Yesterday I completed my first 5km race! With the Home Straight team at Park Run which gave me a great feeling of achievement afterwards! But that’s not what I’m going to talk about today. I just wanted to start off with a brag (I’ve never done a race before! My time was 32 mins whoooooo). Anyway, I’ve been feeling really frustrated recently. For a few months I have been on a health kick.. and have been using myFitnessPal to log everything I eat and to log my workouts (great app!!!).
I’ve been working out and keeping to a calorie controlled diet. And I thought I was doing well.. but my body hasn’t seemed to change much. So frustrated I took it to the fitness trainer/nutritionist at my running group with a “WHHHHHYYYY what IS IT I’m doing wrong!!! ARGHHH….”.
Having kept a food diary for a while this stood us in good stead for getting to the root of the problem. And ripping through my printout he tore my food diary apart..”YOU NEED MORE PROTEIN! MORE PROTEIN. Get rid of that!” (there go the Special K bars…) “oh god you don’t want any of that crap. Rubbish rubbish rubbish” He attacked my food diary with a red pen. I looked at it starting to feel a little embarrassed “But… I really thought those were healthy..” I exclaimed in woe “Ok yeah no you’re right about the crisps there.. I was having a bad day… “…
“You’re obviously disciplined” he retaliated “Problemo is.. that you are sticking to a calorie controlled diet and aren’t getting the food/nutrition you need in other areas… you must treat your body as if it is a machine”.
Righto. Right. Ok. I looked at his squiggly marks on the page. I felt frustrated. But how do we know? How how do we know what we can trust/eat/not eat. Looking at my food diary it seemed that I have in many of the areas of my eating regime succumbed to advertising. My biggest problem lying with when I’m on the run. Which has led to bad choices. Such as.. “oops how much cash do I have on me… ” *reaches for some special K bar or something similar*.
So I was in Whole Foods the other day. A store I love – it just exudes a picture of perfect health. But still – I know I am still most probably succumbing to it’s branding!? It’s expensive branding. So I’d just been for a run and I’d forgotten my usual boiled eggs and picked up one of those Bounce Balls on my way home. Costing me £1.69.
These balls… without a doubt… taste good. Really good. But if I had one of those everyday for a week as a healthy snack that would cost me approximately £12. And to be honest how do I know… HOW DO I KNOW? If it’s actually doing my body any good?
I don’t though do I. And to be honest… I don’t know who to trust anymore. So..I thought…. oh screw this! I’ll make my own ‘healthy’ flapjack bars for the week. At least I know what’s in them..and it’ll be cheaper.
TESCOS: 1KG oats 75p, Honey 30p, Whole Nut Peanut Butter £1.29, Dark Chocolate 30p Light Soya Chocolate Milk £1.29 Omega Nuts Bag £1.99 TOTAL: £5.92
Now I reckon those ingredients will be enough for healthy snacks for the month. Bringing my healthy snackage total of £1.48 per wk..a saving of £10.52 if I was going to eat a flapjack a day that is.
- 150g oats
- 3 heaped tablespoons of natural, crunchy peanut butter (150g)
- 150ml light chocolate soya milk
- Omega nuts (flaxseeds, linseed etc)
- Roast the oats for about 3 mins at 180°C to makes them a little crispy.
- Chop the chocolate into little bits to make chocolate chips.
- Whack it all into a pan and stir…
- Spread the mixture on to a very lightly greased tin tray.
- Drizzle the honey on the top to add flavour!
- Freeze it for 10mins.
- Place into a pre-heated oven (180) for 6mins
- It should be a golden brown colour. Slice and place in fridge to cool..
- Enjoy! Yaaaayyyy!!!!
If you want to make this healthier – you could probably leave out the chocolatey bits.. and maybe the honey. Oh wow – I just tried some – delish.
Weekly tip: BE more organised… practice diligence, invest in a cake tin…I also recommend Green Tea Chai. I’ve been trying to drink Green Tea for it’s health benefits – but I just.. don’t like it. It doesn’t call me to the cupboard. Green Tea Chai however…now that’s the good stuff…