Oh yes it’s that time of year where every one is ‘counting’ the excesses that may have snuck in over the festive period. As you all know I’m adverse to the D word (diet)!, so instead I thought my new year gift to you all could be my top ten tips to jump start that weight loss… er actually change that.. weight ERADICATION as lets face it once it’s gone you don’t really want to find it again…do you?!!
1) Eat protein at every meal, including breakfast. Remember protein comes in many forms not just meat! As its Veganuary eating a range of vegetables, pulses and grains will also mean you are getting a good balance of protein in too.
2) Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being. And yes, that definitely includes bread and pasta. Why not give the black-bean spaghetti or the red lentil pasta a try?
3) Eliminate “food products”. 90% of what you eat should be food that could have been grown, hunted, caught, gathered from the ground, or plucked from a tree NOT made in a factory!
4) Reduce starch. When you do eat starches, choose from “real” carbohydrates. Best choices are oatmeal, sweet potatoes, beans and legumes.
5) Don’t eat unlimited amounts of fruit and be careful with the extra-sweet, extra-ripe variety. Keep fruits to two a day, and choose the low-sugar, high-fibre variety. Apples, pears, plums and especially berries all are good choices.
Fruit should be eaten alone or with something light like nuts or a little cheese. Lose the fruit juice.
6) Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow’s milk. Exceptions: reasonable amounts of cheese and occasional portions of yogurt, but not the fat-free kind (it contains way too much sugar).
7) Experiment with eliminating alcohol. You can always go back to moderate drinking later on if it works for you. Do I hear a cheer from all those on ‘Dry January’?!
8) Stop using vegetable oils such as sunflower, safflower and corn. The supermarket kinds are highly refined, and oxidize easily when heated, contributing to arterial plaque.
9) Worry less about the amount of fat you and pay more attention to the kind of fat you eat. I was SO pleased when C4 Food Unwrapped Diet Special agreed with this message too. “It’s not fat that’s making this country fat, it’s carbohydrate”
10) Drink at least eight or more large glasses of pure water a day. That’s EVERY day, no excuses! You know this is my favourite thing. We need to be hydrated for our bodies systems to work.
An extra ‘mind’ tip is when faced with food choices, ask yourself which gives you the “best bang for your buck” (to use a corny sales term). Which choice gives you the most vitamins, minerals, essential fats, essential amino acids (protein) and therefore the most energy and vitality.