When it comes to healthy eating, all you need to do is follow a few guidelines. It’s time to forget calorie counting, portion sizes and leaving fats and carbs out of your diet. As a result, look at other ways in which to bring a healthier diet into your life. So, let’s start with your sugar intake.
Cooking on a hob can be a great way in which to create healthy dishes. From a wok burner to help you rustle up fast stir-fries to a griddle for salmon steaks, you can use little or no oil, to enjoy mouthwatering meals, which are beneficial to you, in minutes
It’s incredible just how much sugar can be found in seemingly ‘healthy’ packaged foods. From ready meals to cooked meat slices, you’ll find they hold a lot of refined sugar. Consequently, this will cause your blood sugar levels to soar and increases your insulin levels. This rise in insulin tells your body to hold onto fat. As a result, you could suffer from raised blood pressure and a whole host of ailments.
Eggs provide a fantastic source of protein and they taste good too. Whether you boil, poach or scramble, the humble egg can be used to create a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Instead, we suggest you try to include protein in every meal. For example, meat, eggs and nuts will keep you feeling full for longer and this should help prevent sugar cravings. Keep healthy snacks, from boiled eggs and olives to carrots and houmous, handy too.
It may seem like your soft drink or sweetened fruit juice fills you up but these are packed full with sugar. So maybe it’s time to swap for a freshly squeezed juice or 100% juice with no added sugars. Furthermore, ditch any fizzy drinks for good – with up to 35g of sugar per can, it’s a no-brainer. And while we’re on the subject of the fizzy beverage, there is evidence that even the diet variety can keep you addicted to the taste of sugar.
Combination steam oven cooking is proving popular due to its versatility and the health benefits with steam. So you can cook chicken, fish, vegetables and more without drowning them in butter and oil. This method also helps to retain valuable vitamins and nutrients
With carbs, you’d be forgiven if you feel these should be black-listed from your diet. So, while you should limit white bread, white rice and pasta, keep white potatoes in. After all, they’re such a good source of potassium and vitamin C with almost 4 grams of fibre with the skin on.
Why not whip up a loaf of sourdough bread? Simply follow this recipe.
Make sourdough bread the traditional way through a fermentation process and this makes a good alternative to a standard loaf. This bread type contains beneficial bacteria known as probiotics and it can also lower your insulin response, which makes some nutrients more readily available for digestion.
You may already know if you eat at least five portions of fruit and veg a day, you will benefit from better health. In fact, fitting in those portions of fruit and vegetables might not be as difficult as you think. In addition, all the vitamins, minerals and fibre can help prevent heart disease and other health issues so what are you waiting for? From fruity breakfasts to a hearty stew, choose a variety of differently coloured vegetables. Consequently, you will benefit from the growth of diverse, beneficial gut bacteria and a wider variety of phytonutrients. The latter can help heart health and fight cancer cells, reduces inflammation and reverses brain ageing. Try roasting a whole baking tray of veg drizzled with olive oil and add three servings of vegetables to your lunch and dinner.
Last but by no means least, taking just two days off the booze each week is going to give your liver a good rest! At Caple, we may know how to party but we’re all for allowing your body to start undoing any damage with a 48-hour rest.
Give your body time to recuperate with a couple of days free from alcohol. How about a fruit cocktail instead?
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