I’ve been trying to take care of my health more for the past few months. My housemate Giulia studies nutrition, so it’s partly her good habits rubbing off on me. My desire to clear up my skin and find out more about the ingredients in my food also has something to do with it.
But, as with all things in life, there are things people never tell you. Such as…
|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 the amount of processed food I was eating, I found I felt more awake and my concentration levels are 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 is mainly because I’ve started eating things like salmon. Fish is effing expensive!
3. You’ll crave junk food less…
You know me, I love my food, but junk seems less appetizing when you’re reaping all the benefits of a healthier diet. There are expectations, of course — whenever the odd hormonal craving strikes and I really want a pizza, or 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: one evening, not so long ago, 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 book.
I think it’s 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 enjoyable) to live your entire life following them to the letter. Eating in moderation seems to be 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 arrived in a re-used box, which is a really good idea and cuts down on excess packaging. The texture of the flapjacks is interesting: chewy, like you’d expect, but they also contain something called protein crunchies, which (unsurprisingly) add a little bit of crunch. All of the flapjacks are full of flavour. My personal favourite is Cocoa Coconut, which has a thin layer of chocolate on 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 pressure up — I faint if it gets too low — and the flapjacks are ideal for just chucking in your bag and eating on the go. They leave me satisfied until my next meal, and they’re suitable for anyone who’s intolerant to gluten and/or wheat. 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, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.