Official Food Diary 'Clean eating' FAQ's!

Thank you for all of your support on my Official Food Diary
 I just wanted to answer a few frequently asked questions to clear the air.

How did you start eating clean and what research did you do?
The night before I was walking past the mirror on the way to the kitchen and noticed my arms were looking rather large and couldn't believe it was my arm. It looked so soft and out of shape. I did no research, and created '@officialfooddiary' on Instagram and promised myself to post everything I ate. At first I was going to keep it a secret but obviously couldn't keep it to myself. I luckily already had some knowledge on clean eating thanks to my husband who has been eating clean for years, but deep down inside nobody needs advice and we all really know what's good and bad for us. You don't need any books, just google something if you are confused.

How tall are you, and how much weight have you lost?
I'm 165cm (5'5") and my start weight was 145lbs, and I now weigh 126.6lbs and my goal weight is 120lbs (55kg) and to be toned. (All of this is in the profile) I'm on day 98 so it's been roughly 3 months since I started this journey.

 Why do you eat so many eggs whites? 
This has honestly been the most entertaining question. Eggs are one of the best sources of quality protein and also the cheapest. When eating just the whites, it's practically fat free, very low calorie and high in protein. It also keeps me full and therefore I have no problem eating as many as I wish.

Why don't you eat the yolks and what do you do with them?
I have nothing against egg yolks but choose to avoid them when trying to lose weight due to the calorie, fat, carb & cholesterol content. I do eat the yolks once in a while but generally avoid them as I'm trying to lose weight. Once I reach my goal weight, I'm sure I will sneak in the yolk a lot more as it's really good for you. Furthermore, I do not do anything special with the yolks, I do not secretly guzzle it down and turn it into a magic potion. I sometimes give the yolk to Esra, but generally bin them. I am aware you can buy egg whites in a carton, but I choose not to as they have been filtered, have other stuff in them and are more expensive.

Where can I buy chia seeds from?
I got mine from whole foods, but Holland & Barrett, and other organic shops sell them too, or if you want to entertain yourself google it.

Where can I buy Nakd bars from?
Tesco's, Sainsburys, Holland & Barrett and probably every organic/health shop you see.

Do you count calories?
No, as when I do I am left hungry. Although calorie counting does work so I would recommend it if your at a plateau. I do however count my carbs. I'm not strict about it but am conscious of what I eat and try to keep it between 70-100g per day.

Where did you buy your watch from and what model is it?
My 'heart rate monitor' watch is the 'POLAR FT7' and I purchased it from amazon. I'm sure you will find other places to buy it if you google it. The watch comes with a chest strap which monitors the heart rate and gives me an accurate reading of the calories I have burned according to the details I input on initial setup. The gender, age, height & weight is easy to adjust at anytime, it also gives me a reading on how much of my workout was 'fat burning' and my average and highest heart rate.

I would definitely recommend it as it's been a huge source of motivation to see how much I am actually burning. I am not an expert on all Polar watches so your best bet will be to google what suits you.

Are protein shakes good for weight loss?
No. A protein shake is a supplement and not a 'magic drink'. I use 'Syntha6' protein powder which I mix with water and generally the 'chocolate milkshake' flavour as it's high in protein but low in carbs and sugar. It also tastes the best and I actually enjoy drinking it. I have tried a few thanks to my husband as he's probably tried everything under the sun as he does body building. I am also not an expert on protein shakes, however I can tell you that protein is essential particularly after a workout to ensure you build and repair muscle. The aim is more muscle less fat. And just incase you were wondering I want to tone up and have some definition in my abs, not too much but enough to know there is no fat down there.

How often do you drink a protein shake and where's your protein shaker from?
Generally after each workout if I'm not going to eat a protein packed meal straight after. The protein shake is by 'smart shake' and I got mine from amazon.

How often do you workout?
I don't have a set routine as I have Esra to look after but go to the gym whenever my husband or mum can look after her which is generally 2-3 times a week, but sometimes I go more and sometimes only once a week. However, I have some workout DVD's that I do at home if I need to.

