track

I feel like 30 hour days would be perfect. An extra hour to workout, an hour to meditate and practice mindfulness, an hour to read, an hour to clean, an hour to call friends and family and an extra hour in bed! Who’s in charge of hours in the day? Can we have a word please?

Summer so far has been my busiest and best yet! I’ve been working more than ever but also having lots of fun. However, this leads to two things that can stress me out a little. 1. Not finding time to workout, meditate, rest. 2. My house getting messy, washing piling up.

I’m know I’m not speaking for myself. I really feel at the moment everyone around me is the same. From my mum to my clients to people on social media! Perhaps we take on a little too much sometimes and our intentions are to still fit in time for ourselves but in my case in can literally seem impossible. This has really been especially hard the last two weeks and I wanted to just concentrate this blog post on body shape/weight and emotions relating to that topic.

Lots of factors come into making me very aware of my body shape/weight. From dancing since the age of 5 and then going into a Pilates instructor career, I’ve pretty much had to be conscious of my body every single day. I’ve probably worn a leotard, leggings or crop top nearly every day of my life and I’ve probably had to stand in front of a mirror in this attire almost every day of my life. This isn’t a negative but it does make you very aware when you put an extra few lbs or when you don’t train and notice the shape of your legs change.

So the last couple of weeks, I’ve not really worked out properly and I’ve drank alcohol at the weekends and I’ve gone out for lots of meals and had dessert. In the week I’ve then tried to get back on track but ended up just eating LOTS of healthy food- I’m talking a few too many raw nut bars a day! I know I’ve put on a little weight and I know I’m not as lean or toned as I was at the start of summer but that’s okay! I’m still in good shape and slim. But it’s difficult to think like that- my mind likes to go into panic and beat myself up mode. Now I know that is only going to make things worse.

So what to do when you’ve perhaps come out of your normal healthy routine for a bit, maybe because of a summer holiday where there’s all inclusive unlimited food and cocktails or maybe just from being super busy and not being able to workout. Here’s what I’ve done this week to try and get myself back on track…

My Healthy Food Shop Video

We are such nosy people. Especially us girls, we love to know what other people are wearing, eating, going. That’s why social media is so fabulous, instagram and twitter, we get a snap shot of other peoples lives and it’s cool. I don’t find this to be a bad trait at all, it’s where we get inspiration from- each other! That’s where I find cool places to eat, new recipes to try, outfit inspiration. That’s why I love doing videos like this one because it’s something that I’d be interested to watch.

I basically just talk through what I got in the weekly shop this week. I don’t get the same things every week and sometimes I already have things like rice noodles or beans so they won’t be included but I thought this would be interesting for some people to watch who find it hard doing the weekly shop. Sometimes I plan my meals and sometimes I just buy ingredients and then go with the flow. There’s no rules when it comes to living a healthy balanced lifestyle except to eat whole unprocessed foods with a variety of colour and nutrients.

Check out the video below or by clicking HERE

My 80/20 Lifestyle and a Summer Body Meal Plan

I get asked about what I eat a lot. For breakfast, lunch, dinner, when out and about so I thought I’d do another daily meal plan post with the focus on a summer body!

You can check out my other daily meal plan posts here…

what I ate today

example of daily meal plan

I eat dairy, meat, fish, gluten and drink alcohol but all in moderation. That’s the key my lovelies, balance and moderation. You don’t have to starve, you don’t have to cut out food groups unless you are intolerant and you don’t have to just eat lean meat and boring lettuce leaves. I generally have very social weekends, from about Thursday to Sunday there may be dinners out with friends, weddings, parties, roast round my mums. I make healthy choices as much as I can but I still love a good roast chicken, glass of wine and piece of cake!

Monday to Wednesday, I therefore eat a vegetarian plant based diet as much as I can and I love this too! Don’t get me wrong this doesn’t mean I live one way for a few days of the week and then completely gorge on bad food and get pissed at the weekends. That is not a healthy lifestyle. I still eat extremely healthy and clean all week long but I might fancy a good steak at a restaurant or seafood paella and red wine in spain.

I aim for 80/20% ratio of clean plant based diet with some fish,eggs and greek yogurt and 20% wine (joking), the other 20% might be meat, homemade cake, ice cream!

This Monday, I ate this meal plan below which is an example of what I would typically eat when working in the week and also keeping in mind I want to maintain a summer body (feeling confident myself in a bikini), of course this is what we all are after, confidence!

This meal plan is dairy free, sugar free and meat free…

Three Steps to Take After You Have OverIndulged by Lydia McCall

We all have those days or weekends where we may eat and drink a little too much and end up feeling bloated, sluggish and guilty. This isn’t the end of the world but learning how to deal with it in a healthy way is important. I’ve turned to my lovely and intelligent friend Lydia, who is a holistic health coach, to give us some advice on what to do after you have overindulged…

I am so happy to be back doing another guest post on Lottie’s blog after my previous post where Lottie introduced me to you. Give it a read if you haven’t already. You can find it HERE.

I thought I would write about a topic that I thought you would benefit from. What to do when you have over indulged. So lets get to it.