5 Top Tips on How To Pick & Stick to The Diet

5 Top Tips on How to Pick and Stick to the Dietwhat is dietWe all have diets, for better or worse but we do all have them.

The type of diet I want to talk about is the diet designed to lose weight, get fit and healthy; the type of diet most of us have thought about, talked about or event attempted to implement at some point; the type of diet which gives us headaches and sleepless nights as we aren’t able to follow through and keep to its requirements…

During the last 10 years I have put a lot of weight on which I struggle to shake off. I have to admit, I have thought about different diets, and yes I event attempted some but with no great success until now… so what changed? Well, I think I realised a few very important things and I would love to share my discovery with you in form of my Top Five Tips on how to pick and keep a diet.

Be Ready!

This is the key. You have to be ready. You have to decide that enough is enough and you have to desire the change.

So many of us start our diet for the wrong reasons and thus we simply can’t follow through with them. You have to be ready!

Unfortunately I don’t have a recipe as to how one becomes ready for a change. For me it happened in late spring after I received a set of pictures from the shoot we had done for one of the newspapers. It really hit me, “OMFG am I really so fat!.”

Until that moment I knew I am “bigger” but seeing myself in the mirror each day didn’t bother me so much… until I saw myself through someone else eyes… I didn’t like that view.

I was ready!

Visual your goals and know your weak points

Knowing what you want to achieve is extremely important. You have to have a clear vision as to what you want and why you want it, as well as an understanding of what is standing in the way to your goal. You need to face the fact and analyse your life and get to the bottom of your problem – are you an emotional eater, are you just overeating or are you simply having an unhealthy or unbalanced diet? Knowing where the problem lies is necessary, otherwise you can’t target it, which means you can’t fix it.

It’s harder than it seems to actually admit to our weak spots. For me it is cake. I love baking and I especially love eating cake but having half a loaf tin cake in an evening whilst watching TV isn’t really the best idea is it?

Pick what’s right for you and ask for help

Don’t follow after the masses. The fact that celebrity A is using diet B really doesn’t mean it will be good for you. Once you know where your problem lies and what are your weak points, you will be much more able to pick the diet which strikes at the heart of it.

There is no shame in asking for help. Even if you are super strong willed, you can’t do it by yourself. Talk to people, join or start a Facebook group, read about and learn how others have tackled any given problem.

Currently I am having double support; I am using:

  • XLS-Medical Max Strength which is a fat binder. Additionally a weekly consultation with a dietician to chat about my progress
  • SlimPot from Thinking Slimmer, which is designed to help deal with my sugar intake with the support of a Facebook group.

I have to admit at first it wasn’t easy to talk and write about my problems and concerns but it gets easier and it helps to know that you are not alone in your struggles.

Be kind to yourself and learn to trade

Setting rules and following them to the letter isn’t easy. I know it, you know it, we all know it. I hate rules and as long as I know that I can’t have something then inevitably it ends up that all I can think about is exactly that something and so I want it more than ever now… Well depending what type of diet you choose for yourself you may well have to learn to live with some restrictions in your life or learn how to trade. Think about it as a type of swapping game – trade a piece of cake for a longer walk; have a glass of beer or wine if this is what you fancy but then later on go and play with the kids in the garden… You have to learn how to allow yourself some of your guilty pleasures but you have to remember that everything has a price… learn to pay for your moments of indulgence with some other small sacrifice. Ying and Yang.

Think long term

Let’s be honest with ourselves, most “diets” simply don’t work, especially the “magic diet” types. Yes, they might help you shed a few pounds but not forever… once you stop and go back to your old habits the weight will creep back most likely with some additional lbs. This is why it is so important to think long term. Don’t think about a “diet” as a short term fix… think about it as a new beginning, as a start to a new you and a new chapter in your life’ think about it as a long term commitment which hopefully will be transformed over time into a new healthy lifestyle.

That’s it from me.

