It’s Not Your Fault You’re Overweight

The reason that you’re not happy with your weight is because of what you eat.

But it’s NOT your fault!!

Have you stopped to think how many times you’re bombarded by marketing messages from food companies?

Adverts come at you from everywhere: Magazines, TV, Internet, Radio, Social Media, Emails even Buses and Taxies! Each advert promising of quick, cheap and tasty ways to satisfy your hunger.

The question “What can you eat? has infinite possibilities

We have access to thousands of different kinds of foods; sweets, crisps, cakes, biscuits, chocolates, ice-creams, burgers, pizza, fish and chips, Indian, Chinese, Cantonese, Keebabs, the list is endless. There has never has there been so much choice.

That’s not even to mention the multi-billion pound giants like McDonalds, Starbucks and Costa Coffee, with their uncanny ability to upsell your original order. Before you know it you’re sitting down to a large vanilla, mocha double shot latte with cream and blueberry muffin and you only went in for a cappuccino!

Portion sizes have been distorted beyond recognition. Over sized starters fill our plates and our bellies before the main course has even arrived. With our Mother’s voice in our head telling us “we cant leave the table until the plate is cleared” the special price 3 course menu will be eaten even if we are full to bursting.

So How Can you Eat Healthily?

First you need to block out the noise of food marketing around you.

junk-foodRemember the food industry is a multi-billion pound industry that is purely looking to increase their profits and get you to buy their products. AND they dont care if it’s going to increase your dress size.

It’s a fair assumption that any food you see marketed should be approached with caution. When was the last time you saw an advert for grilled chicken, steamed vegetables and quinoa?

How to Eat Healthy Food Every Day

A healthy diet should generally consist of lean proteins, healthy carbohydrates or wholegrains and fresh vegetables and fruit, small amounts of nuts and seeds. Good fats and diary are also important for health along with at least 2 litres of water per day

Importantly; healthy food should not consist of:

  • Refined carbohydrates such as white flour, white sugar, corn syrup etc
  • Fried or fatty foods
  • Processed foods such as ready meals, processed meats, tinner foods
  • Foods with lots of additives, preservatives and chemicals (generally ingredients containing numbers and letters or hard to pronounce words such as Butylated
  • Hydroxytoluene)

Try This Healthy Meal Plan

Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day. A healthy nutritious breakfast can set you up for the day and keep you full and energised until lunch time.

Try these healthy options

  • 2 Eggs scrambled or poached with sliced mushrooms, sliced tomato and whole grain toast
  • Whole oat porridge or oatmeal with a handful of blueberries and handful of pumpkin seeds
  • A green smoothie made with protein powder, spinach, mixed berries and quarter of an avocado

Healthy Lunch

Failure to plan your lunch can result in you reaching for convenience food. Pack your lunch the night before to take to work.

Try these healthy options:

  • Dark baby greens topped with chopped chicken breast and diced tomatoes, cucumber and celery
  • Tinned Tuna mixed white wine vinegar with finely chopped cucumber and quinoa
  • Whole grain pittabread stuffed with spinach sliced turkey or chick, lettuce, tomato and mustard

Healthy Dinner

Dinner is the meal where most people splurge and eat far more calories than they should. Eating at home is the first step in reducing your dinnertime calories.

Try these healthy options:

  • Poached white fish, steamed spinach and boiled new potatos
  • Baked chicken breast, steamed green vegetables and brown rice
  • Grilled fillet steak with green salad and roasted mushrooms