What do you do at the gym?
I generally do cardio, sometimes I do steady running to improve my fitness and sometimes I do intense interval training with 1min30sec walking and 30sec sprinting so fast you can't see my feet move. I also do speed walking on an incline, love the different types of cross trainer, and hop on and off machines if I get bored but I always break a sweat. I can't stand it when I see people at the gym leaving looking like how they came it. As they say "if you still look pretty at the end of a workout, you didn't train hard enough" and that's so true, because I always leave looking like a wreck LOL. I also work my legs doing the leg extender, leg press and adductor. I'm also experimenting with a few machines for my arms, I do squats once in a while but trying to figure out a short routine I can do everyday or every other day with dumbbells which I will share once I figure out what works for me.

Where did you get your trainers from?
I got my trainers last year from a website called 'pro running direct' but they are sold out everywhere but I am told you can get a similar one custom made on Nike's website.

I want to finish off by saying I am not a nutritionist but am a lot more educated about the food and types of food that I eat. I am not perfect and not every meal is amazing and of high nutritional value but I do what I gotta do to keep the day rolling. I also, don't drink any alcohol whatsoever and am a non smoker. Also, I am not perfect and have a cheat meal and cheat dessert once a week. I didn't when I initially started but am not too hard on myself now as I am closer to my goal weight. I also plan on doing a 'getting started' on clean eating post with a recommended shopping list and tips and advice to beat those sweet cravings.

Good luck if you decide to love your body and start eating clean too! 
Any questions just ask below and I will answer them in my next fitspo post. xx


Shireen said…
Hey Dear :) you are a true inspiration to me and I have started my own blog because you inspired me to :) and on my own journey to weight loss on a healthy and clean eating lifestyle I too have lost some weight and I am taking it slowly , I must say I now love the way I eat , a lot of my friends and family have commented how I feel and look good so thank you dear :)
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Muhsine Emin said…
@Shireen Thank you so much sweetie, I'm so glad I inspired you to start eating healthier, I also love how I feel now and can never imagine going back to old habits. I know that this kind of weightloss is slow, but it's permanent. if it happened fast it's only temporary. and I will certainly check out your blog. xxx
petagirl said…
You have inspired me to start eating healthy too! I used to but marriage has changed my eating habits for the worst :( Do you know of a bar like the naked bars available in the US? I can't seem to find them. Thanks :)
Muhsine Emin said…
@petagirl I believe you have 'Larabars' in the US which is practically the same thing, they are also easy to make at home but it's so much more convenient when it's ready made.. hmmm.
Patricia said…
thanks for this, you are amazing! i've also lost most of my xmas weight since i started exercising and eating better this spring :) it does work! i never count calories either, it's depressing!
Patricia said…
thanks for this, you are amazing! i've also lost most of my xmas weight since i started exercising and eating better this spring :) it does work! i never count calories either, it's depressing!
Muhsine Emin said…
@Patricia that's amazing, and thank you :) xxx
mumofsix said…
I am so glad I stumbled across you on IG! Inspirational is such a buzzword but totally sums up how I feel about you and your IG feed. I can't thank you enough. I'm off to boil an egg! Xx
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Feda said…
Thanks for sharing your story. My husband is getting into body building and eating healthy and he doesn't force any of it onto me but I'm starting to notice my not so healthy habits with eating and lack of exercise. This is definitely inspiring to see you pursue a healthier way of life!
Muhsine Emin said…
@mumofsix & @Feda thank you, definitely feeling much better :)
I feel like I have such a long way to go to get back into clean eating...I'll do 2 or 3 healthy meals and then get tired and eat something unhealthy instead...but I love following your IG because I keep getting healthy ideas and I hope sooner or later I'll eat clean ALL or MOST of the time - fingers crossed!
LillianZahra said…
You're looking amazing! I've really enjoyed following your instagram account, it's definitely given me some good meal ideas and its great to see that you don't count calories and still have treat foods sometimes. x
Valérie said…
Oh my God this is like a gift sent from heaven! I've been eating clean and working out for more than three weeks now, and I'm going from 63kg to 56kg :) I weight 59kg at the moment! YOU LOOK AMAZING!! Great post!

