First I lost weight and kept it off.
Then I started exercising and loved it.
Then I cut my hair off and have never felt more free.
I started looking at myself through different eyes and started talking better to myself and about myself. I started listening to my body.
Then I started changing things up every other month. I became a vegetarian and pescatarian for an entire year – I loved it and it wasn’t as challenging as I thought it would be.
Stopped drinking coffee for 2 months. That was a huge deal to me. I struggled with this every day.
I quit milk for 2 months. Could never do almond milk or soya milk, just hated any alternative to cow’s milk.
Then I ate only veggies, no red meat, no pork, no chicken, only seafood, and for a couple of weeks I cut out the seafood even and ate only vegetables.
Through all these, I learnt so much about myself.
What my body loves and I felt fantastic. The best I have ever felt in my entire life and I was happy on the inside and this portrayed what people saw on the outside.
Sweets and cakes are still my favourite treat and giving it up is a huge deal to me, I know now that I can live without it.
The biggest struggle I had was when I stopped eating eggs. After not consuming eggs for months, once I did try it again it made me sick. Breakfast all of a sudden became a huge struggle.
In the beginning when I was banting I would have a berry smoothie and I would add an egg to it. It kept me going until lunch time.
Then I changed up my breakfast to egg muffins, omelets, or a platter with veggies cheese or an almond flour muffin but when eggs became a no go, I started eating rolled oats with milk and cinnamon. I also enjoy some plain yoghurt with a small amount of muesli sometimes I cut fruit into yoghurt.
Other days I fast which takes me all the way to lunch and I don’t have to worry about breakfast.
Right now I am not following any specific plan or diet, I stick to some general rules I learnt from my nutritionist.
- Eat only 3 small fruits a day
- I follow the weights of my last meal plan 180g white lean protein
- If you must – do brown rice
- Snack on nuts, a fruit, etc
- Potatoes are not the enemy, it all depends on what you have with it
- Not all veggies are equal
- Learn to read labels
- Learn to spot any form of sugar in products
- Not all oats are equal
- Hydration, hydration, hydration.
Find what your body loves even if it means eliminating certain food groups or activities. The results are truly rewarding and it is the only way to ensure consistency.