This is my guide and the stages I went through in my process of getting to the point in my life where I am now… I am ready for a change, I know what I want and with help of others I will achieve it. I am learning to deal with my personal “trading game” to find the right balance in swopping goodies for hard work afterword’s and I believe over time this new routine, which I am developing now, will stick and then stay forever.

Happy dieting everyone!

Take Alive! and #FeelAlive! – Review and #Giveaway

Take Alive! and #FeelAlive! – Review and #GiveawayThe commercially produced food of today is nothing like it used to be. Not only is the fact that most of the time, it doesn’t taste the same anymore but even more important is that it doesn’t even have the same nutritional values as it once had.

Fast growing crops, farm foods, GMO added to make foods more resilient to weather conditions, higher yielding or simply to be easier to grow… all of these make most of our food less nutritious and thus less valuable to our body. Yet, we still need the same (or more) microelements and vitamins to keep healthy. So what’s the solution? Well, we have to seek help in food supplements.

During our trip to Europe last month my Mum made us do a full blood test, just to see how we are doing… well despite our fairly healthy lifestyle and fairly balanced diet, we aren’t doing all that well… we are missing some crucial microelements and vitamins… it was time to seek some help…

Luckily for us we didn’t have to seek very far. Alive! came to the rescue and challenged us to take their Multi-Vitamins and see the difference.

Take Alive! and #FeelAlive! - Review and #GiveawayWell, after a full month of taking one “Alive! Women Energy” pill a day, I have to admit I do see the difference. I am more… well… alive! I have more energy, I sleep better and I am less grumpy (at least most of the time).

Alive! caters for the entire family. You can buy multi-vitamins that are especially designed with kids in mind (age 2+), men, women or just a general adult version plus there is a special selection for the over 50s. We all need something different, depending on our gender, age, lifestyle and Alive! has it all, all you have to do it to pick the right product for you.

And you might be picking it sooner than you think… Alive! is offering a three months’ supply of their high potency Multi-Vitamins to one of my Bark Time readers.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to follow the steps on Gleam app starting with a mandatory comment on the blog post below… just visit Alive! and tell me which product would you like to win and why.

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Toddler Life – Summer, Pool & Petits Filous

Toddler Life – Summer, Pool & Petits FilousWe all know how important having the correct nutrition is (or at least I hope we all know). It’s important to us but especially so for our little ones. When they’re growing up, it’s essential that your little rascal has a healthy, balanced diet which helps ensure they get all the nutrition they need.

Kids can run (or crawl in Leos’ case) like crazy, they burn a lot of energy and it is crucial to replenish it by using “real food”, food containing natural ingredients and not added preservatives, colouring or sweeteners. With the busy lifestyle, most of us lead these days, it is hard sometimes to find the right meal for our little one, especially when we are out and about, rushing from A to B and trying our best to get everything done in time.

Well, there is something on the market which can help with this dilemma :-)

Petits Filous offers a great selection of natural fruit yogurts and fromage frais. We have tried them before (you can read about my Magic Squares here) but now there is a new addition to Petits Filous family – super handy 70g yogurt pouches which are ideal for on the go.

Petits Filous provides your child with the goodness of calcium and Vitamin D, which as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, are critical for strong bones.

Toddler Life - Summer, Pool & Petits FilousThe new Petits Filous resalable pouches come in three different flavours: apricot, raspberry and strawberry. They are specifically designed with kids in mind and contain vitamin D which helps absorb calcium. As the main source of vitamin D is sunshine and we all know how much of a rarity sunshine is here in the UK, therefor it is necessary to top up through diet. Few foods naturally contain Vitamin D but luckily some foods, such as Petits Filous, are fortified with it. As to calcium, well calcium is essential because it gives strength to bones and teeth. Since our bodies can’t make calcium, it is important that children get enough in their diet.

Toddler Life – Summer, Pool & Petits FilousAnd in all honesty they taste delicious. I have to admit I am guilty of “stealing” one from the fridge every now and them :-)

Have you tried any Petits Filous products?

If you did, which one is your favourite?

*I was provided with a superstore gift card in order to purchase a selection of Petits Filous products.