Buck the trend – do a traditional healthy eating challenge!

I am going to set myself a four week challenge adding a new health challenge each week. See the affects of making these traditionally healthy changes on my body and my wellbeing

As some of you may have already read, I am an early thirties girl living in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world – London. I consider myself fairly typical of females of my age and wanted to create a blog to provide a platform to discuss and share some of the experiences which I come across as I know I am not the only one who has gone through them. As a kick off to my blog, I thought I would start with a light-hearted fitness related post!

The challenge

With the fun Christmas festivities, it is easy to overindulge on all the luxurious and delicious food and drink that is around at this time of year. My indulgences this year include thickly covered chocolatey biscuits, glasses of Chablis and fruity, buttery mince pies! Christmas aside, I have increasingly created bad habits of eating out most nights, being drawn towards beige meals and getting so caught up in work that I do not have time to hydrate which, given the stress at work, has increased the headaches I experience amongst other things. Therefore, what better way to kick start my blog than a kick start health challenge!

I want to set myself a challenge so I start 2017 on a healthy note and get in shape. But with so many diets and fitness trends around, I am a very confused girl indeed! I feel as a nation we have become exceedingly bombarded with more and more information about fitness, losing weight and the latest diets. Every one of us would love a shortcut to get fit and healthy and these countless fads (such as cutting out major food groups) allow us to believe we can look good, get healthy whilst still enjoy some of the delicious food out there. BUT, being a traditionalist who believes in “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants” as advised by Michael Pollan, I believe the best way to a healthy lifestyle (not just for weight loss) is by eating a plant based, real food diet whilst still enjoying the occasional treat from time to time….it will take a lot for me to give up on my chocolate. This challenge is to see how effective this attitude is to getting in good (i.e. hot!), physical shape!

I have decided to go back to basics and implement old fashioned eating and drinking habits to help get me back on track and create healthy habits whilst exercising 3-4 times a week. I want to introduce small but effective changes which I can adapt to everyday life week by week. So I have listed the changes I will make each week:

  1. Drink 2 litres of water a day – great for your skin, energy and …poop!
  2. Eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day – recommended by the NHS and many of us fail to reach this target. Are the government established guidelines realistic?
  3. Eat fruit/vegetables with each meal – again, a plant based diet is vital for healthy living yet given our lifestyles, I personally find this very difficult and boring!
  4. Cook all my meals – the scariest part of the challenge! We hear a lot about the hidden contents lurking in food which we purchase from establishments so I am going to try and go back to basics so I know exactly what is in my food

I am going to start my challenge today and am very excited to see the effects! As each week goes by, I will provide an update on my weekly progress including picture progress on how these changes are affecting my body. I am going to add changes incrementally so by the last week, I will be doing all four challenges. Given that I currently am having trouble eating plant based food and have not cooked at home for months, this will be a huge challenge and lifestyle change for me! But for now, I am going to go and hydrate…

Please leave comments below on challenges that you want to set for yourself in the coming year! Speak in a week 🙂

Confused Girl Dot Com??

Calling myself a ‘girl’ maybe me being a bit too kind to myself….but I am going to do it anyway! 😀

As a means of introduction, I am a 30 year old professional who has come from a working class and modest background. From a family of migrants, I have gone from a deprived borough with no grammar or private schools to one of the top universities in the world. I have also dabbled in beauty pageants taking part in two national competitions for the Miss World title.

The different experiences which life has blessed me with, has enabled me to gain insights into a variety of different aspects of the world.

I therefore, wanted to start a blog to allow an opportunity to share some of the experiences I have or those I will come across. I have always been told that the feelings I go through are not unusual therefore I wanted share these intimate insights into my life to let you know that you are not alone.

Having said the above, I endeavour to throw in some less serious blogs including my latest obsession with lipsticks….I was a late starter when it came to lipstick having always been a lip gloss girl 😉

A picture of me feeling particularly empowered!