Working out at the Train Online Studio with Declan didn't work for very long... he decided he didn't want to nap while mommy trained anymore, instead he mostly wanted to fuss (which didn't leave much time for actually training). Being able to run with him has been great so far, as he's a happy little guy when he's in the stroller!
I'm the type of person that eats better when I'm training as I dont want to ruin any of my progress... this doesn't usually create an issue for me as I usually train year round. However, when I wasn't able to workout I found that I ended up having a few more cheats, which wasn't good! I'm pretty good with my food, and I drink a ton of water - no pop, juice etc. what I tend to cheat with is candy... so I've decided to cut out the sugar and limit myself to one cheat a week :)
So, if you're wanting to drop a dress size or two, or look a little leaner in your bikini this summer, here are a few things you can do to clean up your diet!
1. Cut out the sugar
- Sugar is the root of all evil. It will be difficult to ween yourself off but once you do, you'll feel so much better. Stay away from candies and soda pop and watch out for sugar hidden in healthy foods like flavoured yogurt.
2. Avoid processed foods
- Most processed foods are full of soduim, sugar and fat. Have a look at the label and if you can't pronounce the ingredients, don't buy it. Make healthier home-made versions of your favourite foods instead.
3. Ditch the refined grains
- Get away from the refined grains and white flour and choose more nutrient dense whole grains (including the bran and germ) such as brown rice, oats and quinoa.
4. Eat lots of fruits & veggies
- Vegetables are stacked full of vitamins, low in calories and super high in fiber. And fruit is Mother Nature's candy so if you have a sweet tooth like me, it's the perfect treat.
5. Eat less saturated fats
- Saturated fats raise bad cholesterol levels and increase your risk for heart disease. Try to avoid super fatty meats like bacon or sauage, limit your cheese consumption and try using avocado instead of mayonnaise.
6. Limit your sodium intake
- Eating too much salt can greatly increase your blood pressure. You can reduce sodium intake by avoiding processed foods. Try using herbs and spices for seasoning instead.
7. Reduce alcohol consumption
- Drinking too much alcohol can dehydrate you and will add a surprising number of calories to your diet. Limit yourself to 1-2 drinks per day and try your best to avoid those mixed drinks with lots of added sugar.
8. Drink more water
- Your body is composed of about 60% water so you need to drink plenty of it. Water helps with digestion, keeps your kidneys running properly and helps maintain normal bowel function. It's also good for your skin and helps to energize your muscles.