During high school, my diet was pretty atrocious. I ate 2 bacon sandwiches every day before registration and often brought in food from home as well as having a panini or pasta pot from school. For tea, I’d often have a Chinese takeaway and with going out every weekend drinking, I’d have a pizza to “sober up”. How I didn’t get extremely overweight is beyond me. It wasn’t until the end of college when I started to eat a lot cleaner. From getting a typical 9 to 5, Mon to Fri job, I’ve been able to develop a routine to control the food I eat and make sure it’s (mostly) healthy.
This post will show the unhealthy foods I erased from my diet and the healthy alternatives I now eat instead.
Tip: One of the most important things I found when trying to eat healthier was that preparation is key. Whenever I forgot to prepare my food or didn’t have time to make something healthy, I’d end up filling up on biscuits (Fox’s chunkie cookies to be specific) and Milkybar buttons – my guilty pleasure.
Note: I’ve included “options” in the titles because I didn’t eat every meal or snack listed in each section, in a day. I’m greedy but not that greedy.
What I Ate In High School
As I’ve already mentioned, my breakfast often consisted of greasy bacon and refined carbs. If I didn’t get to school early enough to grab 1 (sometimes 2) of these sandwiches, I’d turn to a chocolate bar or the typical but absolutely amazing, school toast.
- Bacon sandwich (x 2)
- Chocolate bar – usually Cadbury’s plain dairy milk
- School toast (x2)
Morning Snack options
If I hadn’t had a bacon sandwich in the morning, I’d definitely have one in the morning break. It used to become such as regular thing that the kitchen staff were often ready to sell me and my friend our bacon butties, made with extra crispy bacon – just how I liked it.
- (Another) bacon sandwich
- Packet of Crisps
- Packet of Cadbury’s mini animal biscuits
- Pasta King Pasta Pot (which isn’t too bad)
- Chicken Jalfrezi Panini
- Generic school dinner (Curry with cake and custard for pudding)
- Bacon and Cheese Baguette
Afternoon Snack options
- Carton of orange juice
- Beans on toast (mega thick white bread)
- Hunters Chicken and chips or on toasties
- Chinese takeaway
Evening Snack options
- Melted chocolate and strawberries (I used to live off this!)
- Crisps (Doritos Chilli Heatwave)
I’m not exaggerating, I literally used to eat like such a pig and had no health motive to control what I was putting in my body.
Why did I decide to change my diet?
It was only after eating like this for at least 2 years (year 10 and year 11) that I realised I was starting to put on weight and got out of breath very easy when doing anything remotely physical. Also, I didn’t have an Instagram account until 2013 when I was in year 10, which considering practically all of my friends had it, was pretty late for me. After 2 years of having amazing models flooding my Instagram feed, I felt so self-conscious and fat (whether I was fat or not) that it made me want to start eating healthier and exercising regularly.
My Diet To Date
- Quaker Oats Porridge and Soya Milk
- 1 serving of grapes or strawberries
- 2 x kiwis (I eat kiwis with the skin on – yes I know it’s weird)
- Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate (this product is vegan)
- Healthy green breakfast smoothie
- Sweet potato curry with rice
- Turkey burgers and salad
- Vegetable Bolognese
- Beans on toast
- Tomato and basil pasta (with homemade sauce)
- 1 serving of strawberries
- 3 poppadoms and a few spoons of mango chutney
I’m not trying to promote eating how I do as everyone’s different and hence requires a different diet. I’m simply explaining my reasons for changing my diet and trying to offer some alternative healthy meal options for people who may be in a similar situation to the one I was in.