I always get asked questions at social occasions about how I manage to stay ‘skinny’ when I eat so much… This is usually when I’m on my third plate at the buffet or I’ve just munched a bag of crisps and a bar of chocolate. However, what many people fail to realise is that they’re seeing me on a cheat day or even just an off day where I’m not counting calories or tracking what I’m eating. The reality is I eat healthy, balanced meals – particularly at dinner time!
So what is a typical week of evening meals for me? It looks a little something like this;
Monday: Lightly Dusted Fish (usually Haddock or Cod) with Seasoned Sweet Potato Wedges
Tuesday: Wholemeal Pasta in a Tomato and Herb Sauce with Venison Meatballs
Wednesday: Smoked Haddock with Baby Potatoes and Broccoli
Thursday: Seasoned Chicken with Rice and Brocolli
Friday: Naked Burgers with Salad and Seasoned Sweet Potato Wedges
Saturday: Grilled Seabass with Pak Choi and Cashew Nuts
Sunday: Chicken Stirfry with Medium Egg Noodles
Some weeks are plainer and more repetitive than others dependant on what we’re doing and what I’m focusing on. As you can see above there’s always a good balance of protein, carbs and fats on my plate.
I’m off to Barcelona in less than a week and have been quite strict with my diet in the weeks leading up to this. However, there have also been some treats;
Last Sunday we went to North Berwick Harbour to try out a local pop-up, The Lobster Shack… And it did not disappoint. If you ever find yourself on the Scottish coast, you have to give it a go – and don’t skip the chips!
Then on Thursday we went to a wine tasting in Edinburgh. We ended up in Pickles, a gorgeous, cosy little wine bar in the city, testing our new found knowledge. What goes perfectly with a bottle of red wine? A cheese and meat platter – which I couldn’t even manage to get a picture of before we began tucking in!
As I was then feeling a bit worse for wear on the Friday, I decided to bake after work. Peanut Butter Slice… Mmm!
Basically, what I really wanted to get across in this post was that yes, I’m strict with my diet and exercise 80-90% of the time, but I also allow myself to live and enjoy the things I want to have sometimes! I haven’t gained a single pound despite eating what’s pictured above. It’s all about sustainability and after maintaining this lifestyle for around 2 years now I’ve found what works for me. It’s not been 2 years of plain sailing but I’m happy, healthy and I’ve never given up!