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Does anyone have any diet advise tips or tricks what are the best thingsi can do to get healthy any ideas


Posted by happymum2018, 24th October 2017


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  • One that works!
    We are all so very different and unique, which is what makes us so interesting I think. This is what I have adopted over the years, that works for me and trust me, I disdain diets. Always referred to them as
    “DIE with a T on the end”. I didn’t count calories and I only weighed myself about every 3 months.
    Firstly – work out why you want to lose weight – if your “Why” is wishy whashy then so will your effort and results be. You have to really want it for YOU.
    – Be kind on yourself:
    I gave myself 2 years to lose 20 kgs. 10 kgs a year, less than one a month or a quarter of a kilo per week. I figured that was achievable and I was even happy if I plateaued for a month because at least I wasn’t putting on that teeny tiny not even a kilo. Winner Winner!
    – I bought smaller dinner plates: My family used to use the huge, fancy, white restaurant style plates and they would get loaded up – and so did the weight. I put my foot down and declared that I love them all and I can’t just sit back and watch everyone get bigger. I got everyone on board with practicing some restraint when it came to portion sizes. That support was really helpful.
    – I stopped eating when I felt full, not when my plate was empty. This can be easy to adapt to or a struggle, depending on your upbringing.
    – I waited for 20 minutes and drank a glass of water, before even contemplating a second helping or desert. 20 minutes is how long it takes for us to truly know how full we are. A glass of water on top of your dinner will take care of whatever room you may have had and it’s calorie free!
    – Avoid deep fried food – it’s fattening AND addictive. It will take a few weeks to go through your withdrawals and curb the cravings but it’s worth it. Once you do get past that stage, be strong and stay there. There are many more healthier cooking choices now like air frying etc. Find the :”less oil” hacks that work for you and use them. I still love hot chips and a yummy schnitzel but I rate them as a BIG treat and limit them to once or twice a month only.
    – Eat your high calorie treat by 10am. If you love double choc fudge brownies (for example) and just can’t live without them, eat them before 10am. This way you will have more hours in the day to burn off all those extra calories and sugar energy you have just loaded up on. Certainly try and avoid eating deserts and sweet treats after your evening meal. You are more than likely going to bed not too long after eating and then you get to lay still (ish) and rest whilst your blood is still going crazy on sugar (we convert sugar to fat when we store it instead of burning it off) and madly racing around your body adding a little extra layer of fat on whilst we sleep! If you can’t live without your sweet treats, eat them before 10am.
    – Use coloured or patterned crockery. Apparently our brains struggle to detect how much food we have eaten with white plates and bowls. You can test this easily yourself. Put some crisps into a desert size white bowl and eat them as you normally would ie: watching TV etc. This is technically enough for a snack serving for one person. When the bowl is empty, check in with what you are thinking and feeling. Most likely you will be thinking about getting some more. You may even be heading to the kitchen before you think about it. You may just convince yourself that you’ll have “just a few” more because you’re sure the first bowl can’t have been a full serve. Now the next time you have this snack (on another day), use a coloured bowl and observe your response. You may not even get through the whole bowl, deciding that you have eaten enough already and you’re happy to stop.
    – Do 10 sit ups every morning. increase this to 20 when you can. I don’t care if they’re sit ups or leg curls or ab crunches, whatever works for you. Try and aim for a minimum of 5 mornings a week. As your fitness increases, slow down the pace to intensify the workout without increasing the reps. If you can take 5 seconds just to “sit up” and then another 5 seconds to lower yourself back down again – that is a serious core workout you are getting!
    – Try and eat your main meal in the middle of the day and have a smaller, lighter evening meal (before bed)

    Of everything else you have heard that makes sense to you – do it!
    Drink more water – Get regular exercise – Eat more fresh foods – Eat correct portion sizes – Eat less processed foods – Eat less sugar and fat – Eat 5 small meals a day – Don’t eat after 6pm – Drink a glass of water before you eat – Drink lemon water/vinegar water/tumeric/golden milk/don’t drink milk……
    The list of advice and tips are endless and this can be overwhelming so we end up doing what we’ve always done.
    Do what works for you. If you want to – you will. Most important of all – love who you are xx


  • small changes over time, the best diet is the one you can stick to and make a life style change.
    drink more water, eat more veggies, move more. Make little changes over time and stick to them.


