Losing weight with food allergies
Okay so you have food allergies, that doesn’t mean that you cannot get yourself into great shape. I know how hard it is to manage your allergies whilst eating healthy all the time, sometimes I don’t. It’s work! But, the more you do something the easier it gets, it becomes more enjoyable and stays with you as your healthy lifestyle choice. That’s the journey I am on and I take it one meal at a time. Sharing some of my top tips I have adopted on my journey.
1. It is all in the Mind – Positive thinking
Achieving a healthy weight is more about what goes on between our ears rather than what goes in our mouth. Trust me I know and I am sure you have experienced it too. The minute you say to yourself I am on a diet I cannot have a, b, c that pack of potato crisps becomes major irresistible, in fact all the foods that are not good for you become major attractive :). It’s all in the mind! Getting in the right frame of mind is important and thinking of it as a lifestyle choice rather than a diet helps so much.
Some great tips
– Focus on all the wonderful foods that you can eat rather than what you cannot
– Think about how wonderful you feeling and the energy boost you getting
– You are not on a diet you have chosen a healthy lifestyle
– Be positive
2. No Goals- NoTimeframe – Slow and Steady
Don’t set a goal weight yep I have said it …setting a goal weight target and time frame just means you setting up yourself for failure. Accept that any “down” is just great whether you are weighing yourself or just simply going by how your clothes fit. I have thrown out the scales to be honest and have gone with clothes fit and have gone down two dresses now and I am feeling great. In any case does it really matter how long it takes you on your journey believe it or not if you are in the right frame of mind you will get to it …yes you will land at the right weight that’s just right for you!
3. Get up and go – One step at a time
It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you get up and get moving. You do not have to join a gym, believe it or not if you active enough you can burn up more fuel than going to the gym seriously. Opt for an active hobby that will get you urn calories without you knowing about it. Whatever form of exercise you choose it should be fun and enjoyable. Walking is my thing, I walk….10000 steps a day is the magic number ….even if you don’t achieve that number you moving! Also its free there is no training required ….you can do it anywhere and its a lifelong habit that will be with you wherever you are.
4. Dairy, gluten, egg free cakes
Unless you have made it yourself and control the amount of sugar and fat that’s in it, suggest you avoid the ones you get on the go. Why well believe it or not more often than not they are higher in fat and sugar than the regular options. Next time you are out shopping compare!
5. The Portion Rule – Size Matters
Now remember the good old days when plates where small not super-sized! Plates have upsized in the last few years because they have don’t mean that we have to upsize too. No matter what you eating remember the 1/4, 1/4,1/2 rule. Quarter protein, and carbohydrates and half vegetables and you should apply this rule not just for yourself but the whole family. Good eating habits last a lifetime and if you all doing it chances are it becomes the norm rather quickly.
6. Food Allergy Review – Check it
When was the last time you got yourself retested for your allergies? Allergies and intolerances are not static and some resolve over time. I was gluten intolerant for a number of years, but now I can tolerate gluten. Now I have one less allergy to worry about! Thanks to the care of my healthcare profession. I know some people are on a restricted diet because they diagnosed themselves; there is a danger to implementing a long term restrictive diet without obtaining the right support. Do get some professional help it’s worth it. The thing to remember is to get yourself checked out at least once a year.
7. Fruit and Vegetables – Be Creative
Don’t have the same fruit and vegetables all the time mix it up and hey discover new fruits and vegetables. Be creative, find 101 ways of having kale, carrot etc.
I love juicing and have had plenty of fun making juices from recipes or just throwing up one together based on what fruit and vegetables I have. I grow curly kale in the garden so always have some to hand and have made kale and oranges juice. It’s really healthy packed with plenty of vitamins all that’s stuff that’s good for you. I have included the simple recipe for you to try.
Kale Orange juice
6 kale leaves
Juice it up
8. A Simple Rule
Just because you have allergies doesn’t exclude you from all the basic rules….you know all the ones about ensuring you eat the good fats, the ones that are heart healthy. Fat doesn’t come with bonus vitamins and minerals other foods have so do look for reduced fat options.
9. Be a proactive eater – Plan your meals and snacks
What does it mean to be a proactive eater, its deciding what to eat, when and all for the right reasons. Reactive eating is responding to eating cues like being tempted by others eating, or hunger. Allowing yourself to get overly hungry provokes the “I need food and I need it right now” what it is becomes irrelevant. All this can be overcome by being proactive take the time to pack your lunch or snacks, or making sure that you have in your cupboard and fridge some healthy food choices. Put simply know what you going to have meal wise for that day.
10. Be good to yourself
Don’t let food rule your life, it is after all fuel and is meant to be enjoyed. Food isn’t good or bad it’s just food. They are foods that you can have sometimes and others all the time. So go ahead give yourself permission to eat your grandma best ever pie it’s in the “sometimes pile”, if you give yourself permission then there is no guilt. Moreover, every day is a new day a chance to start over so when things aren’t going well don’t throw in the towel. You have not failed, wipe the slate clean, forgive yourself and start again with the next meal.