A lot of people no doubt will be hitting the gyms at this time of year and trying to get into a shape they are confident and comfortable with. While gyms are not for everyone (me included) I still feel it important to look after myself so that I can help others.
This week I have been trying to get back into a routine that I was in before Christmas and look at cutting out the refined sugar again. Obviously this is easier said than done when you hit the shops and you are really hungry!
For breakfast I usually have a single piece of toast. If I have more than one or/and apply jam my blood sugars seem to rise too much! In hospital with my daughter the other day I craved rice based cereal so helped myself to a bowl of it. I say a bowl but actually the portion size was like a small ice cream tub much smaller than the bowls we have at home but enough to satisfy a hungry tummy.
For lunch I normally have a sandwich or one piece of toast with cheese. Cheese is not made up like other dairy produce and has less sugar as a consequence. Dinner is where I get in all my vegetables and usually team this up with a few carbohydrates like rice, pasta etc and some meat. Again I have to be careful of my intake of carbohydrates and fortunately for me I've gone off having chips.
Now while I do love a good pudding these usually come laden with sugar! so if I feel the urge to tuck into something. I usually go for a sugar free jelly or make something leaving out the sugar.
Interspersed with meals and to wash it all down with, I like to have a drink. Oh I'm not talking booze but Still Orange and Peach mineral water does in my opinion come quite close to an Archers and Lemonade sans the sugar and alcohol. Over Christmas I delighted in having a few apple juices on Boxing Day but soon after reverted back to tea, flavoured mineral water and water.
Finally, we all know diet is not always enough so my fitness comes in the form of wrangling a nearly 1 year old baby into her nappy and chasing her around the house so she doesn't get into mischief.
So my top tips that I'm following are:
- Dietary control – cut out the refined sugar (or trying to at least)
- Portion Control
- Being careful about my intake of carbohydrates
- Swapping fizzy and fruit juices for more healthier options
- Exercise - if you can't find a baby to wrangle take part in your favourite sport or dance class