I've been getting heaps of questions about what i eat, why I eat this way, and general comments about the food I do eat. I'm always happy to answer questions and generally I don’t like to give out advice on what to eat on social media because I’m not an expert on dieting and nutrition. What I am an expert of is what makes ME feel good, what foods make me stronger, healthier and what I love to eat. And that’s it. My diet works for me. It might not work for you, and that's okay. Our bodies are different, our diets are different and our needs are different. So we can't all eat and live the same way - there is never a need to tell someone their diet wasn't good enough/not the best/not what I would do unless they were doing something that was definitely unhealthy; and I hope that all of you agree with me on that.
If you follow me on snapchat (queenof-hearts) you'd see what I normally eat. Mostly you'll see Nana ice cream, smoothies, tea, lots of rice and my favourite veggies (especially okra!) and every now and then some (unhealthy) desserts. I know what I want my diet to be in the future but until I live on my own, do all my own shopping and cooking, this is how I'm eating.
Above: What my breakfasts tend to look like when I eat at home - all so yummy and so healthy!
(left) Cocoa and coconut Nana Ice cream with homemade cake chunks and BlendCo.
(right) Cocoa oatmeal pancakes with plain nana ice cream, banana slices and blue berries.
what i ate when i was younger
the only "diet" I actually followed was one I saw when I was about 14 which said to skip breakfast everyday, because one less meal means less calories which means weight loss.
But now, after actually learning about how our body works and what is good and bad, I know how stupid I was for doing that to myself. I don't say this lightly, it was genuinely stupid of me to think that skipping meals was good for me at all.
Around that same time I remember reading and even watching on tv about how 1200 calories was the ideal for women to stay in shape. Any more than that and you'll be fat - apparently.
But lets be honest, there are so many people who throw out nutrition advice without knowing what they're talking about at all. I've still heard countless things from people who claim to know the "best diets"; things like calorie restricting, no carbs, leaving half your meal on the plate etc. I tried counting my calories with an app on my phone multiple times and it went terribly! It was like all my meals were dependent on these numbers and so many foods became "bad foods". These diets were all about restricting yourself, treating calories like they were the enemy and you had to burn as much as you can! Looking at these numbers that were "so important" and telling yourself you had to follow it to be "healthy" but that's never really healthy, is it?
When it came to actually eating healthy, I heard a lot more about people who eat healthy most of the time and have cheat meals/cheat days. It definitely sounds like a good idea - I thought I should do it too. But it just didn't work for me. I would get a little upset here and there, look forward to that one time I could allow myself an ice cream or cake or cheese fries, I liked the results I got from it but I didn't like the in between of it all.
So I decided no more cheat meals. I wasn't cheating, this wasn't a test. This was my body and my life I had to enjoy myself all the time not just some of the time.
The best advice I had ever heard in regards to being healthy was that if you find yourself needed a cheat meal/cheat day that could just mean for all the other meals/days you're not even happy with what you're doing. It's like looking forward to the weekend because you have a job you hate.
You should have a diet that works for you 24/7. A healthy, yummy, exciting diet that doesn't need a cheat day because you're always having amazing meals that you genuinely enjoy. Every meal is a treat and it's something you never need a break from.
More nana ice cream love for you all!
So what's my diet like now?
In short, breakfast is nana ice cream almost everyday, for the rest of the day it's lots of rice, always with veggies (especially okra!), chicken or some meat usually all home cooked!
What people always ask is why I eat so much for breakfast, how and why I eat so many carbs, and how many calories I have.
I eat a lot for breakfast because I can. It's 95% fruits - sometimes 100%. And fruit is amazing for you! I eat more carbs because I finally learned that carbs are NOT the enemy, ever since I started eating more carbs I only got stronger, leaner and happier! And i have no idea how many calories I eat. I don't count them and I never will again!
Just find what works for you, my diet is not yours. Remember that our bodies our different and our needs are different.
I don't see the point of getting into any diet that's temporary, make a healthy lifestyle change and stick with it. So make sure whatever diet you're following it doesn't require you to restrict yourself, that it's generally healthy and that it makes you happy - then go with it!
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