The world of healthy eating, dieting and making big lifestyle changes in general can be considerably tricky. Every one has something to sell, some magic pill to make all your body woes (internal and external,) disappear, but wait, pay us £££££ for it to happen.
Er, no thanks.
I'm actually at a point where I am eating really well. I'm keeping a food diary (kind of necessary for health reasons though, not because I want to look back fondly in a weeks time and think ahh, what a nice smoothie that was on Thursday...) and seeing if anything flares up the PCS. There are some things I still want to cut out; coffee, namely. Carbonated drinks (I know, I know, so so bad for you,) but I'm also starting to add more. Super foods like cacao, spirulina, chia seeds, flaxseeds. All the goodness.
I know you're not an idiot. No one is an idiot when it comes to food. We all know veggies and fruits = good, heavily processed foods and foods heavy in saturated fats = bad. If you are struggling to find a good starting point to make dietary changes (er, check with your doctor of course. Don't just listen to some girl prattling away on the internet,) here are a few amazing places to start.
1. My Fitness Pal app + website. I use this app/site for logging what I've eaten, what exercise I've done and noting anything worth noting. Handy for if your goal is weight loss, a lifestyle change or just keeping a food diary. They also have a blog on app and on the site with recipe recommendations, which are pretty great too.*
2. Deliciously Ella. Pretty much my go to for everything. Her recipe book has really great information about the ingredients used in her recipes, covers the basics of nut butters/milks and even equipment she uses (and recommends,) too. My favourite recipes? Ultimate Energy Bites, Red Kidney Bean + Black Bean Chilli (in book,) The Best Lunch Bowl. Her blog is a constant read too, there's definitely something for everyone.
3. BBC Good Food. A bit over looked, I think. I've done a small post on their Tomato Soup recipe here, but I've tried loads of recipes from this site and they are always top notch. The comments section is invaluable too, as you pick up hints and tips from others that have tried the recipe and added alterations. They also list all of the nutritional values so you'll know what you're eating in that way and can obviously make adjustments. My favourite recipes? Tomato Soup, Blueberry + Coconut frozen 'Cheesecake.'
4. Nouvelle Daily. Er, first up how much of a babe is Kate who runs Nouvelle (and of course Gh0stparties!) Seriously though, her interior posts make me swoon. But, Nouvelle do some really awesome recipes on their site - the majority being seriously good for you and they even do some pretty rockin' cocktails too. Best of? Super Green Juice,
5. Pinterest. How could I not mention Pinterest? There are countless recipes available at your disposal, some on blogs, websites or just on Pinterest itself. Along with food of course, you can also look up exercises and other ways to improve your general health. Here's my food board (complete with NSFW food too, because I'm only human,) where I'm always pinning like crazy.
What are your favourite sources for healthy foods?
*I want to add as an afterthought, I don't believe in 'calorie counting' per se; which is what the app uses to measure your intake throughout the day, but I do know it works for most people with weight loss goals. I use this app strictly to monitor what food sets off what I have (still not sure, until an ultrasound...) so I know to leave it out of my diet for the time being and concentrate on adding other good, wholesome food that works for me.