I now live in Krabi, and that means it's beach body time.
As you know me by now, I'm all about that fit & healthy (bikini) body.
"I only care about photo outcomes, carbs, and like, 3 other people."
I used to cut down food intake and workout vigorously to the point I felt weak, which is a very unhealthy way to achieve supposedly 'fit & healthy' body.
From that ignorant experience, I became almost obsessed in absorbing all the knowledge and information to master my healthy eating habits for that awesome bikini body, the healthy way.
Love & honor your body the right way.
Just being skinny doesn't mean that's the standard for being beautiful.
It's completely pointless to follow the 'society standard beauty'.
Being comfortable with who you are and have the healthy, energetic body to do the things you love is the utmost mindset to live a fulfilling, happy life.
With that, I'm sharing you some of the top eating habits I've accumulated throughout the years to achieve the healthy & fit awesome bikini body I've always wanted.
Tip #1 : Always go for fresh foods instead of processed foods
Everything you put in your mouth matters more than you think.
Processed pre-packaged foods usually require additional chemicals or other things to preserve its shelf life. Those ingredients are usually not meant for the human body because it's unnatural.
I always read labels and I barely eat packaged foods like chips, cookies, soda, bottled juice and related.
Living the location independent lifestyle with regular travels actually trains me to never hoard anything in the fridge for long and keep things fresh.
Look in your fridge, how many items have been sitting there for more than 3 months? 6 months? A year??
Maintain a clutter-free fridge and train yourself to go for fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh meats/poultry/seafood. Cut them in portions and freeze them is a great idea too.
Not only you'll eat better with real food, you'll have an organized fridge for quality stuff.
My type of foods 😍
Tip #2 : Eliminate sugar as much as you can
Processed sugar has a lot of bad effects on brain and human body so it’s best to minimize or eliminate it from the diet. Here’s a TEDtalk on Sugar’s effect on brain.
Sugar can make you high and make you crash.
The only fructose I consume is usually from fresh fruits.
Seldomly I'll enjoy some nice chocolate or pumpkin (my 2 favorites) because I do want to enjoy life. But I keep my pleasure eats and normal healthy eats very balanced.
Tip #3 : Use sodium in moderation for cooking
A lot of restaurant meals and foods contains too much sodium in it, which may cause stress for the body because our body tends to retain water when sodium is in our system.
As we retain water, our kidney may be impacted so are our heart, skin, and stomach.
Here's an informative article that explains such health risk.
Do consume some sodium, but in moderation.
Tip #4 : Combination of protein and lots of vegetables is the best
Try to simplify your meals with a good portion of protein and a good amount of vegetables for balance. Add some healthy grains or healthy fats in moderation.
Protein keeps you fuller and the nutrients + fiber from vegetables are great for your body and bowls.
I like Vietnamese summer roll
Tip #5 : Eat healthy carbs
Pasta, noodles, and other processed carbs tend to be unhealthy because additional ingredients are added through the production process.
If you are gluten sensitive, you'll especially know the effects of your body when you consume these type of foods.
Many processed carbs in the supermarkets contain high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and preservatives. I'd stay away from those if possible.
Rice, legumes like lentils, sweet potatoes, and squashes are good options for healthy carbs.
Sweet potato is a power food and it's one of my absolute favorite healthy carbs.
"Call me The Sweet Potato Queen"
Tip #6 : Eat healthy fats
Don't think eliminating fat is the way to go about healthy & fit bikini body. I used to make that stupid mistake by eating mainly protein and salads and got really weak.
Good fats such as avocado, coconut oil, salmon, and olive oil promote brain health.
When your brain receives these healthy fat nutrients, it functions better and you will be more productive with the right energy.
One of my favorite reads is David Perlmutter’s book on Brain Maker.
This book is a great source of information on this topic and I felt absolutely blown away by the benefits of healthy fat.
After reading the book, I went to the grocery store and this is what happened:
Tip #7: Steam vegetables
Lots of nutrients are lost if the vegetables are cooked too long. If you cook your vegetables too long, all you left is fiber but lost the nutrients and vitamins in them.
So it's best to steam them in the pot so they retain their proper nutrients.
I usually like to steam my vegetables with a stainless steel steamer. Those are super easy to use and doesn't take up space.
Be sure you get the sturdy, quality stainless steel. Inferior quality will rust and can be deadly for health.
OXO brand veggie steamer is the one I use. Their products are well-designed and great quality that last a long time.
Tip #8 : Use spices and herbs
A lot of long-term travelers travel with their favorite spices and herbs.
Good spices that promote health and brain function includes curry, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper just to name a few.
The spices and herbs I can't live without are:
Tumeric is great to make delicious curries and adds flavor to the food.
The nutrients it contains is great for the brain, for the skin, to treat headaches, diarrhea, IBS, heartburn, and even stomach pain.
Cinnamon not only can add delicious flavor to tea or food, it can also be made into a mask to promote skin health and get rid of acne.
I often add it to my oatmeal or tea, and I make cinnamon yogurt mask if I have acnes from PMS.
Quality cocoa powder
Cocoa powder is awesome. They are the purest form of cocoa without the additional sugar and chemicals like most packaged chocolates too.
I love to add them in my yogurt, oatmeal, and I also make my own healthy chocolate by blending it with coconut oil.
Cocoa is great for promoting heart health, it can lower blood pressure, and help reduce age-related memory decline.
I usually restock these three whenever given the chance.
I encourage using spices and herbs because those not only have health benefits, they are much better choice than the shelf preservative sauces that usually contains chemicals, MSG, sugar, food coloring, and high fructose corn syrup.
You can add these spices and herb to your dishes to make satisfying healthy meals.
Tip #9 : Use healthy recipe apps to help you cook
Some interesting apps you can download to help you cook healthy meals includes:
...just to name a few.
If I'm eating alone, manga is part of the meal.
Last Tip : Find what works for you
At the end, I know not everyone can eat like me nor am I interested in converting anyone to eat exactly like me.
I keep things simple because I am busy with other things in life and I find eating simplistic is the best way to manage my health.
I do miss my food art
and making dishes for my favorite people.
But juggling working on projects and managing health is not easy, I'm sure you'll agree.
So I'm simply sharing my healthy eating habits that have helped me achieve the awesome bikini body I want. I just want them abs and toned butt. Once you get those, it's hard to accpet anything else, lol
when you start to see muscles, you'd start taking ridculous amount of selfies with pants off, like this
Do note that I'm not perfect nor do I care to be. I have a bit of flappy inner thigh and my stomach is not exactly flat.
What's important is that I am healthy & fit.
Nothing is black and white or set in stone.
Explore a bit to see what's suitable for you.
I wish you enjoy your food and your life!