The Figroll And Oxtail Soup Diet
I used to eat a fig roll bar for my breakfast.
Yes, unfortunately you did read that right…
One of those biscuits where everyone wonders how they get the fig into the fig roll? It has less than 150 calories in it so I figured that was a good thing.
I’m not even sure I could call it breakfast as I generally scoffed it at my desk at 11.00AM, followed by a bad cup of instant coffee with half a sugar.
Lunch didn’t improve much.
A cup of instant oxtail soup and 0% fat diet yogurt, also consumed at my desk.
The Fig Roll And Oxtail Soup Diet = Zero Nutritional Balance
I don’t think I care to admit what dinner was.
But I think it’s fair to say I had zero balance in my day back then. No work/life balance and certainly no nutritional balance.
Sadly, I hadn’t a clue how to eat properly. I was trying to lose some weight and I thought this was the best way. Eat less, cut out all fats, cut down calories.
Basically, I was eating so little I was starving myself. The fig roll and oxtail soup diet was depriving my body of all the good nutrients it needed to function properly.
And properly function – I did not. My weight plummeted. I had zero energy. My sleep was broken. I was downright grumpy. And I was obsessed with food but not in a good way. The fig roll and oxtail soup diet was bad for my body in every way possible.
Therefore, never, never, never in a million years follow the fig roll bar and oxtail soup diet – it was dangerous, ill-conceived and in no way represented balanced nutrition.
What you need (and what your body wants) is a balanced diet.
A balanced diet is nourishment that gives your body all the nutrients required by it in order to function properly. It has nothing to do with crash diets. The term balanced diet does even deserve to be in the same sentence fig roll and oxtail soup.
In order to achieve balanced nutrition, you should acquire the bulk of your daily energy from fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
Balanced nutrition is a well-thought-out plan that aims to provide all the important macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat) along with micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Carbohydrates, proteins, fat and micronutrients are the cornerstone of good nutrition.
Protein is an essential player in your diet. It helps your body repair damaged cells as well as make new ones. This powerful macronutrient plays a crucial role in metabolism, immunity, fluid balance and energy. It can be found in meat, eggs, fish, chickpeas, lentils, beans and nuts.
Carbohydrates should not be avoided. They are the main source of energy for your body. Think of carbohydrates as the fuel needed to run a car. Without petrol, the car won’t run. Equally, without carbohydrates, your body will not have the necessary fuel to sustain you.
Consume whole grain carbohydrates such as brown rice, wheat bread, oatmeal, quinoa, brown pasta and potatoes.
Fat is an essential part of our diet and is necessary for good health. It’s important to eat unsaturated fats as part of a balanced diet. These fats help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol levels.
There are two main types of unsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fat breaks down into omega-3 fat (found in oily fish and flaxseed) and omega-6 fat (found in some oils such as safflower and in brazil nuts, walnuts and sesame seeds). Monounsaturated fat is found in olive, peanut and sesame oil, avocados and nuts such as cashews, pistachios and almonds.
Vitamins and Minerals
These micronutrients support metabolism, nerve and muscle function, bone maintenance and cell production. Fruits and vegetables are the chief sources of vitamins and minerals. Add a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables daily to your menu to give your body the nutrients it needs. Think rainbow – the more colour and variation the better.
I wish someone had sat me down when I was younger to explain nutrition to me. To tell me that I was damaging my body and sabotaging my good intentions. I thought I was doing the right thing to lose weight. Eat less, weight less – simple right? Definitely not so. Starving yourself is never the answer. Being hungry all the time is no way to live.
I’m glad to say, at nearly 40 years old, I’ve ditched the fig roll and oxtail soup diet. I haven’t touched the Oxtail soup in about 10 years (although I do occasionally still have a fig roll). For the last two years, I’ve worked consistently on creating balanced nutrition for myself and my family. By doing this I’ve maintained a healthy weight, I’m strong in body and in mind, I sleep like a baby and my sense of well-being is immense.
That is the power of balanced nutrition.
Co-Founder, Pepper Hustle
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