Do you have a sweet tooth?
I know, who doesn’t you just have to love cake, chocolate? yes please, full bar.
Now I don’t eat like this all the time, mostly we ate really well it was just on weekends we would go out for a walk often to a National Trust place, anyone who has been to a National Trust will know they pretty much always have a café which sells cakes.
Cakes and chocolate with coffee on a weekend, with a nice brisk walk, nothing wrong with that. But it all came to a head one Saturday when we bought five cakes between the two of us. That same weekend I also looked back at our winter holiday we had had only a few short months before cake gate. A great trip to New Zealand, amazing views it was beautiful.
We spent Christmas and New Year in New Zealand and on New Years Day carrying Benjamin we climbed the hill to Queenstown's skyline Gondola. It was one of those walks where you think you are near the top but guess what you are not. There was a picture of me and Benjamin on my back when we reached the top, I looked shattered, bloated and my stomach was hanging over my shorts.
Even though we ate what we thought was healthy food it was only when I took a hard look at myself I realised I needed to do more. With small children I decided I'd best get my act together. I needed energy to run around after them, I'd already been lucky to be still standing after a serious illness. It all started with wanting more time to exercise.
Exercise I thought would be the answer, I used to pump iron lots when I was younger, I just needed time to train and I would be okay. So my quest for more time began, if I could just squeeze more in, having a full day this meant either staying up late or getting up early. So less sleep it was to be, I'll get up even earlier and train.
When you have less sleep you need more energy to keep you going. So how do you get more? I'll need it. My research went down a slightly different path as it would be madness to flog myself in the gym if I was only to fall asleep in my tea, especially since I have done that before.
The internet is so full of information, too much! I would say you could spend the rest of your time trying to find something. But I slowly started to piece things together and experiment. Luckily my partner was busy researching her book; Rocket Fuel For Busy Mums, 9 natural ways to boost your energy. A stroke of luck.
What you eat being one of the ways to get more energy was a great place to start. When I trained previously I would weigh everything out to make sure my calories, carbs and protein were all right.
But weighing all my food out and counting was so time consuming, time I just did not have, there must be an easier way.
There was, without realising it I struck on something, switching my diet on its head, you see not all food is the same. A calorie of sugar is totally different to a calorie of protein like from fish and a gram of bread is totally different than a gram of cauliflower.
And to add even more, the time you eat your food can also have an effect on your body.
The effects can be:
Weight gain- mainly fat
Inflammation, like bloating
Zapping your energy