Spring Clean Me – my healthy living plan.

Spring Clean Me – my healthy living plan.

There’s nothing more satisfying than a good spring clean is there? Open the windows, music blaring, rubber gloves and apron on (I’m nearly 40 so thought I’d better start wearing one, that’s what sensible 40 somethings do, isn’t it?)

I’m currently cleaning and washing everything within an inch of its life and thought while I’m at it, I’ll sort myself out.

I’ll spring clean me!

After careful consideration I’ve devised a healthy living plan which I’ve broken down in to 3 steps;

Step 1 – Form a working party

Purely through being in the right place at the right time, I’ve been taking part in a Noom app trial hosted by the lovely and ubber supportive Michelle from Bod for Tea. My purpose for joining the trial was to try to live a more healthy lifestyle through making the right food choices. I don’t want to lose weight but I am a complete cake fiend, along with chocoholic and occasional secret lemonade drinker. There’d be days when a piece of fruit or vegetable didn’t pass my lips and that’s bad, bad, bad. Especially when I’m preaching to my children to eat their 5 a day while I hide with my face in the cupboards sneaking biscuits.

Bod for tea modelling the healthy living mantra I 'm trying to adopt in my spring clean.

Love this quote, it’s my new mantra!

 

Step 2 – Implement an action plan

My action plan is based on a moment of inspiration I gained from my bonkers friend, Sue, who is also adopting a new healthy eating regime. She’s introduced me to the fab book Deliciously Ella, I’m sure that this is one of those occasions where the world and his wife have already read the book (wink, wink) saw the film and bought the t-shirt, so I apologise if this is so last week for you, but I’m hooked AND she’s a blogger!

Delicoiusly Ella

I’ve been considering giving up red meat for a while and other than when I’m pregnant (when I crave it) I’m not a huge fan so it’s not been a big lifestyle change. This book though, has given me some really good ideas to get started on my spring clean as my biggest downfall is imagination. I’m not ready to go full vegetarian yet as I love fish, but if I can drip feed some recipes into my life, then my healthy living transformation will be a winner.

I’ve already written about how my resolution for this year was to drink more water which I’m doing on a good day, but to really get this spring clean going I’m going to up my game.

Step 3 Practice makes perfect

So now my working party’s formed (through the group section on my Noom Pro app) and my action plan in place, I’ve begun by stockpiling some healthy living essentials and got busy in the kitchen. I know through many stop/start healthy living splurges in the past that if I’m going to  succeed in this healthy living transition then I’m better on a slow turn as opposed to full on turnaround. So rather than rush out and buy every ingredient mentioned in the book, I’m starting small, my thinking is that I won’t miss what I left behind, so to speak. As much as I’m sure a quick spring clean would be better through detoxing, as a breastfeeding mum, I can’t afford to give up any calories so instead I’m swapping bad choices for good in the hope my body can feel the benefits.

Humous, tomato & avocado wtaps, part of my new healthy living plan by mum in a nutshell

To get going I’ve been making my own hummus which tasted 100 times better than the shop bought versions, I’ve been using it in wraps with avocado and tomatoes as well as on oat cakes and am totally addicted. I’m not denying myself any little treats as I know that I’ll never keep this up if I do, but already I’m feeling  and seeing the benefits and do you know what, I’m sure there’s even a little spring in my step today

See what I did there?

To be continued……………

 

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43 Comments

    • 20th March 2015 / 8:20 pm

      I don’t think you should deny yourself anything if you really fancy it. I’m trying to just not buy in the rubbish stuff then I won’t eat it but it’s quiet hard with a family who aren’t that fussed on being healthy.

  1. 20th March 2015 / 8:22 pm

    I’m just going to set out by trying one or 2 new recipes a week, I’m a cake addict too but there are a few cake recipes in the book so I’m not worried that I’ll never get to eat any ever again.

  2. Louise @ Birds and Lilies
    20th March 2015 / 9:07 pm

    This sounds great; good luck with it all. I love the Deliciously Ella book but I’ve only got round to making a couple of meals so far. You might like the ‘I quit sugar for life book’ (whether you want to quit sugar or not); there are loads of great recipes in there. I hardly ever cook, but this week I have made raw chocolate and chocolate ‘ice cream’ from that book and they’re both really easy! I’m like you in that I can’t deprive myself or I just won’t carry on with the healthy eating xx #PoCoLo

    • 20th March 2015 / 10:02 pm

      That sounds exam;y what I need, some recipes that trick me into thinking I’m still eating sugar. I’m finding the lack of chocolate really hard.

  3. 20th March 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Hope it goes well. I’m a cake addict too. I did try making hummus once but the kids who love the shop variety, didn’t care for it, so that was that/ #weekendbloghop

    • 20th March 2015 / 10:04 pm

      oh no, well done for giving it a go. I have found it lasts longer than the shop bought one though. I’ve found a healthy cake I am going to try tomorrow.

