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I’m a quitter.

I always have been. Pretty much every extracurricular activity I’ve ever started I’ve quit.

Normally, quitting is seen as a bad thing. Well, especially if it’s something that’s seen as good for you. I’ve decided I’m quitting weight loss clubs. This might be viewed by some as quitting something good for you. But I wholeheartedly disagree. Don’t worry, I’m planning on telling you why. And also talking a bit about my relationship with food and dieting and what made me get to this decision.

Before we go all the way back to my teenage years, let me fill you in on the point I decided once and for all that weight loss groups are ultimately a load of s**te. During a moment of weakness in February, I joined Weight Watchers. Focusing on, as I’ve always done, the number on the scales I was feeling a bit bummed out after some Christmas weight gain. Week in week out I was disappointed with the results. Nothing much was changing with the number.

But I’d been making changes. My new job and free gym membership meant more exercise. I was eating better. I was convinced the weight would at some point catch up and drop off. The tipping point came a few weeks ago. The woman in front of me getting weighed had a good week. She lost more than the week before. When asked what she had done differently her answer was exercise less. To which the class leader told her that just goes to prove you don’t have to exercise to get results!

I couldn’t believe my ears!

I was livid. This woman was being told to focus on her results on the scales rather than being encouraged to be fit and healthy! Oh, and getting charged about £6 a week for the privilege! When I got home I emailed and cancelled my membership.

I’ve had body issues for most of my life. During my early teenage years, this was unjustified. But as I got closer to 20 my weight just kept creeping up. I spent most of my 20s very overweight. I’ve actually been going to weight loss clubs on and off for almost half of my life. I joined Slimming World and finally lost the weight (over 2 stone), the fear of gaining the weight back has definitely kept me obsessed with the scales.

As much as I’m slating these groups, I don’t deny they serve a purpose. And can do you good. If you have a lot of weight to lose they can be a great starting point. But they are not an effective long-term way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle (body and mind). They can help people overhaul their diet. But I learned nothing about nutrition at any of the groups I went to. And once you’ve lost the weight the only focus is on keeping that number on the scales the same. There is no focus on body fat percentage, or how many inches you’ve lost.

Once I lost the weight I needed to get rid of and started exercising in a different way my weight changed. I was seen as a failure. I was asked what I was going to do to get my weight back down. Your success or failure at these things is purely based on how much weight you take off and keep off. How demoralising is that?! I never got any praise for the fact that I knocked about four minutes off my 5k time, or that my strength was improving and I could leg press more than my body weight. No well done for the fact that even though the scales have changed I can still fit my ass into my size 10 jeans.

When I say I’m quitting weight loss groups I’m not saying I’m stopping caring and will eat everything in sight. What I’m saying is I don’t want to spend my life on a diet. Friday night pizza shouldn’t make me feel guilty!

I need to redress my relationship with food. And I need to start looking at my body and not focus on the bits I hate. I need to stop hating bits of my body! When I have kids in the future I don’t want them to see me constantly on a diet. I don’t want to give them the same body issues I have.

Being obsessed with how our bodies look, rather than what they’re capable of is bad for our mental wellbeing. And diet clubs enable this unhealthy way of thinking.

I would love to know your thoughts on the subject and find out about your experiences of weight loss and body positivity.

 

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Last week I shared some of my favourite breakfast choices with you, but as I said I have so many suggestions that I wanted to spread it over two posts.

This week I’m sharing some more of my choices with you.

Oat & banana pancakes. I’m not really one for American style pancakes so this healthy alternative is right up my street. If you like to smother your pancakes in maple syrup then go ahead (although it will make this breakfast a lot less healthy) but I like to put a bit of greek yogurt and some fruit on top of mine! You can find my recipe for pancakes here.

Sweet omelette. I normally wouldn’t go for a sweet omelette but Mark introduced me to peanut butter and banana omelettes and I was hooked! Whip up 2-3 eggs, add a splash of milk and a teaspoon of honey. Pour into a hot frying pan and add a few teaspoons of peanut butter and sliced banana. I’m not going to go into how you actually make an omelette, as I think that is something most people know how to make (if you really don’t know how, just Google it!).

Avocado & eggs on toast. This is a new favourite of mine, and such a cliché blogger breakfast. I mean you only have to look at the above photo to see how Instagrammable this breakfast choice is!  I’m not really sure where avocado has been all my life but I LOVE it! Mash up half an avocado, spread on two slices of toast and top with a poached egg (I have an egg poacher that you use in the microwave, they only take about a minute and a half). Super tasty and quick brekkie!

Fruit salad & yogurt. Another quick and easy option. Use fat free yogurt, or Skyr yogurt if you want a higher protein breakfast and add with fruit of your choice.

So there you go, tasty healthy breakfast choices! Is there anything you would add to my list?

xxx
 
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I consider myself a pretty healthy eater.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m partial to the occasional binge, but generally speaking I try to make healthy choices.

