On my one month anniversary a few days ago, I asked you to ask me questions, and you did. So I will try my best to answer them. Enjoy 🙂
1. What Do You Eat Everyday?
Now, this is a tricky question to answer, because I don’t follow a plan or eat the same things every day. I eat when I am hungry and eat until I am full. Sometimes I get sick of for instance eggs (my usual breakfast) and eat dinner leftovers or porridge. But a normal day looks somehow like this; omelette with vegies and cheese, salad with feta and olive oil with fish or meat, fruit with coconut cream and then stir fry with lots of vegetables, butter or oil and fish/chicken/beef and coconut or sour cream. Sometimes I eat quinoa, rice, couscous and oats. Sometimes I also eat dark chocolate, pizza and bread. And I eat out at restaurants and eat what I am given when having dinner at a friend’s house. I love food and don’t see why I need to restrict everything, just because I live a healthy lifestyle. It is actually possible to be a foodie and be healthy. Hope this somehow answered the question.
2. How Did You Lose Weight?
I completely changed my lifestyle. From being pretty lazy and chubby and eating ice cream on the couch after work everyday, I started running, cut all sugar, dairy, wheat, processed food and everything fun (yes, I did for 6 months). I was training every morning, mainly running, and ate green vegies, brown rice, chicken and white fish and dropped about 20 kilos in half a year. A little too much, and I got obsessed by the scales. You can read more about my weigh loss and weight gain here.
3. Do You Have A Boyfriend?
Yes I do and thanks for asking. I’ll take that as a compliment 🙂
My philosophy is Do Something Every Day, but that doesn’t mean that you have to completely flog yourself in the gym every day. A Something can be as little as a walk or a mini workout on the living room floor. It all counts and it’s so much better than doing nothing. It frustrates me how many people chose to do nothing active, because they ‘don’t have time’ – well you do, because Something is better than nothing! Get moving! I get bored easily, so I mix it up. I’ll run a long run one day, do yoga the next, lift weights a few times a week (circuits, super sets, drop sets – keeping it interesting), run intervals, go for a walk, do a boxing session – whatever makes me happy and get my heart going. It’s not that important what you do, it’s important that you do something. Dancing, swimming, aerobics, pilates – find something you enjoy, because then you will actually do it!
5. Do You Ever Eat Something Unhealthy?
That really depends on the definition of unhealthy. As I said above, I eat chocolate, pizza, dessert and other ‘unhealthy’ things. But not every day. I believe in balance. There is a lot of talk about the 20/80 rule, maybe I am unconsciously following this? If your definition of unhealthy is saturated fat, then I am seriously unhealthy. But last time I checked my cholesterol (two weeks ago) my total cholesterol was 4.2 (5.5 or less is considered healthy) and my HDL was 1.8 (1.0 or more is considered healthy) so my high fat intake can’t be that bad?
6. Where Do You Find Inspiration For Your Blog Posts?
Most of the time, it just comes to me. I am very passionate about food and health, and I get really upset and angry when I see a lot of the ads on TV, products in supermarkets and people on the street. It frustrates me how people are not looking after their health (we only have one body, so better make sure it lasts for a long time!) and then get sick (due to diet and being overweight) and becomes a financial burden to the health system and it could have been prevented. The total financial cost of type 2 diabetes is estimated at $10.3 billion. Of this, carer costs were estimated as $4.4 billion, productivity losses were $4.1 billion, health system costs were $1.1 billion and $1.1 billion was due to obesity (numbers from Diabetes Australia). That just makes me sick. There is really no other reason for Type 2 Diabetes than eating to much crap and not exercising. So, I guess most of the inspiration for writing comes from me wanting to inspire more people to be healthy and looking after their bodies. If I can inspire one person today to make a better choice, it has been a good day! Did that answer it?
There was a few similar questions too, but I think this have summed it up. If there is anything else, feel free to leave me a comment.
While I am here; what did you do for your Something Every Day today? I did Yoga and I am going to the gym in about an hour to lift some (seriously) heavy weights.