It’s that time of year when some of us are probably trying to lose the Christmas muffin top that’s accumulated around our waist, not just over the festive season, but for a while longer than we care to admit. So it’s time to re-address eating habits and step up the exercise to get a little fitter.
Now that I’m older and wiser, I know that long term restrictive diets don’t work for me because they make me feel deprived to the point where one day in a fit of frustration I’ll say: “Sod it! I need chocolate!” and I’ll buy a large bar and scoff the whole darn thing. That, or if it’s evening already, I’ll open a bottle of wine!
In 2011, after a few years of neglected portion control and too much wine, I lost about 5kgs in 3 months by sticking to a 1200 calorie a day controlled diet combined with exercise, which worked well for me. However, it took some concentration and an unhealthy preoccupation with everything I bought to eat or indeed ate.
So I’ve decided to try the 5 x 2 diet, where you eat normally (but healthily) for 5 days and then cut calories to 500 for two days. This may not be for you, and of course with any diet related change or health advice I offer here, you should consult your own doctor before following anything I recommend.
But I’m giving it a go, and combining it with juicing, especially of the green juice variety, and in this series I’m going to be bringing you my successes and failures warts and all.
Healthy Green Juice Recipes and Juicing
Yay at long last I bought a juicer prompted by my healthy son who suggested the Breville, which is working well and isn’t too hard either to use or clean (important for this lazy old girl).
This week I’ve had a few, let’s say, ‘Ahem’, recipes when I’ve tried to add perhaps too much of the green stuff and it’s actually tasted revolting. However, the following recipes have worked well and we really enjoy them.
I’ve given the recipes names – but I’d love your suggestions.
Zing with a Ting
2 cups of watermelon
4 kale leaves
Half a lemon
2 large sprigs of mint
What I’ve found interesting is the high amount of calories you can clock up in a juice.
With Good Golly (above) I put together a healthy breakfast (see below) and that came to more calories than I thought – which proves how important it is to write things down in a food diary! I can see that today is not going to be one of my 500 calorie a day days! Back to the drawing board for tomorrow!
Blueberry Passion Muesli
25g muesli (85 calories)
Half a tub of Greek Yoghurt (80 calories)
10 Blueberries (21 calories)
25g passion fruit pulp (25 calories)
Mint to decorate
377 calories in total including juice.
All calorie counts are approximate and supplied by My Fitness Pal
I’d love to know what plans, or small changes to your lifestyle you’re making to stay fit and healthy this year.
That juice combination and the muesli look delicious, but as for me I often just eat a random handful or 2 of green leaves most days when I feel like I haven’t been eating enough greens. I’m too lazy/busy to mix up juices every day when I’m happy enough just to eat the raw ingredients, but I wouldn’t turn down a yummy green juice or smoothie if someone made one for me 😉
I think that’s great Bonny – and that way you get the fibre too. Green juices have their place, but they are time consuming too.
Delicious, thank you 🙂
Glad you liked, Muza-chan!
Good for your Jo, I’m also doing the 5:2 diet presently and I know how difficult it is to keep the food intake under 500 calories. Those little buggers sure add up fast! I’m not into juicing, but I like a good healthy smoothie using almond milk instead of dairy. Thanks for the tips!
Ohh, the healthy smoothie with almond milk sounds delish and very healthy, Kathy 🙂
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I need to kick the cheese sandwich in front of the computer (pretending it’s breakfast) before work and actually eat a bowl of musli or cereal. I love this time of year with range of stone fruit that is easily available. I definitely need to start a new health reigeme as over the last few months the kgs have snuck on ( and I can’t just blame Christmas). Dieting has never worked for me – kicking out the snacks and trying to do more exercise is on my plan for a healthier me this year.
Great post Jo – I think well timed for many of us.
Oh I so sympathise Jill! Me too. Yep, it’s the small everyday changes that have longterm effects. Keep going 🙂
Hi Jo, two great suggestions. The big change I’m attempting this year is to not start the day with my usual two coffees. It’s a terrible habit I got into when my newborn would get me out of bed at 5am and tricks my body into thinking that it’s had brekky. Definitely time to start the day with more nutrition.
Kicking the coffee habit is hard, but good I reckon Nina. I was drinking too much and couldn’t sleep at night 🙁