So you have decided it’s time to clean up your lifestyle … step one done, you have made a great decision towards a happier healthier you but now what?
Eat Fit Food’s Founder Bianca Monley shares her top tips to get you started.
Let’s start with your food by giving your kitchen a complete overhaul and clean out all the crap that’s easily accessible when you are having a weak moment with food choices.
Discard any food items with numbers on the packaging. This is a good indication of additives, preservatives and nasties our bodies can do without.
Plan to eat clean
Failing to plan will only result in bad choices with limited time and options available to you. Here are some suggestions to help with planning your meals.
Try natural muesli with biodynamic yoghurt and fresh berries, scrambled or poached eggs with gluten free or grain bread from your local bakery. Add fresh tomato, avocado as a side. Tomato and Avocado on toast with fresh basil & olive oil is also a fantastic choice.
Eat winter soups. Avoid cream based and those served with white bread and butter. Soups can be made up in big batches on the weekend and frozen in containers to eat when you are too busy to cook.
Salads. Prepare at home and take with you to work. Include low GI carbs such as sweet potato, nuts and seeds for additional texture and add tuna, chicken, leg ham or even silken tofu for extra nutritional value.
Brown rice sushi rolls are a fantastic takeaway option. Your local health food store is your best option as they are generally low in sugars.
Choose something easy and quick with no more preparation time than 15 – 30 minutes. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Burritos or Lettuce cups – Choose your meat either chicken, beef, lamb or tuna. Take a minute to season and cook on the stove top. Serve on a big platter with lots of lettuce cups, whole meal wraps, avocado, tomato, red onion and fresh basil salsa, a little biodynamic cheese. Everyone can assemble them selves and choose to have a lighter carb free option.
BBQ fish, chicken, steak, lamb or pork fillet and serve with steamed vegetables or a salad.
Chop up some vegetable sticks and serve with a dip such as hummus or avocado (homemade if possible). Raw almonds, pumpkin and pepita seeds are a great snack, for extra flavor coat in tamari and toss in a pan until lightly toasted, approx. 1-2 minutes. If you are having that sweet craving opt for a piece of fruit. Avoid cakes, chocolates and those temptations circulating the office at 3pm. They will only make your energy peak and then crash and burn shortly after.
Supermarkets are best for household items, not so great for food shopping. Find a local farmers markets or good quality wholefoods store in your area and stock up on good quality preservative free food products. Opt for high nutritious whole (unprocessed) foods which are inherently nutrient dense, fibre-rich and low in salt. Wholefoods are more satiating. Making you feel fuller for longer.
Choose an array of colors with fresh fruit and vegetables, local meats and fish, and nuts and seeds to snack on.
In addition to a healthy diet don’t forget to drink at least 8 large glasses of water daily, make time to exercise, sleep and soak up some sunshine!