Stephiemcd said…
Im trying really hard to lose some weight at the moment and this post has some of the best advise I've seen! I always thought proteins should be left to the boys, but I might have to invest in some to see how it affects my workout. Can I ask where you get your gym leggings? I have a pair but they are forever failing down and it is driving me insane haha

Steph xx
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Unknown said…
That was very interesting Muhsine, thanks for sharing with us.
I eat pretty healthy but I must say that you inspire me to do even better! Your pics on Insta are very helpful and inspirational when I don't know what to prepare!
I can't wait to read your next post on how to start!
You look gorgeous, well done on your journey so far!
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This is really helpful and inspirational. Thank you so much :)

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LilyRibbons said…
Im so glad you did this post! Summed up most of the things i wanted to ask! I have been eating healthy and gymming/swimming almost every day but seeing no results, though i do generally feel defo sticking to it and certain ill see results soon! (Or hoping others will). Your insta is FAB! I love seeing your ideas, a shopping list is a great idea, id absolutely nake use of it- especially knowing where to buy a lot of the natural equivilent foods you eat.. Do you find that your weekly shop has gone up or down since eating clean? I always find healthier food more expensive.
Thanks Muhsine xx
Anonymous said…
You look fab! I have noticed some of the egg white comments and just wanted to say you should stick to what works for you! My idea of clean eating is a bit different than what I see on your instagram but I still pull inspiration from you just because what you are doing is clearly working for YOU and you have a great attitude, and that is what matters. No one can 100% copy anothers way and have the same results as we are all unique beings, but we can all def be inspired by each others positive spirit and dedication. It's just silly to criticize each other. Good for you girl! xo
Unknown said…
Well done, you look gorgeous and healthy. I love that you have shared your journey and you've done it in such a healthy way, and most of all with no dreaded calorie counting!
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Thank you for being such an inspiration!! Which workout DVD's do you use? x
Ann said…
Muhsine-I notice there isn't really much dairy on your diet such as cheese or yogurt. Are you trying to avoid it for a particular reason? You look great btw!
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Supergirl said…
I am so happy for you, you look amazing now!
I have to agree with many comments here, that you are really inspiring person! You have inspired to come back to crochet - after 20 years!!:) You can see my first project in my last post if you like:)
I became mom on February, my weight is almost back to normal,just I am not very happy with my belly. I am trying to exercise at home, as 9 haven't got family here and haven't got where to leave my baby as my husband is working harsh hours now.. Maybe you could make a post about exercise at home? you have mentioned that sometimes you do that:) maybe you have some good tips:)
Thanks for sharing a part of your life with us:)
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emily said…
You look amazing Muhisne! This is so inspiring... and I've been wanting to start eating clean and getting into a very healthy and fit lifestyle for awhile I'm so glad I've found your blog and Instagram :) It is great motivation and ideas for meals/snacks!! I think this kind of lifestyle not only helps you lose weight, but also helps you just feel better! Not to mention the positive effects for your skin and hair :)
Anonymous said…
Muhsine please do a getting started on clean eating list! Thanks! and Bravo! xx
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M + K said…
congrats hun! you're such an inspiration :)
Unknown said…
Congrats on loosing all that weight! You look great! Makes me want to eat clean, just need to watch that until after the baby is born... then I will be a mommy on a mission! haha This post has been very motivational, thank you!

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Unknown said…
lol, I eat a lot of eggs as well. Since changing the way I eat, I feel ten times better. I train about four times a week and although progress is slow the point is to keep at it and push.

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No matter how much you weigh, you look awesome. Keep on with your work out because the results are amazing and it's nice to have a healthy lifestyle. You're a true inspiration!
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Trudy Danso said…
This is such a great post. Im 65 kg now but i need to be 63 to be "on weight" again but i find it so hard to make the "perfect meals"
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Anonymous said…
Hi, I loved your post and just like others, I feel inspired too eating healthy and working out. I got a question for you, is there any specific exercise you do for abdomen or you are just lucky to have flat tummy?
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