We are half way through Boat Camp and, to be honest this week, is definitely proving to be the hardest so far. It is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, still being so far from the end, so maintaining self-control and remaining true to the initial goals that I set almost three weeks ago has become the biggest challenge for me. Whilst enduring four gruelling morning sessions a week, I am also adhering to a strict diet that consists of vegetables and lean protein diet, with no carbs, sugar, dairy… Basically, anything that looks remotely delicious and delectable is off the menu.
I have, however, become accustomed to eating this lean protein high diet and at times have looked forward to a steak and broccoli for dinner or 100g of chicken with a sliced capsicum for a snack, but this hasn’t stopped me dreaming (and inappropriately smelling) of the foods that are OFF LIMTS.
Here are my five French foods that I must steer clear of if I am to achieve the ultimate bikini body this summer in the Riviera!
French rosé wine is one of the premium delights one indulges on whilst living on the Riviera. However, drinking presses ‘pause’ on your metabolism and whatever you recently ate gets stored as fat. What’s worse, ‘research has uncovered that alcohol especially decreases fat burn in the belly’ according to studies and leads to a stomach bulge and a delay in processing what you had eaten that day.
The boulangeries of the Côte d’Azur are filled with delicious pastries and baguettes. It is hard to control oneself when popping inside on and my favourite is the ‘poulet baguette’ sandwich – I could indulge in one on a daily basis if I wanted to. Alas eating any product made out of white flour causes your blood sugar to spike and then crash—the body recognizes white flour as sugar and stores it completely. Because of its effect on your blood sugar, when you crash, you crave more food, specifically in the form of sugar.
The Côte d’Azur is lined with beautiful cheese boutiques and a selection can be made from more than 200 different types in most places. Cheese, however, is a high-calorie product loaded with fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Some cheeses contain up to 70% fat and the type of fat they contain is mainly saturated (bad) fat. Of course, we aren’t saying that all cheese is bad and an allowance can must be made for chevre (goat’s cheese) and parmesan, which my diet allows just two teaspoons of each once a week to ensure optimal results.
Everyone loves to indulge in chocolate, whether it be a chocolate bar to snack on at 3pm (Snickers, Malteasers, M&Ms…) to keep you going for that afternoon pick-me-up or perhaps it’s the after dinner sweet treat that you just can’t go without. My favourite is a jar of Nutella in one evening’s sitting, but that is another story! Chocolate is an unhealthy craving and, of course, the more you have the more you want. There is dark chocolate with a high percentage of ‘cacao’, which is good for you, but most processed chocolate is high in sugar and caffeine – stay clear like me if you want to achieve your goal.
The French love to serve everything with French fries, from mussels to salmon tartare (which I can personally assure you from experience) French fries are a serious contender for the most unhealthy foods that people eat regularly. This processed food encourages lethargy, obesity and has been linked to risks of serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease. When frying any food, it is saturated in bad fat.
Note from the author: While researching this article, the facts and statistics I read really drove home the dangers of unhealthy eating and while I won’t be forever saking cheese and bread – and most definitely not the rosé – I am coming around to the idea that avoiding these five simple foods may just help shape the way to a better me, and you!