Saturday, 24 March 2012

The art of healthy eating

I found this quote by La Rochefoucauld and couldn’t help but share it.

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art” 

The reason most of us struggle with the concept of healthy eating is because we haven’t learned the art of eating. We all assume that it’s about chewing on carrot, celery and living off boiled food. That is far from the truth. You can still eat your favourite food, the trick is watching your portion sizes. 

Think about it this way, when you get told that you shouldn’t eat starch and chocolate it suddenly becomes all you think about. Maybe you can stay away from it for a certain period but you will eventually “cheat” and when you do, it will be as if you’ve never eaten it your entire life. It will lead to a relapse. 

So instead of the whole chocolate slab have 3 or 4 blocks. Have that mash but just a spoon as opposed tom filling half the plate with it. Before you know it, you will soon adjust to the portion sizes and reap the benefits of healthy eating while enjoying the food you love. 

For those of us who love celery sticks and carrots let’s keep enjoying them.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Emotional eating

We all know how unpredictable life can be. Every once in a while it throws curve balls at us. Some people are better at dealing with these than others. One of the easy and quick ways in which people deal with life’s challenges is through emotional eating. Some of life’s challenges may drive even the healthiest eaters to food for comfort. 
Let’s face it, we can’t always be in touch with our emotions like the dieticians tell us to be. 
The reason some of us own umbrellas is to ensure that we can deal with rainy seasons when they come because we know they will come. Why not take the same approach with emotional eating?
As a self confessed healthy lifestyle advocateJ, I’ve found the best way to deal with life’s challenges and keeping the negative effects of emotional eating at bay is by simply stocking on healthy food and snacks in your home. This will help you when the urge to over indulge due to emotional eating attacks. There will only be healthy food to eat.
I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t mind over indulging on low calorie snacks and fruit when those moments attack. It may seem like a crazy idea but it works. You will get to take care of the need to munch while stressing but the beauty of it is that you won’t wake up with the guilt that comes with over indulging on cake and chocolate. 
Someone please pass me a celery stick! I’ll pass on the chocolate slab thank you very much! Lol!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Let’s keep the indulgence moderate this weekend

The weekend is upon us! Whoop whoop!
As we all know, things can sometimes get out of hand over weekends because weekends for most of us belong to us. This is when we can do things that make our hearts sing.  This weekend in particular is packed with a lot to do particularly in Jo’Burg.  We’ve got the Usher concert tomorrow and the Mercedes Benz Jo’Burg fashion week for the rest of the weekend.
Let’s not forget to watch what we eat and drink while we enjoying the festivities of the weekend wherever we are. This includes consumption of alcohol. Remember that sometimes alcohol comes with a lot of snacking in between and in most cases it’s not healthy snacking. Let’s keep it all in moderation so that we don’t start the week with an unnecessary extra kilogram or an unwanted hangover.
Have an awesome weekend friends!  

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Building a healthy relationship with food

Food is good for us. It provides us with the nutrition that our bodies need to function. However, not all food is good for us. Certain foods may harm our bodies and give us the opposite result. As such it is important for us to build a good relationship with food by making the right food choices. 

Sometimes getting onto the road to healthy eating and staying on it may be difficult especially when all you’ve done is to consume unhealthy food.
Once you’ve made the decision to eat healthy, get your mind ready for complete transformation and a new you. 

The biggest tip I can offer is to plan your meals at least a day before or in the morning. When you know what you will be eating each day, you reduce chances of eating from the greasy spoon because your meals and snack are planned and that leaves very little room for error.

The more you plan the better you will get at eating healthy. Before you know it, it will be a part of your life... it will become a lifestyle.

So make that choice today, plan your meals and make food your friend.