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What No One Tells You About... Trying to be Healthy

For the past few months I've been trying to take care of my health more. My housemate Giulia studies nutrition, so it's partly her good habits rubbing off on me, partly a desire to clear up my skin, and partly because I'm genuinely more interested in the ingredients in my food and how they're all going to affect me. But, as with all things in life, there are things people never tell you. Such as...

Trek Protein Flapjacks
I received a mixed case of Protein Flapjacks, but they came in a Banana Bread box. This is to save on packaging, and I think it's a great idea!

1. Your energy levels will increase... Okay, so I have heard this one before, but I thought it was just an irritating myth. However, once I started cutting down on the amount of processed food I was eating, I found I felt more awake, and my concentration levels were better too. It still takes me forever to get out of bed in the morning  I am not human before breakfast  but once I'm up I find I can face the day with a little more energy than before.

2. ... but so will your food shopping bill. This was mainly because I started eating things like salmon. Meat and fish are effing expensive! 

3. You'll crave junk food less...
I didn't believe this at first, but it does actually happen. You know me, I love my food, but the junk just seems less appetizing when you're reaping all the benefits of a healthier diet. There are exceptions, though: whenever the odd hormonal craving strikes, and at the end of a night out when a big, greasy cheeseburger suddenly seems like the BEST IDEA EVER.

4. ... but sometimes only your favourite comfort food will do. Case in point: there was one evening, not long ago, when I scooped up my mac 'n' cheese with Chilli Heatwave Doritos and it was heaven. Even Gwyneth Paltrow includes several recipes for mac 'n' cheese in her recipe book, and I think that it's actually much healthier to have a bit of what you want and then move on. So many diets place strict limits on the types of food you can eat but, let's face it, it's not realistic (or particularly enjoyable) to live your entire life following them to the letter. Eating everything in moderation seems to me to be far more achievable in the long run.

5. Healthy snacks can be hard to find. So I was delighted when I got the chance to try these Trek Protein Flapjacks* from Natural Balance Foods. I got the mixed case, which contains Original Oat, Oat and Raisin, Cocoa, Cocoa Coconut, Morning Berry, and Banana Bread, so I've been able to pick and choose whatever I fancy. They come packaged in a re-used box, which is a really good idea (it really annoys me when products have excess packaging, anyone else?) The texture of the flapjacks is interesting: chewy like you'd expect, but they also contain something called protein crunchies, which (not surprisingly) add a little bit of crunch. All of the flapjacks are full of flavour, but my personal favourite is Cocoa Coconut, which has a thin layer of chocolate on the top and coconut pieces underneath. I like to take a snack with me when I'm out and about, since food is the best thing to keep my blood sugar levels up  I've been known to faint if it gets too low  and these are great for just chucking in my bag. They leave me satisfied until my next meal, and are also gluten and wheat free (some of them are also free from dairy). 

6. You'll start drinking a tonne of water, and feel really pleased with yourself... and you'll need to go to the toilet about a million times a day. TMI? Sorry. But it's all gotta go somewhere. The glamour!

Have you ever gone on a health kick before? What's your favourite healthy snack? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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