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Are you a creature of food habit?

Do you make the same meals all the time?

A few (well more than a few when I think about it. I was 18 at the time!!) My, then, mother-in-law always had a roast on a Sunday, cold meat on a Monday, sausages on a Tuesday…etc etc

They were creatures of habit!!

So I’m not saying that’s what many of us do now,
….but think about how many meals you have in your usually repertoire?

A couple of regular meals for me are:

  • roasted vegetables with either feta cheese or sliced veggie sausages;
  • mixed bean and tuna salad; and
  • omelette piled with whatever veg is in the fridge.

They are my stable meals.

What are yours? …and why? (My why is – they are very quick and easy to make!)

So why should we be eating different foods and not sticking to the same things all the time?

Eating a variety of foods makes it easier to get a balanced diet.

As you are probably aware, different foods contain different nutrients and in differing quantities, so when you eat a variety of foods you’re more likely to get all the essential nutrients you need every day.

Are you ready to challenge yourself?

Let’s get a bit more adventurous.

Next time you’re shopping have a slow look at the fresh vegetables.

See all the different colours?

The compounds that give fruits and vegetables their colour also contain beneficial antioxidants that may have health benefits.

So if you eat lots of different colours, you’ll get lots of various antioxidants.

While your browsing the colours and varieties of veg, pick something you don’t often use.

You may want to be even more adventurous and choose something which is totally new to you.

 

I would love you to join in the challenge and try a new (or not so new but not often eaten) veg and send it to me. Or why not post it on FACEBOOK

So in summary…

eat a variety of foods,

mix up your colours

…and it will help you stay away from food intolerance

and FEED YOUR CELLS

giving you a lovely healthy body.

 

Can you have too much of a good thing?

Did you know that by eating too much of one food you may develop an intolerance to it.

Intolerance is different to allergy.

  • A food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. It can cause a range of symptoms.
  • A food intolerance has symptoms which are less serious and often limited to digestive problems.
    An example of this is:

Eating toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, bread with dinner, maybe reaching for the bread for snacks during the day as well.

Too much bread!

Gluten can be the problem here. Too much and the body rebels! Gluten can be a problem for many even with small amounts – everyone’s body reacts differently.

Maybe that’s not such a good example, so here is a another example:

Eating natural yoghurt in large amounts;

I had it for breakfast with oats and dried fruit.

I had it for a snack with nuts and seeds,

I dolloped a spoonful on top of porridge or chilli beans…

In fact I had it a lot!

I loved the creamy freshness of it and of course it was a natural product, full of healthy bacteria so what could be the problem?

I developed stomach issues. Boating and pain.

Once I’d worked out what was causing it I removed yoghurt completely from my diet and my stomach issues went away.

About 6 months later I could eat yoghurt again without getting stomach problems…but I remembered.

You can have too much of a good thing!

Variety is the key to getting a full quota of nutrients into your diet and also to avoiding intolerance to foods.

If you suffer with bloating, stomach cramps, wind, constipation etc and need some help, get in touch with Penny who can help you to identify possible causes.

Email her at: info.penvita@gmail.com

 

Drink your greens

WHAT’S IN LEAN GREENS?

Lean Greens is a superfood powder which dilutes in water in order to create a neutral flavoured greens drink cocktail absolutely brimming with the following uber-nutritious ingredients:

• Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, Alfalfa, Spirulina and Chlorella – otherwise known as the fantastic five when it comes to grasses & algae, which combine to create an alkaline blend to flush your body of toxins.

• Broccoli, Spinach and Carrot – three superfood vegetables, chosen for their dense nutritional value, to provide your body with a kick of minerals, from A to D, and everything in-between (…namely B and C), in addition to healthy doses of iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium!

• A bountiful blend of blueberries & blackcurrants (try saying that after a drink, and we don’t mean of Lean Greens!), widely regarded as some of the healthiest fruits to add to your diet.

• Not four, not five, but six digestive enzymes, all of which contribute to the healthy running of your gut, and in turn help to reduce that uncomfortable bloated feeling.

