One of the questions I get most everyday is ‘how do I start eating healthily’ – this is a huge questions and it’s hard to answer in just one email as there’s so much information and a million things to say! So I decided to create this guide to help you kick-start a healthy, plant based lifestyle. I’ve spent the last few months thinking of what you need to do this and I’ve shared all my thoughts and ideas in this guide. I’ve designed this for those of you who’ve are quite new to healthy living, but it’s also great if you’re just looking for a reboot and need some fresh inspiration – so it’s really here for everyone to use and enjoy
The Love Yourself Guide is made of five elements that work together to help you feel your best!
- Information on getting started
- Advice on things like substitutions, eating out, plant based protein, keeping costs down etc
- A five day reset plan to inspire you, with recipes for every meal and shopping lists
- A three week menu with recipes for every meal and shopping lists
- Fifteen exclusive workout videos from my favourite instructors to get you moving and tone your body. 3 yoga videos, 3 yoga stretch videos, 3 HIIT videos, 3 circuit videos and 3 pilates videos
- Exclusive motivational videos to share tips and tricks with you
- Cooking videos to show you how delicious and easy the recipes in the plan are
This guide is designed to improve overall health and happiness. It was created with a healthy lifestyle in mind, so it takes a holistic approach to health rather than calorie counting and weight loss which can often be really negative and restrictive. I want you to be able to celebrate and love healthy food, as well as feel and look your best too. Ultimately the main aim of this guide is to really learn to love yourself but you may also lose weight, especially if you haven’t been eating that cleanly in the past.
The meal plan in this Love Yourself Guide was created alongside a qualified nutritionist who has ensured that all meals contain a balance of all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need in order to maintain a healthy diet.
This guide includes 3 main meals and 2 snacks per day. A typical day would consist of porridge for breakfast, an apple with almond butter for a midday snack, roasted red pepper and tomato soup for lunch, carrot sticks with hummus for a mid-afternoon snack and then a delicious vegetable stir fry for dinner. Each meal is full of nourishing nutrients which should help keep your sugar levels stable and keep you fuller for longer, so don’t worry you won’t be feeling constantly hungry!
I recommend that you strictly stick to the guide for the first 5 days in order to reset your body and kick start your eating habits. After the first five days it would be awesome if you could keep to the guide as much as possible in order to really reap the full benefits of the Love Yourself Guide. However as six weeks is quite a long time, it’s inevitable that there will be occasions where the set meals aren’t possible so feel free to switch some meals around to make things easier for yourself.
I never count calories, I believe in counting goodness not calories. All the meals are natural and plant-based so you really don’t need to be worrying about the calories. It’s important to know that not all calories are created equally. For example a chocolate bar and an avocado may have a similar calorie content but they in no shape or form share the same mineral make up. Avocados are full of wonderful compounds and are easy to digest so they will nourish your body, give you glowing skin and amazing energy too.
Realistically as we are all busy people you may not be able to stick to this guide 100% of the time and this is discussed thoroughly in the guide.
It’s important to bear in mind that everyone is different and reacts to foods in different ways. It really depends on what your eating habits were like before but generally after switching to a plant-based diet you tend to feel a lot more energetic and feel lighter too. The first week may take some time for your digestive system to adjust to this new way of eating, but after the first few days you should start to feel gradually better and better! You may also notice physical changes too such as clearer skin, healthier looking hair and sparkly eyes.
The guide includes a whole range of different styles of workouts, including yoga, pilates, cardio and high intensity interval training. There is a good mix of stretching, relaxation and sweaty workouts too. These workouts are designed at a level which most people are able to do however if you are looking for something a little more challenging, each instructor will give you options to take things to the next level to work you just that extra bit harder. You will find your fitness levels improving too as the weeks go on so don’t be afraid to push yourself further.
Staying hydrated is such an important aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I recommend drinking lots of water throughout the day, you should aim for at least 2 litres a day and sticking to herbal teas rather than caffeine but a little coffee or black tea is absolutely fine to include.