The days leading up to Christmas are full of food temptations and it's easy to eat more junk than usual only because “Tis the season”… but we all know that's a lame excuse and come January you'll regret it!
So here are a few tips to limit the damage and to help you stay on track in the days ahead!
Junk foods contain ingredients like refined sugar, artificial flavourings, thickeners and a mixture of salt, sugar & trans fats that make us addicted to them.
Not only does this make you more likely to stuff your face with them, but they are also likely to cause inflammation & bloating!
Most people know these foods cause serious health issues, but can’t quit their addiction. That's because the foods have been designed to get us hooked!
Don’t be fooled by clever marketing phrases like “all natural”, "gluten free" or “100% healthy” – there’s a lot of leeway in these claims.
The goal is to get consumers to purchase the food, not to improve their health or prevent weight gain.
You’re too smart to fall for this hoax.
Donate to those in need or toss the foods you know contain junky ingredients.
My clients often ask, “How do I know which foods are junk?”
Here are a few quick terms that raise red flags in the ingredients list:
The more you stay committed to whole foods that don't have a list of ingredients, the more your health benefits, the more you'll WANT to eat healthy and the less you'll be tempted to eat any junk.
Beat The Bloat is a 21 day challenge starting on January 3rd with daily workouts, lifestyle hacks and recipes based on the principles above.
If you're eager to get rid of bloating and get into your best shape in a way that is enjoyable, easy to follow and that you can sustain for the whole year, this program is for you!
In the meantime, try one of my recipes below :)
SALMON & GOAT CHEESE COURGETTI
3-4 slices of smoked salmon
Half a cup of fresh goat cheese
1 cup of green peas (frozen or from a can is ok if rinsed)
1 teaspoon of dill (to decorate)
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Wash the courgettes and cut them in thin slices or put them through a spiralizer.
2. Cut the leek and stir-fry it in some olive oil on medium heat
3. Juice the lemon and blend the juice with the avocado, the goat cheese, 1 tsp of olive oil, salt & pepper in a blender.
4. Heat some olive oil on low temperature in a pan and gently fry the sliced courgette/zucchini with some salt and pepper until it starts to soften.
5. Mix the avocado & goat cheese mixture into the courgetti, add the salmon, the peas and the leek and gently mix it together on low heat.
6. Serve with the dill on top & enjoy!
BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST PUDDING
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of flax seeds
2 tablespoons of oats
1/3 cup of blueberries (frozen is ok)
Hazelnut/oat or almond milk (check label for no added sugar)
A dash of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of almond or peanut butter
1. Mix the seeds & oats together
2. Put one layer of seed & oat mix in the bottom of a jar
3. Add a layer of berries then a layer of the seeds & oats alternating until you fill the cup
4. Add enough milk so all the seeds are wet and mix. It's important that all the seeds are submerged in liquid so add extra milk if required.
5. Put the date, the almond butter, 2 tablespoons of milk & a dash of cinnamon in a blender
6. Pour the mixture on top and set aside for at least 2 hours for everything to soak
7. Take with you to work or enjoy at home!
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