To begin with I called this my low-calorie diary, but I don’t count calories.
There are better ways to lose and maintain your weight than obsessively counting the calories of every morsel of food you put in your mouth.
I decided to call it a healthy weight loss diary instead.
Look, I am all too familiar with how hard it can be to lose weight, but it has been much easier for me lose and maintain my weight since I started to make sure that I was getting enough nutrients from my diet.
Actually, when I felt that I wasn't getting enough nutrients from the food I ate, I started to take supplements (see 1/9).
Your body needs a wide variety of nutrients to function properly – which of course includes that for weight loss all important metabolism.
Make sure you eat fat, for example. It might sound too good to be true but your body craves fat - the right kind of fat though, essential fats. And it is not called essential fats for nothing- these types of fat are very important for our health and well-being.
Essential fats - found in fish, especially oily fish, seeds and nuts and their oils - also tune up your metabolism and help you burn unwanted fat (see 4/5). How good is that!
Even though I’ve always been interested in healthy food, I’ve still eaten a fair amount of totally unhealthy food in my days. But the better I eat, the less I crave these unhealthy things.
I've found that it has been perfectly possible to re-educate my taste buds (16/3).
I am undoubtedly becoming a bit of a purist when it comes to food. I want my food to be as unadulterated as is possible.
I buy a lot of organic food and I cook from scratch – even when I’m tired and not in the mood. Got to feed this huge appetite of mine and the ready-made alternatives are no longer even remotely appealing to me.
Apart from it being so much healthier – I find that cooking from scratch is also a really good way to control my weight. I know what goes into my food – there is no hidden sugar in there and no unhealthy trans-fats.
Fast-releasing sugar is the “big bad wolf” when it comes to weight loss and health and it is hard to avoid if you choose to buy ready-made products and eat a lot of refined food – such as white bread and pasta. (See 9/1)
I’ve decided to start to write down tricks I use to keep my weight under control – and what I cook when I’m in a hurry or too tired for anything elaborate - in the hope that it might help others looking for healthy ways to lose weight.
I will also talk about all the food I make an effort to include in my diet to keep healthy. There is no doubt about that we are what we eat. A really nutritious diet can ward off a multitude of illnesses.
I do my very best to include as many raw vegetables as I can in my diet. The only reason it takes a bit of effort on my side to do this is that I am quite frankly lazy. I love vegetables!
So I make an effort to make a BIG salad on most days. And then I make another big effort to chew well and eat slowly. The end result is that I need much less of whatever cooked food that follows to make me feel full.
And after a prolonged period of all this effort, I’ve got a real spring in my step! :-)
13/12 - Super-healthy baobab fruit
31/10 - Brussel sprouts are not only a healthy type of winter vegetable, they are also really tasty with a peppery taste. Not convinced? Try eating them the way I do.
15/1 - It's a good idea to spice up your food as spices and herbs contain lots of vitamins and minerals and can have a healing effect on a wide variety of ailments, including IBS.
14/3 - Mindful eating means that you take time to really savour your food. It's good for your metabolism and could help you lose weight.
21/1 - Fibre-Rich Food - A healthy diet needs to include a good amount of fibre-rich food - such as raw vegetables, oats, beans and lentils. Fibre can help you to stay both healthy and to lose weight. What's not to like?
4/9 - Ginger root is a fiery healer and a tasty ingredient used in a lot of Asian-style food. It does wonders for both your health and taste buds.
20/8 - Cinnamon spice. This tasty spice which can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes is also healthy, provided you use the right variety.
9/1 -Low-GL carbohydrates - which are the best carbohydrates for your health and weight
3/11 - Are you getting enough iron form the food you eat?
22/9 - A pinch of salt - good or bad?
1/9 - To supplement or not to supplement?
22/7 - The raw truth!
21/6 - Gorgeous scenery and delicious local food.
7/6 - Stand up - and lose weight!
17/5 - I am aiming to cleanse my body – if I can get my willpower into gear!
Fat is good for us! Whoopee!
Soup - a weight-watcher's best friend
Sugar – it’s not only the white stuff that is bad for your weight.
Re-educating your taste buds.
Jan 15, 18 10:20 AM
Asian-style vegetarian food - delicious spicy Indian fritters with sweet potatoes and spinach.
Dec 13, 17 10:11 AM
You might not have heard of this fruit before but super-healthy baobab fruit is possibly the healthiest of them all.
Nov 29, 17 11:07 AM
Full of flavour and healthy miso marinated salmon which I serve with sweet potato mash and broccoli.