I don’t do resolutions – they don’t work, as most of us know. However, I am slightly superstitious and I do believe that how you spend the beginning of your year is how it will end as well. Hence I don’t drink at all on New Year’s Eve and go for a walk in a forest 1st of January. If anything kicks off a new year to a good start, it’s a walk in a forest by a lake! I have started my years like this since 2012 and life’s been rather good. Maybe I have good reason to be superstitious..?
Since 2016 I have also been on diet for the first week or two (or six like back in 2016..) of the year. I don’t eat anything that’s not included in the diet and I even weigh every bite I have. It sounds brutal but it’s worth it! Portions are big and they consist of the right amount of everything. I eat carbs, I eat dairy, I even eat gluten. I’m not excluding anything but the favourites: chocolates, crisps and such. And it is surprisingly easy to live without them espesially after the overload of everything during Christmas!
This year I’m doing a 12-day diet: from 1st to 12th of January, so I have one weekend without any sweets. 13th I will see how my body reacts to “bad” foods; usually the resemblance to a massive hungover is surprisingly strong.
So what do I eat? Here’s my food diary of 24 hours:
Breakfast. Oat porridge with berries, cottage cheese with sweet tasting custard (sounds disgusting, I know, but is delicious). Many people mix the cottage cheese with the porridge to make one big portion but I prefer to have them separate. Notice the local morning paper: I like my slow mornings and as my temporary contract just ended I now have time to read the morning paper in peace with an extra cup of coffee! Loving it so far.
Lunch. Salad with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, red onion, feta cheese, turkey/protein of your choice, 3 egg whites, 1 egg with yolk and sunflowerseeds.
How to boil The Perfect Egg?
Put eggs in the pot with cold water covering them fully. Bring to a boil, turn off stove but let the pot with eggs stay for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, pour the hot water and fill the pot with cold water. After a few minutes the eggs are done! The cold water should make the eggs easy to peel. This is my foolproof way to boil eggs!
Snack. For a snack I eat quark. In many countries you don’t have this or it costs a fortune but Finns have gone insane over it. It is full of protein with no carbs or fats. It’s a dairy product so it goes perfectly with berries!
Dinner. Dinner is the biggest meal of the day and the only one with some bread. This particular bread I’ve made myself! Dinner consist of: protein of your choice, potato/pasta/rice, veggies and some sauce/gravy to make the dish taste good and to tie everything together. If for some reason one would feel hungry after this, a sidesalad can always be added. This dish is thai red curry with chicken, potato, onions, carrots and zucchini. Coriander to garnish it and lots of cayenne peppers in the sauce. Yam!
So far in 6 days I have lost 1 kg of Christmas weight – the easy weight to lose. Nonetheless, I’m happy with it.
If you don’t want to follow an exact plan or simply don’t have one, what are the main things to remember?
- Make sure to eat every 3-4 hours: your blood sugar doesn’t drop too low so you don’t feel the worst cravings and want to kill yourself thinking of chocolate
- Add protein in some form to every meal
- Only eat sweets during 1 day a week! My day is Saturday
- Leave out alcohol or try to consume as rarely and little as possible
- Remember exercise! Walks are enough – if you walk 20-30 mins per day it does wonders to your metabolism
- WATER. Cannot stress this enough. I drink minimum 2 litres / day. Decide an amount between 1-4 litres and stick to it!
I’m not a nutrionist. These may not work for everyone but they work for me and have worked for years. I have gotten strict programmes from my trainer of two years, and these are the basic guidelines I’m sharing with you. I feel amazing when on diet because I am not starving myself – therefore I can stay on diet for a long time! I have done 1,5 years of intensive diet (1 day off every week to maintain sanity) and still I don’t feel like I’m done with it. This meal plan works for me!
The one thing I’ve never tried is detox. And I’m so fascinated! In a few weeks I will go on a 7-day detox with my friend. YAIKS! I follow a Finnish fitness/lifestyle blogger (Eevi Teittinen) and based on her detox, I will plan some recipes and meal plans. I will share them with you too!
Oh! And let’s not forget my evening snack! Not really a snack though: a protein drink! Enjoyed right before bed, good night!