• And last but by no means least, the metabolism-igniting, energy powerhouses that are Siberian Ginseng and Green Tea, you know, for that extra bit of gusto!

 

Here is the link to take you to the Lean Greens web page.

They offer other high quality nutrition products as well so you may want to have a look at them also.

It’s outta the house!

If you’re anything like me, if chocolate is opened or mince pies sitting in the cupboard I’ll eat them. I hate throwing food away – so I have another plan…read on

I find this pull towards food worse when I’m studying (and I’m doing a lot of that). Whether it’s because I’m not in ‘the flow’  – you know when time just goes without realising it – or my brain is working overtime so needs more fuel! (Of course it must the latter!!!)

Anyway, i’m getting away from the subject…

So if you’re being pulled towards the Xmas left overs… get them outta the house!

This year I hosted my family Christmas and worried they would starve (like we do!) I filled the kitchen, any spare space (including using the outdoor shed as a fridge for drinks), with goodies. 

As my family gradually left I filled their bags with food. No space in the car they cried… I’ll find some, I replied!

The final bag full went today.

So my advice to you is do the same… if you know you’ll be helped by it… give it away or hide it wrapped, underneath, high up so it’s a real inconvenience to get at.

We can make it easier for ourselves to get back to eating in moderation again.

 

If you would like to join the coaching programme to help you breaking those bad habits and making new ones then email info@getfit2.co.uk and get these sort of results…

Play… Eat… Nourish

Do you eat the same foods all the time?

Do you always cook foods the same way?

 

I remember my mother-in-law making the same meals every week. Sunday was a traditional roast. Monday was the left-over meat from Sunday, cold with mash and pickles. Friday was always fish, and there was a sausage day in there somewhere as well. I always found this funny, as did my 2 daughters!

My mother in law was quite a bit older than my mother and it just goes to show how things change over the years. We have so many different foods available to us now.

We need many different nutrients to nourish our body and eating a varied diet will definitely help with this.

But it is easy to stick to the same foods and recipes all the time.

Play/experiment with you food.

By preparing food differently you may find that you are eating foods that you thought you didn’t even like.

Red and yellow peppers taste totally different when eaten raw to when eaten cooked.

Try cooking peppers in the oven on a baking tray with other veg. Serve up with some feta cheese and a drizzle of garlic infused olive oil. Ummmm.

…and when raw, slice up and dip in houmas or add to a salad.

I find cauliflower an uninteresting taste when steamed (unless it’s covered in cheese and baked). But have you tried eating that raw?

How about grated and stir fried with other veg? It looks (and can be mistaken for) special fried rice…honestly…I made it for my brother and he didn’t know the difference.SAMSUNG

 

If you usually break it up into florets, try slicing the whole cauli instead and adding it to an omelette with tomatoes and some cooked chicken or ham. Gives it a totally different taste.

Do you like mash potato? Have you ever thought about mashing other root veg? Swede I expect? From school? Now remove the thought of school dinners from your head and think instead about posh mash.

Celeriac and potatoes with a spoonful of wholegrain mustard; lovely: 0)

Or add carrots to your potatoes to give an interesting colour combination, flavour and also a way to get more veg into your diet.

Houmous can be made with other beans, not just chick peas. Try mashing down butter beans or cannellini and experimenting with different herbs and spices.

 What about

  • Veg you usually cook…try it raw. Courgettes are so much nicer raw! I use them instead of cucumber in a salad

 

  • Cooling cooked foods before you eat them – I have only started eating fish in the last year (to increase my protein intake and Omega 3 fatty acids). I thought I didn’t like salmon, but it tasted differently after I had cooked it and left it to go cold.

 

  • Add veg in with the meat of your bolognaise, lasagne, shepherd/cottage pie meat. Grating carrots, adding tinned legumes, diced veg can be easily added to bulk out the meat and it’s also a great way of getting the children to eat more veg as well – most of the time they won’t even notice you’ve sneaked some veg in there!

 

Lots of interesting replacements you can make with lots of different foods, recipes and meal. But I shall leave it there and let you experiment. Let me know what you come up with :0) I would love to hear what you have done differently, let me know on my facebook page

Penny x

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