Doing the right thing for health is often met with great enthusiasm, but falls over when it comes to practicality. With the best intentions we stock our cupboards with pretty jars of dried beans, our fridges with sauerkraut and kombucha, and vow to eat more raw veggies.
Two weeks later, the beans still look immaculate, the sauerkraut has been well and truly rejected by the family and the veggies look a bit worse for wear.
But we started with good intentions (and it’s the thought that counts right?!).
Doesn’t it feel like eating healthily can take hours of prep? Or cost the earth?
Those fast, last minute meals can’t be healthy (can they?!), but sometimes zero time is all you’ve got.
What you put in to your mouth is what fuels your body and mind. You’re worth the effort.
So here are my top 5 budget-friendly, against-the-clock tips for choosing good food for great health.
I'm all for having quick and easy meals.
In fact, I hate (or at least have to have a good incentive) to cook anything that takes longer than 30 minutes!
After school activities, end-of-week syndrome, whatever ... one pot meals are a great way to a) save time, and b) save washing up duties! Win win!
Let me share one of my favourite one pot meals, with some great low FODMAP swaps.
Alcohol in moderation is ok, we tell our selves. That’s because ‘healthy’ alcohol intake is around 14 - 21 units, the scientists tell us.
Recent research from the UK gives weight to the argument that we can’t have a “one size fits all” approach for healthy drinking / eating. And for some, well, wine o’clock may be safer being a nice cup of tea!
Recently we have been more and more encouraged to stop. Take a moment. Think. About food, what we are doing, what we are thinking. Some people call it “mindfulness” other people call it “being intuitive”. There is a lot said about the origins of “mindfulness” – some associate it with Eastern religions and yogi practises. Really, I think that being mindful is a human trait it is just that over time as our lives become more busy we have lost the focus on what we really need (i.e. being mindful).
Winter officially starts here in New Zealand next month, but it's starting to feel mighty chilly already.
Every year I get asked about the best ways to keep healthy over the colder months.
So, here are my top 5 tips on keeping well this winter - and guess what? Probiotics are right at the top!
One of my top tips for making "healthy" a routine is to plan your meals.
Whether you write a quick list on the fridge, download a planner off the internet or use one of the many meal plans available ... planning MAKES LIFE EASY!
Fat is complex. You see there are lots of different types of fat. And then there are sub-types of fats. And probably sub-sub-types, and sub-sub-sub-types (you get where this is going so I'll stop there!).
What does this mean? Well, it means that not all fats are created equal. What may be true for one type of fat is not true for another.
Not all headaches are created equal. So it's not surprising that different treatments work for different types of headaches.
I don't know about you, but the end of winter my hair is almost as straw-like as at the end of summer. So now we are in Spring, a little bit of hair TLC is called for.
Katrina Pace, Dietitian
Gut bugs fascinate me. Diet and gut bugs intrigue me. Cooking is essential. Add them all together and you get a fairly interesting opinion on life! In my humble opinion.