In this new weekly series, I’ll be sharing with you everything I eat for one day each week. That way, you can see healthy eating in action, and see how I go about balancing the principals of healthy eating in the wild (real life that is!).
Like a lot of people, I have some great “clean” days full of super-nutritious power foods, and then there are other days when I eat out, or when I just crave chocolate cake and bake up something delicious (although to my credit it’s usually as healthy as I can possibly make it!).
If you’ve gone through my free 9 Day, Level Up Your Health Challenge, you’ll know that the 2 most important steps you can take to build a strong, positive healthy habit is to:
1. Do the action in micro-sized steps, and
2. Do it daily until the action has sunk deep into your subconscious and you do it without thinking.
For some habits, like drinking more water, a habit can form in as little as 10 days, for others, like doing daily sit-ups, it can take up to 6 months.
You’ve heard it a thousand times: eat whatever you like, but in moderation. (Queue sound of crickets singing in the night time stillness…)
I don’t know about you, but to me advice like that is pretty much a waste of time.
So… let me get this right: you’re saying, whatever I want in moderation?
What on earth does moderation even mean anyway?
Is it once a day, twice a week, monthly or twice a year?
Is moderation of mars bars the same as moderation of avocado?
Me: “Well that depends. What do you think about getting melted dark chocolate all over your hands?”
Mother-in-law scoffing: “What? A problem with getting chocolate on my hands?” + Slightly evil laugh. “That my dear… will not be a problem.”
So the morel of this story is, if you don’t mind spending 10 minutes indulging in a little chocolate messiness, then these decedent dark chocolate truffles are relatively easy to make.
“Don’t eat that chocolate cake. Don’t eat that chocolate cake.” I chanted to myself desperately while I sat on the floor each night with my back against the wall staring at the fridge that held the very thing I was trying to stop myself from eating.
But no matter how hard I tried, it always ended the same. Me eating the chocolate cake… and feeling like a complete failure… yet again.
I felt totally out of control.
How is it possible that the one thing that I was trying sooooo hard to not do was the one thing that I couldn’t resist?
Who’s Behind FYAM?
I’m Melanie Stephens and I’m a qualified nutritionist, chef and workout enthusiast who’s wildly passionate about helping people learn how to hack their habits to make living healthier as simple and streamlined as possible.
Speaking | Nutrition Coaching
I speak at various locations around Paris and offer free on-line webinars to all those around the world who cant make it to my live events.
I have developed the Optimum Nutrition Coaching Programme a results focused private health coaching programme which is available on-line via skype.