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#2 A meal plan constructed by an expert (even if you know what you are doing! remove all doubt!)
Today's post will build on #2 because I have a lot to say on the subject of food!
a) Changes need to be permanent
The most important thing I have learnt about changing your body through nutrition so far is that absolutely any change you make needs to be for good; there is no point making any temporary changes because any results you get will also be temporary and you might drive yourself mildly cuckoo in the process. For example, the brain comes up with all sorts of crazy 'quick fix' ideas when one is desperate- I remember at times feeling so disgusted with my body that something would snap, I just wanted the fat OFF NOW! So in an attempt to 'jumpstart' the process I would severely restrict calories 'just for a few days' etc you know how it goes. But even just a few days of any low calorie diet was enough to send me headfirst into the fridge not to be seen for another few days. I did 'succeed' a few times at torturing myself for extended periods with low calorie diets and a lot of cardio (something like 12 hours high intensity per week) only to regain the weight plus a bit more for good measure.
I am grateful that I did not waste more of my life on this yo yo rollercoaster. This year, I have had to learn to be patient, consistent and persistent in my efforts to lose the excess weight for the LAST TIME. (I intend to maintain at about 10% over the weight I will compete at). Everyone is different and some people need to 'relax' more during their offseason but I think what will work for me is to stay relatively lean year round so that i don't have to make drastic changes to my lifestyle.
So in order to create a meal plan that I would be happy to stick to indefinately- of course, the meals need to TASTE GOOD :) Keep tweaking your recipes and come up with suitable variations for variety til you love it!
We were chatting on lindyolsen's forum this week about BREAKFAST my most loved meal of the day. This is what I look forward to every morning after my 30min walk:
Omelette with vegies
(pictured beans, cabbage and onion) I also like broccoli, tomato, mushroom and red capsicums
Seasoned with garlic, black pepper and either parsley or oregano
I slow cook rolled oats in water on stovetop
at the end, I mix in cinnamon, splenda, lecithin, psyllium husks and sometimes vanilla and LSA