The truth about eating late at night

Before I changed my eating habits and started doing a lot more regular exercise, rather than the yearly trip to the gym to make myself feel better, I used to eat an excessive amount of food late in the evening.By late in the evening I mean between the times of 8pm and 12am or maybe even later sometimes. Looking back on it now I realize that this was probably one of the main aspects of my routine that was affecting my weight and also my sleeping pattern, a lot of people don’t realize that eating late at night can keep you awake at night or make you have a very restless sleep because think about it, you eat to give yourself a boost of energy so why are you eating at 11pm? YOU DON’T NEED TO!

The consolation to this habit is that it is accepted IF you are working out. If you are enduring high intensity workouts and burning a serious amount of calories each day, your body is going to become depleted of glycogen which is type of carbohydrate that is stored in your body thus meaning its gonna need more sugars than somebody who is not working out. If you go and do a workout and 9pm and want a bowl of pasta when you get home, have the bowl of pasta because your body needs it, if its 9pm and you haven’t done a workout, then I’m sorry but you don’t deserve that piece of chocolate you’ve been thinking about all day. My notion is that treats are earned by sweating, so go sweat!

I know some of you won’t agree with my views as I understand that a lot of people work late at night or don’t get finished until late and will obviously need food. In those cases I would always advise you to please try and take the healthy optionĀ as then at least you’re giving your body the right kind of food rather than loading it up with sugars and fatty foods that will not be digested properly by the time you go to bed.

I hope that this helps clear a few queries up with people, if you’ve any other queries please let me know in a comment below! šŸ™‚

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In times when energy is a necessity..

So, I am heading into possibly the most hectic part of my life for this year and I know that if I don’t maintain Ā some form of a routine when it comes to meals I’ll A) gain weight like there’s no tomorrow and B) I’ll have zero energy to get through all of the work I must endure. So, I thought to myself that I need to make a list and be up to date with the types of foods that will help me through this period and slowly release energy rather than give me one big burst and then leave me deflated and exhausted.

Here’s my list of the foods that I have found(so far) to be really beneficial for those who are going through a bust stage in their lives or just live a hectic lifestyle:

  1. Wholemeal rice and pasta: these are great for energy and also very healthy for you as they have a great source of fibre and release glucose steadily into your bloodstream which gives you a gradual release of energy. The recipes that I made included a brown rice veggie stir-fry with cashew nuts and brown pasta with a mixture of nuts and a little bit of pesto! Both these recipes are really handy meals for those who have long hours and need something to keep them fuller for longer.
  2. BREAKFAST: porridge with mixed berries and honey or wholemeal toast with peanut butter and bananas. For those of you who are up before the sun most mornings it’s very important that you eat a breakfast that will keep you going until mid-day. There is no point in you skipping breakfast or just grabbing an apple on the way out the door because you will not last very long on it. For those of you who like your toast in the morning, wholemeal toast is a great alternative to your white bread as again it is slow energy-releasing, i like to top mine with peanut butter and a banana as it keeps me really full but you can just have butter if you prefer. Porridge is also a great one as it is a low-GI carbohydrate that will keep you going until lunchtime and is great no matter what the topping!
  3. Quinoa: This is a great alternative to pasta or rice as it is acts the same way as wholemeal carbohydrates do.
  4. Sweet Potatoes: EVERYBODY needs to convert to these as they as 100 times better than regular potatoes. They are less starchy, less bloating and taste amazing no matter how you cook them. Once you try making homemade chips with these you will never go back, they are again a slow energy-releasing carbohydrate so give them a go!
  5. Eggs: Now I know I’m a little biased here because I love my eggs in every form(except raw) and would literally eat them everyday if I could! This is possibly the best thing anybody could eat at any point in the day as by eating two eggs you are cutting the amount of calories you eat over the next 36 hours! Ā The combination of protein and fat keeps hunger on the back-burner and the vitamins help you to maintain concentration.

