i would say that if you have a sweet tooth, the worst thing to do is try and cut it out all together. otherwise you’ll have one piece, feel bad for ‘failing’ and think ‘well if i’ve failed now – i might as well have another piece!’
i think 80%-20% is the best ratio for everything under normal circumstances.
stick to lean meats (chicken, turkey and fish) if you can’t go 100% veggie, and switch your refined carbs to whole. white bread/pasta/rice is pointless as it has hardly any benefits to it. if you have wholewheat, you’ll feel happy that you’ve eaten the things you want, but they have the added nutrients that you need.
i have a really bad sweet tooth, and i try to CONSTANTLY graze throughout the day on nuts, seeds and dried fruit. by the time the sandwich man comes at work – i’m not running to get a chocolate bar, because i’ve stuffed myself on pistacios and dried strawberries.
you’ve not got long until your honeymoon, and you’re wanting pretty fast results! so you must be serious about losing weight or you’ll never do it. don’t focus on calories. an avocado has the same amount of calories as a mars bar. should you stay away from the chocolate? yes. should you avoid the avocado? no way.
i find that losing weight works best if you’re willing to change your eating habits for life, and you’re not after a quick-fix. if you fail and have a chocolate bar – it’s not that bad. but it is if you fail daily because you have a big bag of chocolate bars in the house!
breakfast: oatmeal with banana and maple syrup or honey, or wholewheat toast with peanut butter and fruit, or muesli with low fat yoghurt and fruit, or healthy cereal with either skim milk or soya/rice/almond milk, or wholewheat toast with baked beans and a glass of juice.
lunch: jacket potato with cottage cheese and salad, jacket potato with tuna mayo and salad, grilled chicken salad, vegetable soup (without cream), chicken and salad sandwich on wholewheat bread. finish off with a low fat yoghurt.
snacks: dried fruit, nuts and seeds. i like to get a mixed bag so i’m not having the same thing throughout the day. i love dried strawberries, pineapple, plums and mixed seeds. loving pistachios at the moment. i go through a lot of those.
dinner: my absolute favourite is grilled salmon with brown rice and tender stem broccoli. mainly because it’s delicious and easy to make! wholewheat pasta with homemade tomato sauce. grilled chicken, vegetables and potatoes.
i’d recommend limiting your dairy intake, too. try to stay away from lots of cheese, and i try to avoid lots of red meat. processed foods really are a no no.
DRINK LOTS OF WATER. no soda, coffee or alcohol. water only.
look at the colour of your plate. is it mostly beige? you must eat dark green vegetables every day – they’re so important! if i can’t see green on my plate i’m not very happy. i put kale into pasta sauces (i even eat kale with a full english breakfast!!!) and tenderstem broccoli is a staple in our house. i eat spinich, rocket & watercress salad at lunch time so at least i know i’m getting one portion a day – but it’s good to get two.
if you feel like you’re falling off the wagon – message me! i always like to help 🙂