These two photos were taken a year apart. On the right was summer 2015, and on the left was taken just a few weeks ago. I have talked atc length on my Instagram account @mymollypocket about my struggle to find balance when it comes to my attitude to food. The comforting thing I have learned in voicing this constant battle, is that I am not alone. So many of us are trying to strive towards that 'healthy lifestyle' that social media has almost demanded of us. Even though I am passionate about yoga and fitness and using my body to its full ability, I have found it difficult to find that complete feeling - if you can't love yourself how can you expect to find true happiness?! Along with my love of constantly being active, I also everyday look forward to fuelling my body, which yes, means MEAL TIME!!!! This is where I fall down in my efforts to sustain balance. For years I have deprived myself of giving in to my love of all food, healthy and not-so-healthy, sticking to a strict clean mostly paleo diet. This of course, combined with hard training, resulted in my tiny frame and lean physique which I of course enjoyed. But now I have had to sit myself down and re-access. What makes me happy? When am I happiest? I am happiest when practicing yoga, pushing myself further each day at the gym, spreading my passion for positivity through teaching, quality time with friends/family, and of course enjoying those first few bites of a delicious meal. Now I am both nervous and excited to everyday be honest with myself and my followers, sharing me search for balance in each happy pleasure I am lucky enough to have.
Aubergine fritters here on The Little Green Spoon.
Eating out does not mean you can't eat clean. Some of my favourite spots are Featherblade, The Fumbally, Avoca Cafe, and The Happy Pear.
This simple pea salad is my all time fav. I could eat just this for dinner and be happy! Fry garlic, shallots and pancetta. And to cooked peas, dress with lemon and olive oil, and sprinkle feta cheese on top. Yum.
Weekends cannot come and go without treats. Well, that's my rule! Starting from the top right -
1) Overnight almond & cinnamon oats. Topped with coconut, nana, pumpkin seeds, goji berries & nut butter.
2) Coconut and Vanilla Nobó icecream with a baked 'cookie dough' Quest protein bar.
3) Coyo coconut yogurt, with strawberries, goji berries, and almond butter.
4) My special post-workout egg-white crepe, recipe on my IG account @mymollypocket.
For dinner, unless I am treating myself to steak, I usually try to stick to fish or chicken with lots of veg. Cauliflower has to be my favourite substitute for carbs as you can let it act as a step-in for mashed potato or rice. Also, aubergines roasted are delicious with sea salt and some olive oil - another low carb and filling vegetable that I regularly enjoy.
99% of the time my breakfast consists of high protein red meat and one fried egg. For me, breakfast is my most important meal - the morning is my favourite time of day and it's always so great to start your day with a happy belly.
I would love to hear your stories. How do you remain balanced? Does social media help you stay motivated and positive? Or do you find it results in you feeling constantly under pressure, with the fear that happiness is never quite in site? I hope this food diary of 'week one' has benefitted you all and I am so happy to, as always, have you all to share my journey with.