Whilst in Greece, despite eating meals like this:
(Grilled calamari stuffed with feta cheese & roasted peppers, for those of you who are curious), I lost almost 2kg. Why? Because the majority of my meals were healthy and unprocessed, I walked every day and I cut down on the amount of Coke I was drinking and increased the amount of water.
Therefore, I decided to keep doing this at home – eat as healthy as possible and try to reduce or cut out all the processed crap, walk at least 30 minutes every day, go to the gym at least 2 times a week and cut down on the Coke & increase the water intake.
Also, right before I left for Greece I found out that my cholesterol level is high. The doctor thought this might be an anomaly, so is going to re-test me in August, but I know it isn’t. Therefore, I’m trying to reduce my cholesterol through diet and exercise rather than having to go on life-long medication. The diet I’m using as a template is the Portfolio Diet as various studies have shown it effective at reducing cholesterol.
Today is officially Day One, although I have been trying to eat better since arriving home from Greece. I’m using My Fitness Pal to track my food intake. Even though I hate counting calories, I know this is the best way for me to learn what to eat, what not to eat and in what amounts. I’m also using Runtastic to track my daily walks as it plugs into My Fitness Pal so saves me from having to try to calculate and add my daily walks into it.
So far I’m loving the new diet – porridge made with light soy milk for breakfast and this amazing home-made seafood salad for lunch (just 150 calories!)
I’m planning on having some herb encrusted salmon with vegetables for dinner using a fish herb mix I brought back from Greece. If nothing else, I’m hoping to get back my love for experimenting in the kitchen from this new way of eating.
I will try not to become annoying about this new way of living, but I will be blogging perhaps once a week about it, as accountability is important when trying to change habits and so I’m holding myself accountable to the whole internet.
If you have thought, now that spring is here (in the northern hemisphere) and is practically shouting ‘come outside & enjoy the sunshine’, that you want to also start a healthier me challenge involving whatever it takes to make a healthier you, let me know. I’m an awesome cheerleader.