For the past couple of weeks I've become that annoying person that takes photos of their food. However, I reckon you'll forgive me, because I did it for those of you who asked to see what I eat in order to keep a healthy, fulfilling diet.
It's not super luxurious, I spend about $100 a week or less on groceries. I'm by myself the majority of the time, I eat the same thing a few times in the week because cooking for one sucks and I don't like wasting food.
I try to keep it fresh, colourful and tasty. You might think my portions are small but I eat often. I throw in a few snacks a day in between meals and I'm always drinking water and some sort of tea, so I stay satiated all day.
Prepping ahead of time is important when you're a) busy, b) lazy and/or c) often hungry. Tupperware containers become a good friend and your fridge starts to look a little OCD, but it's apparently good for your metabolism to eat often, so hang in there with your crazy fridge organization and the good news is that you won't feel like you're starving or sluggish in between meals. I usually chop a tonne of veggies and have a few dishes going on at once when I'm preparing meals, so I'm not eating the same thing for 3 meals in a row. It's how I get maximum variety using the same ingredients whilst keeping to a budget.
I also don't eat meat, so sorry to those of you who "can't live off rabbit food" but you'd be surprised how healthy your diet can be (with yes, enough protein, iron and calcium) if you ate meat less frequently. But I don't judge you for eating it, so I ask you do the same for my choices :)
I eat seafood occasionally but only usually when I go out because I don't like the smell when I'm cooking it. Some great meat-free sources of protein, iron and calcium include: *Quinoa *Chia Seeds *Nuts and nut butters *Beans *Chickpeas *Edamame *Tofu *Leafy Greens *Mushrooms *Eggs
There are so many amazing meal ideas, e-books, food plans and healthy inspirations to give you new ideas and teach you a few tricks! Here are some of my favorite Instagram food accounts to follow: @FlavorGod@BeFitDishes@FreeEatingPlan@SkinnyKitchen@HealthyFitnessMeals@IvensFitness@Fitalicious_Me@MindOverMunch
Tea is an important part of my daily ritual to calm down and take a few minutes for myself. I love nothing more than sitting on my balcony with a cup of tea, morning or night and looking out over the water - it's my zen time! Apart from being a calming pastime, tea is filled with antioxidants for anti-aging and there's such a huge range of teas out there now for any ailment. Whether you want to unwind before bed, detox your body, boost your metabolism or promote a clearer complexion, there is a tea out there for you. Herbal fruit teas are a great substitute for having desserts every night - they're not sickly sweet and they won't keep you up all night because they're caffeine free.
I've recently been enjoying a detox (Teatox) fromSkinny Me Tea to help flush my system, reduce bloating and boost my energy levels. It was a four week program and there's a range of ways to drink tea throughout the day. I enjoy it hot in the morning and night but I also like to add cut up fruit and mint to brewed, then chilled tea for a fresh way to get my 8 glasses of water minimum a day. After the four weeks I'm definitely feeling leaner, less bloated and looking more toned!
When I need extra energy kicks before a tough workout or on set, I've also been enjoying Breakout Energy. It's a natural based energy drink that tastes like sweet, fruity iced tea, and contains no taurine or glucoronolactone. It does have a substantial amount of caffeine though, so I'd advise not to drink it too close to bedtime if you're caffeine-sensitive ;)
As always, you should be exercising every day. It doesn't have to be a full-on hour-long sweat session every single day, but you should sweat it up at least 3-4 times a week for a half hour or more, and you should take every opportunity to move more each day. It's not always about weight loss or being skinny - it's about being strong! I want to get to 80 years old and still be able to move as freely as possible, with strong bones and a positive outlook.
Here's a quick article I did with Lauren Waugh from the Fit Babe Files about my favorite foods and workouts!
And some more food ideas in case you haven't had enough already!