I know there isn’t a lot to choose from here but these are only some of the foods that I found to have helped me over the last couple of weeks and I just wanted to share the tips with you all! šŸ™‚ I hope some of the stuff here has been beneficial for you and let me know if you find anything else that I can try to keep my energy levels up! šŸ™‚

Pilates: A different type of workout with many many benefits.!

I decided to test out a Pilates class last week in order to see if the reviews really did match up to all the benefits I had heard about. To anyone out there that had a similar outlook on Pilates without every going…you’re wrong! I went into this class thinking that it wouldn’t be as tough and as efficient as I had previously heard. I was expecting it to be very relaxing, very tame and to prevent me from waking up the next morning with stiffness, again, I was wrong but in a good way I think. šŸ™‚

The top 10 benefits of Pilates that I now know that actually work are:

  • longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
  • improves postural problems
  • increases core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
  • helps prevent injury
  • enhances functional fitness, ease of movement
  • balances strength & flexibility
  • heightens body awareness
  • no-impact, easy on the joints
  • improves balance, coordination & circulation
  • improves performance in sports (golf, running, triathlon, skiing, skating etc.)

I went to the class 3 times last week, took a rest day and then started back at the gym this morning and the difference in my performance was fantastic. Maybe I was imagining the results, maybe it acted like a placebo, I don’t know, but I do know is that I want to incorporate this into my workout routine. I feel that even if it doesn’t enhance my abilities it will Ā certainly strengthen my core and it will definitely help recovery with injuries, to me those are two very important aspects for anyone to have in their workout.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE TRY IT!

Even it if it’s just once, see what you think of it and develop your own mindset on it, if you don’t agree with my perception that’s fine but test it out first before you tell me that it did absolutely nothing for you. šŸ˜›

Anyone out there who does Pilates long-term please let me know how you find the results of the class, I’d love to know! šŸ™‚

Remember guys: YOU GOT THIS! šŸ˜€

 

We all have a bad…or week.!

I’m not gonna lie when I say this but I took my first FULL day off from any form of college work yesterday in about a month and oh my god it was great to just chill out. By chill out, I mean had copious cups of tea which obviously meant biscuits were had too, then my sister made cookies so naturally we had to test one of them out and then because it was a Sunday we decided as a family that we would get take out for dinner. By the end of the day I was feeling so guilty and so fat that I had nearly convinced myself that I had ”totally gained five pounds in a day from all the food I ate!” (which obviously I had not!).

It wasn’t until this morning at approximately 6:15am when I got up to get my bus and start another busy week in college that I realized that I didn’t care about the amount of food I ate yesterday, I didn’t care about the chocolate or the biscuits or the take away because I enjoyed it and because it was MY day off!! It is next to impossible for any individual to stay perfectly on the wagon of daily exercise and clean eating 24/7 when you live a hectic lifestyle unless it is all you do 24/7! At the moment I am working a 60 hour week between getting through my Postgraduate degree and maintaining a part-time job on a Saturday and you know, trying to see my friends, family and boyfriend in between all of that craziness. I know this is not forever but it is for the next couple of months and we’re gonna get through it and come out swinging the other end! Now, I have to stay I do make a very conscience effort to stay healthy during the week but then because I’m so tired/busy I don’t really splurge on the weekends and now finally I realize it is just as important to take a break from all the busyness in your life and just enjoy some time to yourself or to see the people you want to see or treat yourself and have the food you WANT to have not the food you SHOULD be having.

Us as women need to stop shaming ourselves for slipping off the wagon every now and again because its OK to do so, its normal to do so and its most definitely expected because at the end of the day, we are all human, we all have cravings and sometimes you just gotta give in to them and that’s exactly what I did! So what if you slip up and have a bad day or even a bad week you will come through and get straight back on the straight and narrow the next week and that is what is important here not what you ate the day before or the lack of exercise you did! Body shaming is what haunts us, its what torments us, its what upsets us, so why continue to allow it? It’s YOUR body, YOU are the one who has to live in it and everybody knows Rome was not build in a day so you WILL NOT gain five pounds in a day!

So Ladies (and possibly gentlemen), enjoy your lives, enjoy your food and keep a positive mental attitude because that is what will keep you going! šŸ™‚