I often get asked what the best diet is and my reply is always to just eat as clean as you can with everything in moderation. For those of you who have no idea what clean eating is, it’s basically eliminating processed foods. For more information check out my blog post about clean eating.

Fad diets aren’t healthy so it’s important that you rid your mind of the idea that the word ‘diet’ means going on a diet. You know what I mean – that thing where you practically starving yourself for days/weeks.  Instead, the word ‘diet’ should mean your general food intake. Once you change the way you view that word it actually does become easier and you’ll be healthier.

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Clean eating is a permanent lifestyle choice but don’t think for one second that I’m saying you can only ever eat 100% healthy foods because I’m a huge fan of everything in moderation. I don’t think it’s right that anyone should hate themselves for having some chocolate, or that you should feel like you’ve got to start again because you had a few drinks at a party. Just make generally healthier choices. And believe it or not, that means you will eventually learn to not feel guilty about having treats because you’ll accept they are part of your diet (again meaning general food intake).

You might think I’m talking about some distant magical land where chocolate doesn’t contain sugar and ice cream burns fat…and unicorns exist (if only), but I’m serious…

I’m a chocoholic and have some every week, and I never feel guilty about it because it’s a treat and we are all allowed treats! I’m not saying you should go out and eat every chocolate selection box in sight (sorry) but just try to adopt a healthier relationship with food and accept that you’re going to make generally healthier choices.

I try to stick to the 80/20 rule – before you go searching for a special 80/20 diet, I just mean that I eat clean healthy food approx. 80% of the time and have treats 20% of the time.

It works for me and I know many other people in the health and fitness industry who follow this rule. Plus it means I can enjoy special occasions like Christmas without worrying about what I eat – yay! No strict diet telling me I can’t have a dessert.

You don’t need to survive solely on green smoothies or buy every superfood, and you also don’t need to put pressure on yourself to be able to adjust to a clean eating lifestyle straight away; it will take time but once you get used to it you’ll find that you’re making healthier choices without even realising it. Start small and make gradual changes putting your health first. You can do it!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.

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