I don’t particularly like using the term ‘rules’ when it comes to food, but I do have a few ‘guidelines’ that I like to follow:
- A little bit of what you fancy does you good: if you want some chocolate or a takeout, GO FOR IT! Treats themselves will not make you fat or unhealthy, in fact quite the opposite is true. Depriving yourself of the things you love is only going to make you miserable and more likely to fall off the wagon in epic style. Instead, allow yourself the things you like, but be strict with yourself on portion control and be honest about how much you actually ate. Was it really five squares of chocolate or was it actually half a bar?
- If you don’t like something, that’s OK: where’s the fun in forcing yourself to consume a particular food that you really hate, just because ‘it’s good for you?’ Instead, why not swap that food for something else? I’m not a huge fan of Brussels sprouts, but I do love broccoli so I rarely eat sprouts but I regularly eat broccoli. It’s perfectly fine to change recipes around a bit so that the final product is something you enjoy and will feel satisfied after eating
- Food doesn’t have to look like it was prepared by a professional to taste amazing: if everyone could cook like a professional, then restaurants simply wouldn’t exist. Never be disheartened just because your dish doesn’t look like the picture attached to the recipe, professionals get paid to make food look good as well as taste good. Everyone has to start somewhere, and as long as you’re having fun preparing your food and eating it, nothing else matters.
- Cook in bulk and freeze leftovers in ready-to-eat portions: by doing this you can achieve two things 1) you’ll save money on your energy bills by not having the oven and cooker on as much, and 2) when you’ve had a long day and don’t have the energy to cook, you don’t have to resort to shop bought ready meals. Instead you can just defrost and reheat something from your freezer! *Always ensure that food is defrosted correctly and thoroughly reheated as you don’t want to make yourself ill.