Having a healthy relationship with food and understanding what you’re putting in your body is really important. I used to eat a lot of processed food and found that I was feeling tired all the time.
I changed my diet to mostly fresh, unprocessed foods and I feel amazing. Being an athlete I have to eat a lot of food to make sure I have plenty of energy, repair my muscles and get all the vitamins and nutrients I need. I eat 4-5 meals a day consisting of something from each category below:
Your body needs protein to repair muscles and keep you satisfied. Where possible eat grass fed, organic local meat and free range eggs.
Fat: coconut oil, coconut milk, olive oil, macadamia oil, nuts, nut butters, salmon and avocado
Your body needs fat to absorb nutrients, create new cells, give you energy and keep you satisfied. Focus on consuming healthy fats and avoid trans fats in vegetable oils, margarine, and other processed food.
Carbs: salad, vegetables, fruit, potato, sweet potato and rice
Organic fruit and vegetables are always the best option but if you can’t afford it, try shopping at a local market. It’s usually cheaper and fresher than anything from the supermarket
My best piece of advice is to listen to your body. If you’re hungry, eat, if you’re not, don’t eat. I used to find it really hard to know if I was hungry or just wanted to eat because I was stressed (or happy or sad or bored or any emotion really). Over time I’m getting to understand my body, but it’s a long process and it can take ages to work out the signals your body is sending you.
It’s important to have treats sometimes too. If you want some chocolate or ice cream then eat it, but make sure your next meal is healthy. I’ll be sharing some recipes for guilt-free desserts that you can eat every day and still feel great.
Look after your body, it’s the only place you have to live!
PS: I’m loving the City Chic floral bomber jacket, so comfy and soft!