GOOD health begins with GOOD food
Confused about food? We don’t blame you! With so much conflicting advice and nutrition articles popping up almost daily, it can feel pretty overwhelming in understanding what to actually eat.
Often so called ‘healthy’ food are not healthy at all and the latest diets and weight loss plans are a very quick but short term result which is not maintainable. Clever food marketing are often misleading and only fuel the fire of confusion that impact our food choices.
You are what you eat - ahhh yes, we have all heard this before but let that sink in for a minute. Indeed what we consume, we literally become. Nutrients from the food we eat provide the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of every little cell in our body, from our skin and hair to our bones, muscles, digestive and immune systems. It can even influence our mood. Wow! Now that is incredible!
So what should we actually be eating? GOOD question!
The short answer? It depends.
How much we eat, how often we eat, how many grams of protein, carbohydrates and fats we eat, varies from person to person and really depends on the individuals goals and lifestyle.
How active you are, how much sleep you are getting, your hormones levels, your age, your gender, your genetics, your medical history and so on, are all unique and varied which is why there is no – one size fits all.
The GOOD news? Go back to basics and eat real food just like nature intended.
Things like nuts, seeds, legumes, leafy greens, vegetables, fruit and whole grains are an excellent, and easy way to load up on fibre, vitamins and minerals plus they are generally feel-good foods for satiety, balancing blood sugar, maintaining weight and energy.
Load the shopping trolley up with food that contains a small ingredient list or no ingredient list at all. If you don’t recognise an ingredient or there are numbers included, it is probably best left on the shop shelf.
Eating healthy does not need to be expensive, time consuming or boring – nobody would enjoy that! And if you don’t like broccoli, don’t force yourself to buy it (or waste it because let’s be honest, it will get lost in the fridge veggie drawer only to be found a month later looking rather sad!)
The same goes for listening to your body. If certain food makes you feel bloated or uncomfortable then don’t eat them! And reach for a bottle of Ahi Cider tonic to help ease the digestive system and reduce bloating.
Some of our favourite quick and easy meals we regularly enjoy:
- Chickpea coconut curry on brown rice
- Mexican bean and salad wraps
- Vegetable and tofu stir-fry with a sesame sauce
- Falafel burgers with crunchy slaw and homemade chips
- Lentil and roast pumpkin mixed green salad (Our ahi cider mixed with a couple of glugs of extra virgin olive oil make for a quick and tasty salad dressing!)
- Almond butter on sourdough bread
- Porridge with mixed nuts and seeds and sliced banana
- Hummus on brown rice cakes and sliced tomatoes
- Coconut creamed mushroom pasta
- Roast vegetables, crispy green salad and lots of avocado
- Smoothie (banana, spinach, ice, coconut milk/coconut yogurt, teaspoon of peanut butter and water)
Focus on what you 'can have' rather than what 'you can’t' or 'shouldn’t have' to stop those ‘I’m missing out’ feelings.
With the abundance of fresh food readily available at our finger tips, we can all benefit from incorporating more plant-based whole foods which are nutrient packed powerhouses that keep our immunity strong and gut healthy!
I am a firm believer that food is an incredible source of nourishment for our bodies and the foundation for good health really does begin with what’s on our plate.
So what are you going to eat next? I hope it’s a goodie!
In GOOD health,