Monday, 26 September 2016

Easy ways to eat more healthily (even if you have a mild sugar addiction like me)



"There isn't a food that contains sugar that I don't like" (Me, always)

By sugar I mean the refined stuff, ya know the stuff that rots your teeth? I'd like to say that I don't have a sugar addiction but every single person that knows me would disagree and say that was a giant lie. At the age of 16 I would happily eat a sharing bag of Cadbury's Giant Buttons and a bottle of Lucozade for my lunch. I ate this so often that it didn't even get the intended 'sugar-rush' effect anymore. On top of that I'd also drink Hot Chocolate like water and not think twice about it.

I turned 20 and within a few months my 'don't give a crap about what I eat' attitude to life changed drastically after I was diagnosed with severe IBS (nope, never, ever like that scene in 'Along Came Polly'). Every time I ate, within half an hour I would be suffering intense pain and it got to the point that all I would eat was carbs (white bread is surprisingly tasty). I knew that if I had any chance of getting better there was no way I could continue to eat so much rubbish foods and expect my digestive system to go back to normal. I started the FODMAP diet. I'm not sure what FODMAP stands for exactly bit I'm pretty sure t's code for 'worst diet of all time' (actually it's the type of diet Doctors put you on to help you reintroduce foods to figure out what causes 'upset'). For me, the main thing I realised I couldn't eat was dairy (so long chocolate Buttons). However, it hit me that I'd really need to change up my diet to maintain my health. So, I've put together a list of ideas that helped me to change my diet which will hopefully make it easier for anyone else making the transition too!

1. No processed foods: it might be easy to chuck a chicken burger in the oven but it's not that much harder to cook an actual chicken fillet is is? Plus, it's also most likely cheaper too!

2. Replace the sugary stuff with fruit: I'll start this point by saying before this I ate one fruit regularly which was a banana. For this reason, I started this step gradually, day by day I ate less sweets and chocolate and started eating sweeter fruits. My go to fruits: Dates (they have natural sugars that give you the sugary taste you may crave), bananas and my latest find- candyfloss grapes from M&S (grapes that taste like candy floss- life changing!).

3. Always eat breakfast!! I know this is that standard statement that all healthy eating bloggers swear by but it really does stop me from snacking before lunch. I normally have porridge because you can sweeten it easily with thing such as bananas, maple syrup, honey or molasses! (Unless you're weird like my Auntie and Granny who put salt in theirs EWW).

4. Eat your dinner more slowly:This might sound stupid but it makes your body realise far quicker when you have had enough to eat and I also find it keeps me fuller for longer! It's also easier for your body to digest food the slower you eat and more you chew.

5. Don't have dinner at silly O'clock: not too early (you'll get hungry and snack before bed) and not too late because HELLO BLOATING!

6. Meal Plan: If you plan your meals and shop for them before the week starts you are much more likely to make them instead of shoving in a pizza or a microwave meal.

7. Stick to it! Set goals! For example, "If I eat healthy for a month I'll buy myself those shoes that I wanted." 

I know everyone says how they feel soooooo much better when they eat healthier and even though you don't want to believe it, it's 100% true! Even my skin has cleared up dramatically and is a lot more healthy looking. If i can quit my chocolate loving ways then I'm pretty sure most people can!(still partial to a hot chocolate or 7)

N x

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  1. I've decided not to invest too much of my time worrying about food (I'm round, round is a shape, therefore I am in GREAT shape), but I do find that making a meal plan helps to avoid unnecessary snacking when not even hungry AND it cuts down on my weekly shop cost by almost half. Only point I'd add is to never go grocery shopping when hungry - you'll end up with SO MUCH STUFF you don't need (or want after a proper meal) xxx

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    1. Yes! I agree! Thats when I always cave to buying all the chocolate!
      Thanks for reading :)
      Nicole x

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  2. I'm not that much of a food planner, but now that I'm pregnant I've been more focused on what I actually put in my mouth and what time do I do that, so I won't be hungry during the day you know.
    Meal plan is so useful!

    ~ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy
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    1. That's great that you're eating healthier! It'll make you feel so much better in the long run as well :) Good luck with your pregnancy! How exciting!!! :)

      Nic x

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  3. I'm trying to stick to shopping for only healthy stuff for our weekly shopping and avoid takeouts etc. those candy floss grapes sound interesting, are they still in season?

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    1. They definitely are! I saw them in M&S today :) Don't know how much longer though :( I really don't like takeaways now. Strange how much your taste can change?!

      Nicole x

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  4. Thanks for the enlightenment.Really helpful

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    1. No problem!
      Thanking you for reading :)
      Nicole x

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  6. This is an awesome post. Thanks so much for sharing. I need to start planning my meals and hope to be healthier!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking time to read it!

      Nic x

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  7. It is sooooo hard to avoid processed food, it is like everywhere in our faces...

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    1. I found that meal planning really helps. Knowing that I knew what I was having? It's made me enjoy cooking as well :) Plus, it makes me ill!!
      Nicole x

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  8. I love this post! Very well written! I'll keep your tips in mind these fays!

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  9. Keen to see more of your tips on healthy eating as it's what I struggle with as a fellow sugar addict!

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    1. I've been loving snacking on apple and peanut butter lately (or maybe with a bit Nutella 🙄) it helps because it's sweet but tastes good! Try a brand without all the added sugar and salt though :) I love meridian! They do a healthy Nutella too :) I'll definitely be putting more lists up! Glad I could help!

      Nicole xx

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