The last few weeks my healthy eating plan has really been put to the test. My birthday came along and suddenly my eating went to pot, we even found ourselves having a slap up meal with all the trimmings at a local pub! I know it is one of those things, and in reality it really isn't the end of the world, but for me I really notice a difference when I don't eat the way that I usually do.
It's funny how when you start to eat a certain way, when you slowly but surely adapt your lifestyle to pave the way in achieving your goals, how your mind set changes and although I do still enjoy the foods that I used to eat everyday, I know that in the grand scheme of things they don't really have anything to offer me or my body.
As soon as my food choices turn to mud, my tummy bloats, I feel lethargic and I notice an increase in spots. Spots have been a big thing for me throughout this entire process. When I first cut all of the rubbish out of my diet, I broke out in spots. I was told that this was my bodies way of detoxing and getting rid of all the toxins that were within my body, and it makes perfect sense. Now if I so much as dare enjoy a bottle of Coca Cola...I break out in spots! Our bodies are always telling us things even if we aren't really paying attention...
For me it is a real rarity where I will actually allow myself to indulge in fizzy drinks these days (I still have cans of Coke in the fridge from last Christmas!) but every now and again I let myself kick back and un-wind with one. Over my Birthday weekend I did just that, and of course following a week or two with everything that I wouldn't usually touch with a barge pole, I seemingly found myself with a spot or two to show for it. This prompted a wide scale search for remedies and ways to prevent them, when really I knew the underlying issue was actually me shocking my body with a number of food items that it wasn't used to.
I am still sporting a bloated tummy much to my horror, and my abs have gone into hibernation. I have however really kicked up the clean eating and been a regular back in the gym this week. It might take a few weeks to completely feel myself again... But I know that it all comes down to what I am eating and I will be back on track again very soon.