Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Eating Clean; Healthy Food Haul!

I'm not entirely sure whether any of you will remember a little post I did back in January about trying to get fit and healthy -link- but I thought it was about time I did a quick update on how everything is going.

For a while now I have been trying to eat healthy 80 percent of the time, as well as going to the gym 2-3 times per week. I would like to point out that this is NOT a diet I am doing and that I don't believe in diets. Sure, you lose weight fast, but then when you start to eat normally again you put all that weight back on and whats more; because you have become used to eating so little your metabolism actually slows down. 

I have never been above a size 10. I have always been relatively slim. However, when you slide into your twenties you do notice that the cakes and crisps you used to scoff in your teens become more visible in 'those' areas. Despite being slim and a size 8, my body requires a lot of work to be toned and defined. If I put weight on it automatically goes to my stomach, which is obviously the worst place! (In my opinion anyways!)

I thought to give you some inspiration I'd talk through a little healthy food shop I did earlier in the week that mainly consists of vegetables and healthy snacks. The reason I wanted to show you some healthy snacks is that commuting to university and work through the week makes it so difficult to eat healthily. So thinking that maybe some of you would be in the same situation I wanted to give you a few ideas. So, here are a few things that I thought would help me resist the temptation of a vending machine full of doritos!

I always buy a lemon and lime when i go shopping as I like to chop them up and put them in bottles of water to give it a gorgeous refreshing taste. I also think its a good way of adding flavor to salads. Because I prepare mine in a Tupperware tub the night before I go to work it can be lacking in flavour the next day, but by just adding a wedge of lemon or lime, I have  subtle (but still tasty!) dressing on the go!

After seeing an article on the benefits of drinking coconut water recently I've been so intrigued to try it, however, I just found it was a little too expensive to drink on a regular basis. Luckily, I snapped some of this up at Home Bargains for just 49p! Apparently it is a good source of potassium and keeps you hydrated throughout the day all whilst helping to speed up the ole' metabolism.

For anyone who doesn't know what Nakd bars are; they are basically bars of raw fruit and nuts, which have been pressed together without being baked, and there is virtually no added sugars or sweeteners. I think these make an amazing substitution for your usual sweet treats and they are also 100 percent vegan AND gluten free! To add to this they count as one of your five a day and are honestly so filling and satisfying. I love how these make it so convenient for me to snack healthily on the go. Cocoa orange is defo the best for all the chocolate lovers out there. 

I recently started drinking green tea in place of my normal cuppa every morning after reading about how beneficial it can be. And not just in relation to keeping fit. Did you know that green tea prevents bad breath and cavities? Did you know that it helps you work out for a longer period of time than usual? Well now you do! I try to drink a cup every morning and evening and I've found it keeps my energy levels up and stops me snacking or feeling hungry. Its also a really comforting drink just like regular tea.

So there you have it; my healthy food haul. Obviously you can see from the photograph that I bought lots of fruit and vegetables, but I'm hardly going to sit and explain why an apple is good for you. I'm assuming everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for us! I like to use crunchy vegetables to make low fat stir fry's and the fruit is just to snack on. I've also been buying sweet potatoes as an alternative to the regular kind recently as I've heard they are better for you and contain less calories! Lastly, I bought Special K Mini Breaks as they are a good alternative to sugary biscuits or cookies and only contain 100 calories in a pack. 

Do any of you find it hard to eat healthy on the go? How do you try to fit healthy eating in with a busy 9-5 lifestyle?



  1. Green Tea is so amazing!!! I am a huge health nut and my staples are nuts (almonds and peanuts), Greek yogurt (I like the Fage 0% plain variety and add cinnamon), lots of fruits and veggies, and kidney and black beans! Hats off to good health!

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    1. Aw I love love love Greek yogurt especially with porridge and blueberries (yum!) Ive bookmarked your blog so I can have a little read on the train today:)


  2. I love green tea! I just don't drink it enough :( I have the Twinings Pineapple and Grapefruit green tea. So fruity and refreshing :)

    Sian | Sian Marie Beauty

    1. That sounds lovely i will need to try it!! I love all kinds of tea haha I'm such a lil old lady :) xxxxx


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