You know that new week-new me saying? Well, I say you don’t have to wait until Monday or for the 1st of January to start over, because every day is a good day to begin your journey. How about this Saturday? Just slip into your kicks and go work-out for an hour, or head to the supermarket and treat yourself with a bunch of healthy food. Now since the majority of questions I received from you guys were about my nutrition, I thought I’d do that article first and save the work-outs for later. For those who missed the first part of my transformation series,simply click here and to get ahead: This article isn’t going to be any shorter than the previous one, because there’s so much I have to tell you.
Let’s start at the rock-bottom. When work-life began three years ago, my eating habits were at their worst. I had pastries in the morning, chocolate as a snack and usually some fast-food on the go (McDonald’s VIP client) for lunch. When I came home in the afternoon I was hungry again and destroyed a bowl (or two?) full of cereals. But that wasn’t all of it,no,no, there was also some major snacking happening in between with chocolate bars and candy, and lots of them.
I was left unhappy, without energy, bad sleep and a body that wouldn’t fit into my old clothes anymore. Fortunately I’m blessed with a pretty good skin, otherwise who knows what my face would have looked like with this extensive consumption of sweets. Pimples hello?! Don’t even want to think about it.
When I signed up at the gym in late 2014, I thought that it was the right moment to try and change my eating habits. Yes, try is the exact right word to use, because my nutrition was one big mess at that time as well. A piece of fruit for breakfast, some greek yoghurt and berries for lunch and a protein shake for dinner. That basically was on the menu from Monday to Friday. The weekend’s, on the other side, were one big feast, because I thought that hey,I’ve been so good during the week,I definitely deserve it. So it was Pizza on Friday evening, pastries on Saturday morning, sushi for dinner, pastries again on Sunday morning, pasta for lunch and preferably more pasta for dinner, yup this one was devouring like 1 1/2half trio de pasta in ten minutes.
This went on for around three months and I was seriously wondering why I wasn’t moving forward. Very frustrating.
In March I had enough of not feeling good in my skin ,of being constantly hungry and moody, and of not making any progress. That was when I turned to Jean Marie Bermer from Powerfood’s JMB. Being a certified nutritionist and a trustful person as well with a hell lot of experience, he made me a nutrition plan based on my weight,height and bodyfat-percentage all while taking my daily routines into consideration.
When I first looked at this plan, I thought damn that’s not much food. Hum surprise, the first days I couldn’t even eat all of it because it was so much. Which brings me to an important point : In order to lose weight you don’t have to starve yourself, on the contrary you have to eat (a lot) to make your body work and burn that fat. It may not look like much on the paper, but once you have that freshly cooked meal in front of you,it will be like How am I gonna eat all of this?!
Now how did I switch from McDonalds and sweets all day to eating so healthy? Well,there was no magic trick, sorry to disappoint you. I just had enough of not being able to look at myself in the mirror and once you reach that point you’re willing to change anything. And that’s what I did. It was hard at first because my body was still, badly, craving the unhealthy food, but once I saw the first improvements and, moreover, realized that my new nutrition did my body good, everything seemed so easy suddenly and totally worth it.
As of today, I have way more energy, sleep like a bear at night and never feel hungry during the day. I got rid of all these ugly cravings and that disgusting feeling unhealthy food left me with. My belly always feels full and I’m not even overindulging. I just eat according to my goals and, more important, to my body’s needs. I learned that losing the weight is not the only thing that counts, but to stop treating your body like a trashcan is equally important and, as cheezy as this may sounds, it will thank you for it.
Sticking to this specific plan helps me a lot.When at the grocery store I only buy what is on the list, prepare it, put it into my food-bag and have my meals ready with me all day. It sure takes some time to get used to all this cooking and preparing and measuring, but once I got into it, it became a routine just like washing the teeth in the morning. And now I can’t even imagine going back to my old eating habits.
To give you a quick example before finishing: When I was on vacation earlier this month, the food selection at the hotel gave me a hard time. Everything was fried, soaked in fat and overly sweetened and I was seriously shocked about it. The first day I opted for a pineapple juice, as this is a natural booster, and 4 eggs together with roasted cereal bread as this was the healthiest thing available. I took exactly a half sip of the juice and immediately my entire face contracted because there was so much sugar in it,like ewwww,how can you even drink that? When three years ago I would have devoured a liter of it without a wink. The other days I opted for water and put three slices of lemons in it, that made the deal as well 😉
That was basically the story behind my nutrition change and for the more detailed stuff, you can simply check out the FAQ at the bottom of this post
That’s still my happy yay there’s food-face 😉
Pretty photos by Lifting-Fairy because I suck at taking food-pics 😉