  4. 21st March 2015 / 11:28 pm

    Good luck! I have managed to lose over 26 pounds since October. I am absolutely certain you can do this. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  5. Michelle Reeves (bod for tea)
    22nd March 2015 / 10:49 am

    What a fabulous positive post lovely! Thank you for featuring our little group and the Noom app – so glad you’re finding it helpful. As you know the husband and I lost 60lb this way last year. Definitely want to read the book you mention too – seen a lot about it online. (P.s. strange coming to another site and seeing my own face staring back at me!)

    • 22nd March 2015 / 12:52 pm

      Thanks Michelle, must have been strange seeing yourself pop up! I’m LOVING Deliciously Ella, made almond butter fudge and sweet potato brownies this weekend, it really suits your Noom mantra.

  6. 22nd March 2015 / 8:28 pm

    How exciting – good luck! I am totally with you on the cake. I really wish I could have some cake right now… 🙁
    I am doing a similar thing, I’m starting a real health kick as of tomorrow – the fridge and cupboards are stocked and a few simple swaps here and there are occurring. Luckily for me, my boyfriend is also doing it with me, so we have each other’s support when I get tempted…. Which might happen more than I’d like. We’ll see….! I love that T-short too!! Ray xx #SundayStars

    • 22nd March 2015 / 10:25 pm

      I’m flying solo in my health kick, the boys are complaining already at the lack of crisps and biscuits. It’s going to be hard!

  7. 23rd March 2015 / 9:03 am

    Good luck with your journey, I think swapping out one or two recipes at a time is a brilliant idea. Looking forward to hearing more about how it all goes!

    • 23rd March 2015 / 9:24 am

      Thank you, so far so good. Just choosing this week’s recipe.

  8. 23rd March 2015 / 9:11 am

    What a fab idea!! I too started a trial of Noom to watch how I ate (rather than to lose weight) but it just didn’t work out for me. However it did highlight how often I reach for an “easy” snack rather than a nutritious one, just like you found!

    I do hope that your personal Spring Clean makes you feel healthier and with that spring in your step 😉 good luck!

    Popping over from #sharethejoy

    • 23rd March 2015 / 9:26 am

      Thanks so much, Nooms helping me work out my red from my green foods. So far so good.

  9. 23rd March 2015 / 12:17 pm

    I love that your attitude is to replace bad food with good rather than try to cut calories – my approach exactly and I find it far more realistic! Have you tried Green Kitchen Stories? It’s another blogger-turned-cookbook success story and I LOVE their recipes. Very healthy and also very interesting, which I think is crucial if you’re going to keep it up in the long term.
    Thanks for joining in with the #sharethejoylinky!

    • 23rd March 2015 / 9:12 pm

      No, I haven’t tried that book but it sounds right up my street. I need a long term plan once I’ve settled into this new way of living.

  10. 24th March 2015 / 7:30 am

    It certainly makes you feel better when you eat healthier and exercise.

  11. 24th March 2015 / 9:27 am

    ‘Spring Clean Me’ – such a great idea! We are about to Spring clean the house from top to bottom and it would be a good chance to look at our lives as well after making all those plans in January and not quite putting them into action!

  12. Betty and the Bumps
    24th March 2015 / 8:00 pm

    I think stocking up is very wise. I find what stops me from eating well is I wake up in the morning thinking “Today is the day!” but there’s nothing in the cupboards that fits in with a healthy eating regime.

    x

    #allaboutyou

    • 25th March 2015 / 7:00 am

      That was exactly my problem, it so much easier to reach for a piece of cake rather than go out and buy some healthy snacks

  13. Christine
    25th March 2015 / 8:59 am

    Well done you for taking the decision to be more healthy! Love the idea of making my own hummous but I have not found a good recipe yet! The ones from the shops always taste better! Maybe you can share yours?

    • 25th March 2015 / 12:04 pm

      I’ll post the recipe I used, it was delicious and easy to make, I don’t think I could go back to shop bought now.

  14. Lina
    25th March 2015 / 9:09 pm

    Great post – I love the idea of a self spring clean! I have just bought the Deliciously Ella book too – inspiring isn’t she?!

    • 25th March 2015 / 9:25 pm

      It is fantastic! I thoroughly recommend her almond fudge & hazelnut spread. I’m starting the day with the apple & carrot juices too. I feel amazing

  15. 26th March 2015 / 10:24 am

    Good luck! And me too, I love the idea of this! I haven’t got that book but seen that everyone else has it! Might have to get myself one too 🙂 Jess x #sundaystars

    • 26th March 2015 / 3:51 pm

      It’s for sale quite cheap on Amazon, I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to try a healthier lifestyle.

  16. 26th March 2015 / 1:11 pm

    Love it!! I’m feeling this post all over having piled on the weight since (and a bit before!!) Christmas. I’m now half way through a 6 week ‘body transformation” (here’s hoping!!) and although I’m tired this week, it’s generally been just the kick up the butt I needed to getting more active and more energy! Spring clean all the way and good luck love!

    #TheList xxx

    • 26th March 2015 / 3:50 pm

      Wow that sounds pretty serious stuff. Luckily I’m only cutting out sugar and have found ways to keep my energy up do I don’t feel I’m making a compromise. Best of luck to you and your spring clean x

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