  • Just eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly.


  • Any diet is successful if you stick to it. The easier it us to stick to, the longer you will stick with it. Don’t deny yourself anything, adjust your portion sizes and include lots of fresh, home made foods cutting out as much processed crap as possible. And what goes in mysterious come out, so make sure you do daily exercise too


  • I was told something interesting … Ask yourself before starting any ‘diet’
    Is it easy to do?
    Is it sustainable?
    Am i cutting out any food groups?
    A diet must be easy to fit into your life style, It must be able to be maintained for a long period and no one food groups must be omitted,.
    I think the best advice is to change your lifestyle and make healthy choices… everything in moderation.
    Try where possible to eat fresh … eat more home prepared food instead of processed, mass produced food and read labels to compare salt/sugar/fat contents


  • I’ve recently cut out a heap of processed foods. I make my own sauces, bread etc and drink HEAPS of water.
    I snack on fresh fruit and veggies. And only drink water and 1 cup of coffee a day.
    I use to have a problem with eating way too much in one sitting now I eat smaller portions more regularly. And its made a huge difference. I’m no longer bloated all the time and have so much more energy


  • For me, the best ‘diet’ is the one that isn’t about making modifications to your appearance or weight but rather ones that are about ‘diet’ as a part of your way of life. To be part of your way of life, it needs to be sustainable in respect to being able to maintain that type/balance of food intake, to be able to be maintained in terms of preparation and definitely in respect to financial costs (yes, people have gone broke because of fad solutions). So, anything that leaves you still feeling hungry, takes more time that you can spare or is hurting your hip pocket should not really be on your list of options.

    In my home, we keep things simple. We are just a ‘whole foods’ house. The most heavily processed food in our pantry is nut bars for the kids between school and sports commitments, after that is their cereal – weetbix, corn flakes and rice bubbles. Most everything else is fresh and raw, made at home. That alone makes a very big difference. It means our diet is high in fruits, vegetables, legumes and meat. With my very full spice drawer bringing it all together.


  • I do drink a lot of water and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.


  • I do not do diets – never have and never will. Just get a balance of foods and also look at portion size.


  • Any diet won’t last what’s best is to cut out or reduce sugars, fats, carbs and portion sizes. Increase exercise to at least 20 mins per day and drink plenty of water. I was told apple cider vinegar (mother) was great for detoxing the body and loosing weight so I have started having the tablets. (I can’t stand drinking it).


  • Don’t go on a diet. Cut out sugars and bad fats. Increase fresh foods, make your own meals, increase good fats. And a good nights sleep is supposed to help


  • I’m not a big fan of diets, in particular if they restrict you too much. But I love Patrick Holford’s approach to food, that is eating a low-GL diet. If you are interested you can read more about this here: https://www.patrickholford.com/topic/low-gl


  • Just normal healthy eating. Ditch the sugar, processed foods and the refined carbs, eat unlimited veggies and drink plenty of water.


  • Some diets can do more harm than good so it is best just to be strict with your intake of fats and sugars, maintain regular small meals with no snacking in between. A large glass of water shortly before your meal will help to suppress your appetite and daily exercise is a must.


  • We purchased a kitchen scale to start healthy portion sizing. We eat lots of greens like broccoli/spinach and add some chicken and egg for protein. Try and eat only during the day and not so late at night. Diet is only a small amount, drinking lots of water and exercising is important to keep it healthy. Not all diets are good for you, so you’re best to stick to the cut out junk and sugar intake, exercising and watching how much you are eating.


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