Have you read about a diet and convinced yourself that would be your life now, then read another one and thought the same thing?? I certainly have. We have access to a wide variety of eating plans or diets that all provide benefits in their own right, so how do you know what works for you?
I love to experiment with diets and educate myself on the philosophy behind this way of eating. I have also given the following diets a good hard crack:
- Tracking calories/macronutrients
- Carbohydrate cycling
- Intermittent fasting
This has also made me very annoying to dine with as you never know what band-wagon I’m on that week.
There are many reasons behind dietary choices, from personal beliefs to medical conditions. Therefore, the different options serve an important purpose as the diet plays such an important role in our wellbeing.
I want to discuss my favourite eating plan – Conscious Eating !
You can follow any and all eating regimes and still be conscious, as this is more directed at connecting with your body and being aware of the foods you consume.
What is Conscious Eating?
- Keeping it simple. I eat enough food to support my energy levels and to support my day. I listen to my body and stop eating when I am full.
- Selecting foods that provide a health benefit. If I want chocolate, I will have chocolate, however I will reach for a 70-80% dark chocolate that has antioxidants and minimal sugar. This rule applies to all foods.
- Do not deprive yourself. This follows on from the previous point. Get creative when recreating your favourite comfort foods in a healthy version and allow yourself to have a ‘treat’.
In term of ‘my day on a plate’, I eat 3 main meals a day, a snack and a dessert.
Breakfast: Green smoothie or protein GF oats and a black coffee
Snack: green tea and protein ball
Lunch: Big salad with a source of protein (tuna, chicken), green tea.
Dinner: Lots of vegetables and another source of protein. I like to have cooked vegetables at night and this may be a curry, stir fry, soup.
Dessert: Dark chocolate and peppermint tea.