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and from someone who spent the majority of her teenage years skipping breakfast, it is now one of my favourite meals of the day. So much so I managed to come up with a lot of breakfast options. So many in fact I decided to split them over two posts. I will have pt.2 on the blog next Friday.

Long gone are the days of cereal or a couple of slices of toast! You can get so creative with breakfast choices you won’t get bored at all. Here are a few of my favourite things to eat for brekkie.

Overnight oats. These are fantastic! So easy to make, and there are so many different combinations that even if you had these every morning you wouldn’t get fed up. Change the flavour of yogurt you use, grate apple into them, add different fruit or even add protein powder if you’re going to be eating them after a workout. You can find my recipe for them here.

Porridge. Great to warm you up on a cold Scottish morning. Which, let’s be honest is most mornings in Scotland! Again this is something you can make in many different ways. Cinnamon and honey, jam, peanut butter. All loaded with fruit. Blueberries and banana are my first choice. Now, the Scottish lass in me loves porridge the Scottish way best of all – made with salt and milk on top to cool it down. Yum! There is mixed opinion on this, some people think porridge this way is disgusting but it reminds me of the way my Nana and Gran made me porridge when I was a kid.

Oat muffins. Flourless and tasty. Add a mashed banana, some cinnamon and honey. A perfect ‘on the go’ breakfast you can make the night before. Find my recipe here.

Eggs. Such a fantastic breakfast food! Low calorie, packed with protein (perfect after a morning workout) and quick to make. Poached, boiled, scrambled or fried, I’m not fussy. Add a bit of salt and pepper and you’re in business!

Full cooked breakfast. I’m not a fan of a greasy fry up but from my experience you can still eat food like this when you’re trying to be healthy and lose weight, it comes down to  the meat you use and the way you cook a full breakfast being the difference between healthy or not. So, in my house, it’s a ‘grill’ up and no oil is used to cook it. I cook bacon with the fat cut off, if potato scones are added they are cooked in fry light spray. No Scottish cooked brekkie is complete without square sausage and the Skinni range square sausage has hardly any fat. Add beans, fried mushrooms and eggs and you have a great treat breakfast for the weekend.

xxx
 


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It has been said that Elvis Presley’s favourite food combination was peanut butter, bacon and banana.

And I’m not gonna lie, I can see why it was. Sometimes the weirdest combinations are the best. Add this combo to a burger and you have the king of burgers!

This burger is probably nowhere near as bad for you as it would have been if Elvis had made it himself, after all he wasn’t well known for his healthy diet! But healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad and you can definitely make a healthy version of this.

This burger is part veggie, I like using Quorn burgers because they actually don’t really taste any different from real beef ones and they are super low fat, which always wins for me. Here is my (as always) super easy burger recipe.

Ingredients:

Quorn burger (you can use beef burgers or make your own, see my recipe here)
2 slices of bacon (with the fat cut off before cooking)
half a small banana
1 tsp peanut butter 

Method:

1. Cook the burgers and bacon, these can be cooked under the grill or on the hob. If you use Quorn burgers there will be no fat dripping out them during cooking so I normally do these on the hob.

2. If you fry the bacon, remove from the pan once cooked and dab any fat from it with kitchen roll.

3. Spread 1 tsp of peanut butter on the lid of the roll and slice the banana.

4. Assemble your burger, with the banana on top. And you’re good to tuck in!

I had home made healthy chips and cauliflower and cheese fritters on the side. You can find my easy healthy chips recipe here.

There you have it, a healthy, quick and ridiculously tasty burger! Let me know what you think if you try it.

xxx
 
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When it comes to pancakes, I’m not a fan of the traditional type. At all.

Thick, American pancakes, I wouldn’t thank you for them! I much prefer lighter pancakes or a healthy variation of them. I was out on Tuesday night so didn’t have pancakes for my dinner, but as far as I’m concerned every day can be pancake day, and with a recipe this easy there’s no reason it can’t be.

Since I always like a recipe that’s super easy to follow with very little ingredients this one is perfect for me – it has only three ingredients and most importantly they’re really quick to make. The addition of the oats make the consistency of the mixture slightly thicker and therefore easier to cook than your normal two ingredient banana pancakes.

Ingredients:

40g of oats
2 eggs
1 banana

Method:

1. Put all the ingredients into a mixer (I use a NutriBullet) to blitz them all together.

2. Spray a frying pan with Fry Light spray and heat. Using a spoon start putting the mixture into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes before flipping to cook on the other side. Continue until all the mixture is used. If you put the oven on a low heat you can keep the cooked pancakes warm.

3. Serve with fat free greek yogurt, a teaspoon of honey and fruit of your choice.

And there you have it! Super easy three ingredient pancakes. Perfect for weekend brunch.

xxx
 
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