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How I’ve changed my diet to improve my health

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I’ve changed my diet a few times.

And whilst most have had great short to medium term effects, none have really worked out for me in the long term. For various reasons, I’ve given up, changed my mind or switched to something else. Any pounds I lost came back and brought friends.

One thing it’s shown me is that ‘diets’ don’t work for me. At some point, I plateau and that’s it then. I quit. Plus, I cheat.

I know THEY talk about how diets are wrong and it’s better to adopt a ‘lifestyle change’ for long term success. And how we should prioritise overall good health over weight loss. I mean, I understood what that meant, but that was never a quick enough fix for me.

I’ve been unhelpfully told to ‘just eat everything in moderation’. Everything? Really? No.

I didn’t want a lifestyle change. I wanted to lose 20kgs now! But, having struggled with my weight for over 20 years, I finally feel like I’m ready to give this ‘lifestyle change’ thing a go.

So I did! A month ago, I overhauled my eating habits in quite a drastic way and the changes have been brilliant. They didn’t start happening overnight – in fact, it’s only in the past week or so that I’ve started to notice them – weight loss included!

This time, it isn’t a struggle, it’s exciting, challenging and fun – and as much as I still want the 20kgs weight loss, I’m happy to be patient and have the confidence that it will happen.

I might write a bit more about the changes and what’s working for me – if you want to read more?

I’ve hesitated to in the past and changed my mind because I think, deep down, I knew what I was doing was not going to be long term and I didn’t want to let anyone down.

I feel VERY differently this time – I know this is a lifelong plan and rather than weight loss motivating me, good health is. So I suppose they were right all along! Except for the ‘eating everything in moderation’ bit. That, my friends, is not possible for all.
For now, I’ll give you a brief rundown of what I’ve been doing:

My Health Changes

1. I quit alcohol

As you know, three months ago I quit drinking alcohol. You can click here to find out about why I became alcohol-free.

Quitting the booze has meant I no longer drink empty calories and I’m more considered when reaching for snacks to accompany my Netflix viewing!

The result: I put weight on. Seriously!! However, I think it’s because I still overdid the sugar in the day and I’ve cut that right back so the weight has stopped going up and started going down. Phew.

2. I sleep better

A couple of weeks into not drinking, I noticed my sleep is SO much better. I still struggle with getting to sleep some nights but once I’m out, I’m OUT!

The result: I’m SO much more productive the next day. Whilst I’m never going to be the person that leaps out of bed, it’s no longer a slow roll.

3. I no longer eat animal products

My decision to go plant-based was not something I took lightly and I spent a lot of time researching and soul-searching if it was right for me. I probably need to write about this separately because there’s a bit of background to it.

First up, I stopped eating meat and continued with dairy but then decided to quit dairy too. Overall, I haven’t found this too challenging.

4. I started a 21 day plant-based challenge

Have you heard of Kris Carr? She’s been living with incurable cancer for over a decade and is one of the most inspirational women I know of.

She exudes positivity and educates on wellness for the mind, body and soul. I love her. And I love her. And did I mention that I love her?

I jumped on her 21 day challenge and it’s given me the education and structure I needed to ensure that I’m eating the right food now, for my body, as well as meditating, exercising and taking time for self-care too.

The recipes are amazing and not at all boring. For example – chocolate features regularly!

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Not my breakfast! This was last night’s dessert and omg so good. Strawberries with chocolate dip (I drizzled instead) made from 70% dark choc and unsweetened almond milk ??? . YUM! . This 21 day challenge gets better by the day! ??? . . . . . #plantbasedmom #plantbasedmum #inmybowl #whatieatinaday #vegan #plantbased #plantbaseddiet #plantbasedmeal #plantbasediet #plantbasedlife #plantbasedeating #plantbasedfoodie #plantbasedliving #plantbasedfamily #plantbasedwholefood #plantbasedwholefoods #plantbasedlifestyle #plantbaseddiets #plantbasedbreakfast #wholefooddiet #wholefoodie #wholefoodplantbaseddiet #wholefoodrecipes #wholefoodies #kriscarr #plantbaseddessert #strawberries #chocolatesauce #chocolatedippedstrawberries

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The result: Since quitting dairy and getting my sugar consumption (more!) under control, I’ve started to lose weight. I also have no digestive issues or tummy aches – which was something I would sometimes get before. I’m feeling so happy that I’ve made this investment in myself and my health and I know it’s setting me up with the skills and mindset for a lifetime of success after the 21 days are up.

The challenge is centered on eating clean and vegan and exercise and meditation is also incorporated. This is just my first week in but I’m so far loving it!

You can click here to follow me on Instagram as that’s where I’ve been tracking my progress and showing off some of the delicious meals that are part of the plan.

Let me know if you would be interested in me sharing some of the ways I’m making small health changes.

I’ll leave you with this video – after watching Brene Brown’s “The Call to Courage” on Netflix last week, I had an absolute epiphany that I had to share. Have you seen it?

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  1. / 8:46 pm

    Wow! It sounds like 2019 has been a huge year for you already – and there’s still 2/3 of it left to go! It must be so exciting to be able to see and feel the change, and to have found something that’s working for you. Not to like, rose-tinted-glasses it, but maybe there’s a sense in which you needed to have experienced all those things that DIDN’T work over the years, in order to get to a place where you were truly open to trying out this lifestyle-change approach to your health and wellbeing? Like the Thomas Edison quote – “I have not failed. I’ve just found 1000 ways that didn’t work.” But for life instead of lightbulbs!

    • Mim
      / 9:51 am

      I think you’re right! The ‘testing’ I’ve done wasn’t wasted, it was all good research to find out what was going to work for me – and what wasn’t sustainable long term :) x

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