How to indulge but still reach your health and fitness goals
I was talking to one of my work colleagues today about what we got up to over the weekend. We were both quick to admit that our weekend involved friends and lots of good food and good wine. What was interesting though was neither of us felt guilty about our indulgences and were actually quite excited to share what amazing food and wine we discovered. What we also have in common is the fact that we have boundless energy and do not have a weight issue.
We all need a break from our routine
So does that mean if you want to lose a few pounds you cannot indulge? Actually, I would say the opposite is true. We all need a break from our routine, that’s why weekends exist! The same is with our diet. I see so many clients who find it hard to believe that you can make room for indulgences yet still reach your health goals. It is actually quite simple but often it’s the simplest of solutions that we often disregard or underestimate. It really comes down to one word…..planning.
Plan in the healthy
Have you heard of the saying ‘if you fail to plan you plan to fail?’ We can apply this to many areas of life, including balanced eating. So the million dollar question is….how can you plan to eat healthy with a few indulgences along the way?
Well, let me walk you through my week and how I managed my week. So it was Sunday morning and I had arranged to visit Geneva, Switzerland the following weekend, This meant that I would be eating out Friday and Saturday night and probably Sunday brunch. This would be my indulges for the week which meant that I needed to tighten the belt for the rest of the week.
Prepare for the week
I went grocery shopping and bought a load of fresh produce to prepare for the week. What works for me……meal prepping. This involves cooking 2 different types of dishes and portioning them up into containers for the week. One dish was stir fried vegetables and chicken breast and the other was roasted vegetables with roasted salmon. Volià, I had lunches and dinner meals sorted for 4 days/nights. Breakfast was my usual eggs, spinach and a drizzle of olive oil. I am so satisfied by my 3 meals that there is no need to snack (though I may occasionally eat a few nuts or a piece of cheese or fruit).
The result….feeling good in myself all week from eating good food but also looking forward to the scheduled indulges I was going to experience at the weekend.
What happens if you don’t factor in the indulgences?? I see this time and time again….no real plan for good meals during the week with regular treats so by the weekend, panic and guilt about what is going to be eaten. To me, regrets are a waste of time. So the trick is, forecast what is coming up on your social calendar and aim to eat planned, portioned meals for the rest of the week!
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