Tough Love: No Meat, No Junk, No Booze November! | #ThisGirlEats

Looking after yourself is important, right? Sometimes that means eating well and exercising, sometimes that means staying in with a bowl of ice cream and not moving for hours until you feel better about things. Each to their own.

I like the idea that there are lots of different ways to be healthy and, sometimes, being good to yourself means eating the “bad” food. Starving ourselves instead of listening to what our body actually craves, obsessing over each and every mouthful, that’s not healthy. But, of course, neither is filling our bodies with too much salt, sugar and fat, missing out on the nutrients that help us perform at our best.

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Mozzarella and tomato crisp bake with herby new potatoes and side salad

I try my hardest to be good to my body, but it’s no secret that I often fail. This month, however, I’m determined to make a very strict, very sudden change out of my comfort zone  because, sometimes, tough love is necessary to achieve your goals.

The reason I’m treating November as a go-hard-or-go-home month is because I’ve got some things coming up that I really want to look my best for and, thanks to my pretty lax attitude this year, I’m not in the shape I hoped to be.

I’ve now decided, for this one month only, I’m going against everything I usually believe when it comes to diets and restricting yourself. No meat, no takeaways, no alcohol, no large portions, not until the occasion I’m doing this all for comes around towards the end of this month. That’s just over three weeks of being super strict with myself, something I’m not good at.

While I’m doing this, I’m also determined to prove that healthier food, going meat-free and eating smaller portion sizes doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a plate of salad night after night. You can still eat delicious, satisfying food that tastes incredible without feeling like you’re missing out.

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Lentil and spinach daal with brown rice and mini naan breads

If you want to see what I mean, head over to my Instagram (@hashtagthisgirleats) where I’ll be posting a photo of what I’m eating every night this month just to prove cutting down doesn’t mean losing out! There are a few sneak previews in this blog post…

Don’t worry, once this month is up I’ll be back to advocating eating what you want, when you want, and trying to find a healthy balance. But sometimes you’ve got to buckle down and focus to achieve your goals, even if it means being a little strict with yourself.

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