Celebrity nutritionist and all-round wellbeing guru Amelia Freer is a fine example to live by when it comes to health and fitness.
When we spied journalist Imogen Edwards-Jones’ piece on Get The Gloss, raving about how Amelia “changed her life”, we had to share. Under Amelia’s guidance, Imogen “went from a tight and sweaty size 14, to a sling-this-thing on 10.” And the best bit? She’s kept it off for two years.
From ditching elevenses to eating the rainbow and proving that an apple a day really does keep the doctor away, prepare to be inspired by what Amelia taught her.
DON’T EAT BETWEEN MEALS
Not only are you usually shovelling in unconscious calories that you are not particularly noticing or enjoying, but snacks are the quickest way to raise your insulin levels which helps your body store fat.
ALWAYS START EACH MEAL WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PROTEIN
Even if it is a big spoonful of cream with your pie, or a bit of cheese off the top of your pizza, protein helps slow down your insulin spike, which in turn, makes you store less fat.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO DRINK ALCOHOL (ER, YES!) THEN MAKE SURE IT IS VODKA, TEQUILA OR RED WINE
These are the least sugary of all the alcohols and we know that sugar is not very good stuff. So if you really need to have a drink (er, see above) then something like a vodka and soda is the best of a bad bunch.
AN APPLE A DAY REALLY DOES KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY
Maybe mummy was right after all? Amelia told Imogen to eat an apple a day, and so she does, mainly because, as Imogen says, “when cold from the fridge, they are absolutely delicious!”
EAT THE RAINBOW
If your plate is full of beige/brown/yellow food, you are not giving yourself enough variety. Each and every vegetable and fruit has something to offer. If you only eat the same things your body will miss out.
DON’T MIX PROTEINS
Apparently your body only really likes dealing with one at a time. So if you have a fish starter, have a fish main course. Don’t switch from chicken to fish to beef half way through a dinner.
COFFEE AND TEA
They are fine in moderation, however they should not be drunk on their own in the middle of the afternoon as they also cause your insulin to spike and therefore store more fat!
FAT IS YOUR FRIEND
Butter and oils are essential for good skin and glossy hair. Cook in saturated fats like butter, ghee or coconut oil. Olive oil when heated changes from good fat into not-so-good fat, so cook using butter or coconut oil; it is a much healthier option.
Yes you can. Just so long as it is a dark 70% chocolate that is full of very good-for-you cacao.
THE TREAT MEAL
No one can be good all the time. It is important to treat yourself occasionally – once a week is Amelia’s suggestion. But you must not feel guilty. Enjoy it, think about it, look forward to it and, for the love of god, go for it! Chips? Chips and mayonnaise? Chips mayonnaise and a pudding? Why the very hell not? You deserve it!
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