Staying on track on a ‘diet’ can be super tough. That’s why I’m so glad that I’ve finally found a lifestyle that I feel like I can stick to! I’ve done my fair share of fad diets and workouts in my time so I finally feel like I’m there with something sustainable! Here I’ve got some tips on how to stay on track with your food and not cave when someone hands you a £1 McDonalds voucher in the street.
I eat fairly clean for my main meals but I’m not scared of prepacked foods for snacks like yoghurts, protein bars and the odd biscuit. 100% clean eating isn’t sustainable for me so I definitely flexible diet but I’m not trying to see how many peanut butter Oreos I can fit in a week. If I want a cookie, I’ll have one and if we’re going out for dinner, I won’t hold back. I just know that I eat well most of the time and cook 90% of our food from scratch so I’m quite happy about my lifestyle at the moment.
Snacks, Snacks, Snacks!
Snacks are the main thing that ensure that I can keep on the healthy eating train. I’m not a 3 meals a day person! I’m a 6 meals a day type of girl for sure. My day is breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. If you haven’t got healthy snacks to hand then you’re more than likely going to head for the vending machine or pick up a chocolate bar.
Some of my favourite go-to snacks are homemade protein balls, Skyr protein yoghurt with berries, bananas, protein bars, egg muffins or frittata, almond and raisin cookies, snack packs of Cadbury fingers, fruit pots of mango & pineapple, you name, I’ll snack on it! I also love tea and coffee but for caffeine and super vain teeth staining reasons I like to limit this to 3 a day in total. To replace them and to often warm my hands up I’ve started having t plus drinks tea which are green tea mixed with fruits like raspberry and lemon and they’re so tasty. I’m not a fan of green tea on it’s own so these are a great way for me to mix up my hot drinks.
I’m not afraid of ‘unclean’ snacks like protein bars, they’re a really great way of hitting macros and eating something tasty and sweet that isn’t a chocolate bar! The only thing I find with usual protein bars is the fact that they’re too big. Some can come in between 250-300 calories which is fine for a 13-14st lad but for me, they can be too much. I aim for 400 calories for each main meal and then I have 3-500 extra calories to play with over the day. This equates to 100-150 calories a snack, roughly. I’m not regimented on my calories but I can’t be boshing 300 calorie protein bars in one sitting, and I don’t need 50g of protein in one sitting!
These new Multipower 40% Protein Fit bars are around 130 calories and have 14g of protein which is a great booster for me. I love these with a cup of tea or coffee for a mid-morning sweet treat. They come in Peach Yoghurt, Blueberry Vanilla and Chocolate Almond flavour. My favourite so far is the Chocolate Almond flavour and I’d massively recommend these for girls that like protein bars but usually find them too hefty, like I do.
Planning & Tracking
My other tip for staying on track with food is using a tracking app such as MyFitnessPal. I just like to see what I’m eating and I know that I’d either over or under eat if I didn’t track the majority of my food. Obviously, things like salad and berries are usually so low in calories that they’re difficult to overeat but things like oats, sweet potato and other carbs I track as well as my meat and dairy consumption. My final tip is to meal plan for the week before you hit the shops. I love to do this because I’m a foodie and I enjoy finding new recipes to create on Pinterest and in recipe books. I’ve been loving The Body Coach’s recipe books for ideas but I’ve definitely been tweaking the portion sizes because he tends to go a little overboard on some things. I don’t track every single day and plan every single week’s meals but for the majority of the time I find that it keeps me on track and I always know that I’ve got dinner that night, there’s no late night trips to Tesco raiding the reduced sections!