1. Drink lots of water.
drink a crazy amount of water each day. Roughly about 4 litres,
sometimes more. Even before i focused on healthy eating, i drank
water like a camel. My friends used to call me water bucket (in
2. Cut out processed food
If there are names on the label that doesn’t sound like it grew from the ground or can walk, run or swim on land/ sea, then it probably isn’t very good for you. Limit it or cut it out entirely.
3. Eat lots of fat and protein
diet is largely centered around fats and protein. I don’t know about
you, and it may take some time for you to figure things out but i feel
best on a reduced brown- carb based diet with lots of good fats and lean
protein. This means i eat EVERYTHING from the food pyramid. I am not
no-carb no wheat, no whatever. i eat everything but in moderation but
most meals i center around fat and protein. An example of this would be
maybe for breakfast.. i would have scrambled eggs with peppers and
wholegrain toast or salmon and prawns and avocado ( Big breakfasts are
my favourite). Lunch might be chye sim and a grilled chicken from NTUC
(so yummy and oily! mhmm!) and dinner would be the same chicken with
carrots and romaine lettuce or if my mom’s cooking, then brown rice
(fist sized) and whatever dishes she made coz they are usually quite
healthy like cod, and cabbage etc. if she makes a curry, i usually have a
small portion and enjoy it to the the LAST DROP ! 😀
4. Increase your fat intake
you thought fats are your worst enemy in your weight loss regime, I’m
telling you you go t it all wrong. Google for more information but
personally, i would tell you that what’s making you fat is refined
sugars and carbohydrates; nutritionally empty refined and processed
carbs that your body doesn’t’ know how to deal with so creates fat cells
to chuck them in. But good fats, AHH! Your body loves them! They don’t
get stored as fat because they are a great source of energy that your
body wants to use! My favorites are COCOS coconut oil and MCT powders.
Just mix into your green tea or smoothie each morning and you wouldn’t
even feel hungry because unlike carbs, fats don’t wreak havoc with your
blood sugar levels so you stay satiated for longer!
Seriously, ditch the wholegrain “healthy” biscuits and whatnots and just
go drink a coconut, or full fat milk, or eat nuts or something fat. i
guarantee it will make you feel great, have amazing hair and nails and
glowing skin! And keep you feeling full and happy! No deprivation ever! This is about healthy living, not being a sad sick little skeleton!
4. Try to be active
would like to go to the gym more often but some days i’m too lazy/ busy
and it’s hard to squeeze in an hour at the gym. What i find really
helps is just to stay active, like walking from place to place,
fidgeting, fighting peak hour traffic in Singapore are all great ways to
get the blood pumping! You don’t need a gym membership really and if
you’re looking to slim down, brisk walking is really an excellent way to
burn fat without feeling like you need a mega burger at the end of it.
(One hour of swimming, i’m looking at you *narrows eyes*)
5. Eat! Frequently! All the time!
Haha, okay, no, not all
the time. That was just to get you excited. If you are anything like me,
you think of food, crave food, food makes you happy! Starvation or
deprivation is an absolute no no for you then eating small but
frequently would really work for you. This really revolutionized my
eating and helped me stay consistent. I used to struggle so badly with
binge eating because i’d try to stay off food or eat the most miniscule
amount in order to lose weight only to mega binge 5 days later. Sadly, i’m telling you now that if you don’t eat, you are going to
DESTROY your metabolism. You know whatever they say about starving
yourself and killing your metabolism? It’s all true.
I’m speaking to all you (girls?) out there who are afraid of eating; who wake up each more devising plans, pinching your tummy rolls in front of the mirror, crying in bed, hating yourself. You who feel proud of yourself when you make it through the day eating “safe food” or according to plan or, even, not eating at all and when you don’t, your world comes crashing down. You who wake and empty your bladder and stand on the scale and you are afraid to look down because you know that number will dictate how you feel for the rest of the day. You who are “so good” for a couple of days then cave in and binge madly whether in secret or at night when you just feel so miserable and cold and vulnerable, only food can comfort you. The food numbs your pain for awhile but it’s the hate that scares you after. You want to purge, to start again, to plan new beginnings. Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, you promise yourself you will start again. You’ve had so many ‘tomorrow’s even you don’t know if you can trust yourself anymore. You spend the whole day scrolling through picture after picture of girls on the internet whom you don’t know but possess the body you so desperately hanker after.
My heart really bleeds for you. I want you to know that it’s not a small matter and recovery really is possible. Don’t start tomorrow. Start Now. Promise to love yourself by giving it the proper nutrition it deserves, you deserve. Exercise to be fit and strong. Put away the scale, you are beautiful and way more than a number. Focus on love both for yourself and to give to people around you. Remember that life doesn’t start when you’re skinny (oh, all the promises you made to yourself on how different life would be if you were). Life is now. Don’t let it pass you by.
I don’t know how I ended up talking about all of that from my “diet related habits” but this is a subject that is very close to my heart. Nothing pains me more to see people, especially young, bright, beautiful women who somehow believe that they aren’t beautiful.
Please let’s stop the body-bashing and name calling.
P.s If you need someone to talk to, please feel free to comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t struggle alone!