Maybe you are already looking forward to Christmas. A week off with family and friends to kick back and indulge a little. There’s no problem with this, but do you want your hard gotten gains to fall away and to be struggling at the start of January?
Here are some ideas to use over the Christmas period to try and mitigate this.
I started writing at Christmas as a response to the seasonal overindulgence, but it can refer to any time of the year.
When I started this blog I mentioned that I had lost 12kg and got myself into fairly decent shape. It took a fair bit of effort, hard work and sacrifice to do this. When you drop weight or get in shape, you tell yourself that you’re going to maintain it and not let it slide.
I recently shared my blog with my brother and he set me the challenge of how I can to help him with simple fitness and eating habits with the aim of losing one stone. In this post, I am going to talk about improving your diet.
If you have missed the previous two posts of The Andy Files you can find them here and here.
You will need to change/estimate the quantities depending on how many you are serving. Just add an extra carrot or a bit more cabbage.
Grate the carrots into a bowl
Grate/thinly slice the red cabbage (fancy peelers and shredders are useful for this but a cheese grater is fine) as required into the same bowl.
Very thinly slice the leek. Add to the carrots and cabbage.
Add one tablespoon of mayonnaise to the carrots, cabbage and leeks and stir in. (You will need no more than this. At times a tablespoon may be too much. Add a little at the start, you can always add more). This may take a couple of minutes. Keep stirring until all the vegetables are lightly and evenly coated.
Add a squeeze of lemon juice. Stir.
Season with a little salt and black pepper. Stir.
That is it!
It goes with pretty much anything. I tend to have it with fish and potatoes.
Give it a try. It is a great way to eat raw vegetables so that none of the nutrients are lost.
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
For a long time I did not eat breakfast. I was very much “a cup of tea is all I need in the morning” type person. You will have heard the phrase “Breakfast is the most important meat of the day”. For some people it may be and there will be others that do not like to eat in the morning. I think it is up to you and it should be based on how you feel or what is best for you. A simple guide is – eat if you are hungry and don’t if you are not.
What I have found since I starting eating breakfast regularly is that I have more energy, my concentration improves, my mood improves and I tend not to snack on things I shouldn’t. If I cycle to work, I am pretty hungry when I arrive and there is no chance I will make it through to lunch without breakfast.
My breakfast “revolution” started in 2014 when I went to Yorkshire for the start of the Tour de France. I stayed with my step grandparents (Brian and Sheila) and breakfast was porridge oats with fresh berries on top. I tend to be an egg on toast man especially at the weekend, but I was a guest and reluctantly tucked in to my oats and fruit. I was happily surprised how much I enjoyed it and it set me up nicely for some hollering and cheering on the streets of rural Yorkshire as 150 pro cyclists flew by. Continue reading “Breakfast – Oats, Nuts/Seeds Mix, Fruit”