10 ways to make dieting a pleasure

As soon as you say the word ‘dieting’ it conjures up all kinds of mental imagery of bland and boring, ‘chicken and broccoli’ type meals with no flavours ready to make you starving hungry and miserably restricted.

TRUST ME

Dieting doesn’t need to be like this. FACT

MY TAKE ON DIETING

A diet pan should only last around 14-30 days. The purpose being that it educates you on a healthy eating patterns and how to structure and schedule your preferred eating style around your busy schedule.

After this time you should be able to leave the diet plan behind and be self sustaining. This is exactly what I do with my clients and the foods should be flexible and tasty throughout, improving your energy and physical & mental health.

If it’s restrictive and you feel starving hungry or miserable it’s simply not sustainable and you will likely fall off with a big bingeing session following shortly after.

A short diet plan is an opportunity to potentially learn a whole new style of eating with endless flavour combinations, textures and cooking methods!

Who wouldn’t get excited for that…?

So here are 10 ways to make ‘dieting’ a pleasure

1. FIND A NEW RECIPE

There are plenty of resources on and off the internet to find new recipes to experiment with. Simply type your favourite food or ingredients into a search engine and you will find loads of recipes on how to make various different versions of that food.

Here are some great low carb breakfast recipes.

2. BUY A NEW COOK BOOK

The shelves at your local book shop display an endless array of, meat, vegetarian, Italian, paleo, Indian etc, cook books. Pick one, have a flick through and start enjoying the wide range of foods and flavours available to you.

This really is what foods all about, enjoying not only new dishes but different cultural styles of eating.

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3. TAKE A COOKING CLASS

This one can be really fun. I’ve done a few cooking classes and always met really nice people who have a passion for food and you can learn a heck of a lot from the teacher so you can become your own little chef when you get back home.

Being kitchen savvy really is the corner stone of happy life long eating.

4. ASK A FOODIE FRIEND FOR THEIR FAVOURITE MEALS

Send that text… Ask your fittest friend what their favourite ‘diet’ food is and pick their brains about their favourite recipes and any little tips you can get from them to ensure you get enjoyment out of what youre eating.

5. SEARCH FOR A NEW VEGETABLE

This should be near the top of the list. Every few weeks go for a wander round the fruit and vegetable isle at your local super market or even a foreign food market and hunt out something different.

Don’t think, just buy it then get a recipe when you get home or just add it to your normal food for a bit of variation.

6. SEARCH FOR A NEW SOURCE OF PROTEIN

Here in the UK we have to go hunting (not literally, just round the supermarket) if we want anything other than chicken, beef, pork, turkey, salmon, tuna and various white fish. Why not try some buffalo or Elk or even some tilapia?

7. SEARCH FOR A NEW CARB

Rice or sweet potato? bread or noodle? which ever your staple ‘go-to’ carb is, why not switch it up next time you go shopping?

Try millet, buckwheat, cous cous or a sprouted grain…

8. THE ‘HOW TASTY’ EXPERIMENT

Sit down with your family or friends once a week and rate a recipe.

All sitting around the dinner table you can try your latest recipe and give it a number out of 10 for how tasty it is and if you would incorporate it into your day to day eating.

9. THE HEALTHIEST PLACE TO EAT IN TOWN

Again you can ask a fit friend where they go for lunch or you can hit the search engine again.

If you’re a Londoner like me its very quickly becoming trendy to ‘eat healthy’ so the choices are increasing all the time.

10. FOOD PARTY

Get a group of friends together (preferably all with an interest in healthy eating) and have a food party.

Everyone has to bring a healthy dish which they’ve cooked from scratch. List the ingredients and method and everyone can try it. Swap recipes and have a great time doing it.

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