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The 12 challenges of 2014

New blog is live at http://twelvechallengesof2014.wordpress.com

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Thank you all for having followed Eating Well In 2013!

Lots of love

Alix

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New Resolutions, New Blog

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Thank you all for having followed my blog in 2013. It’s been a pleasure to share my experiments with you, learn about you, about me, about food.

There will be a new blog coming soon about my resolutions for 2014. As I mentioned before I’ve decided to carry on with my current healthy lifestyle but I need a new challenge. In fact I have decided to create 12 new challenges this year, one for each month. In January I will aim to eat at least 5 fruits or vegetables a day, every day, for one month. How hard can it be??

Let’s find out! I already know that it is very easy to not eat any fruit or vegetable at all, so let’s see how easy / hard the opposite is.

See you soon for the answer!

Oh and the address to the new blog is: twelvechallengesof2014.wordpress.com

Eating Well In 2013 turns 1

I can’t believe it has been a year since I started writing this blog.

2013 will be over soon and with it the longest lasting New Years resolutions ever! Yes! I made it! Twelve months later I’m still following my resolutions!

In January I decided to change part of my diet to become a healthier version of me, more precisely, that meant eating fewer carbohydrates, especially the refined ones (white bread, pasta, biscuits, sugar) and more vegetables. So, I’ve got two things to say about it:


1) Having written about my New Year’s resolutions and documented my journey on here made it very official. It helped me not to forget as the months went on and helped me stay focused.

 


2) Being focused and serious about it, I started to shop and cook differently. Gradually, this new eating plan became a habit.

I have had to try out all sorts of recipes; some didn’t turn out well, but some I still cook regularly. My taste buds have evolved, I have discovered new flavours and am now more open-minded when it comes to food. It also developed my creativity because you need to get creative when designing healthy recipes that you will love, or when adjusting old favourites to healthier versions. I learned how to bake with less sugar and managed to get my family involved in healthy cooking too, so that was fun!


In summer I started eating salads for breakfast, rather unorthodox I know, but a good way to get your five-a-day in! I also try to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables now, because if they are in season, chances are they are also locally produced, therefore, they should be fresher and contain more vitamins. Need I say it is rather eco-friendly and helps local producers?

 

Anyway, as a result, I feel better, lighter and I have more energy throughout the day. I don’t need to eat much but the better quality food keeps me fuller for longer. When I eat carbohydrates, I chose wholegrain, and have small quantities. Having all this energy motivated me to exercise more. I can honestly and happily say that this new lifestyle has improved my overall wellbeing.

 

There have been times, of course, when I felt like I had other things on my mind and eating healthy became the least of my preoccupations. But these times were temporary and didn’t last long. No one is perfect, but I never forgot about my resolutions because 2013 deep down was just the start of an adventure that will last much longer I hope.

 I’m already thinking about my resolutions for 2014. It will be along these lines: “keep up the healthier lifestyle and add one new challenge” (I haven’t decided what yet).

I believe that doing things one at a time will bring greater success. This way if I add one challenge each year, it will be a slow but steady progress towards a life lasting healthy me. One challenge per year gives me time to actually think about it: why I chose this challenge in particular, why it is important to me, and what this achievement will mean to me.

Stay tuned for the New Year’s resolutions 2014  to come soon!

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Everybody’s Talking About Juicing. What are the benefits?

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Hi guys!

Want to know everything there is to know about juicing?? I have the right person for you:

@nge the beauty builder

Since I don’t know any more than anyone about the new trend, I asked a friend of mine to tell us all about it. Ange is a health coach who gives nutrition and lifestyle advice. She created GOSH food. Here is what she says about juicing:

 

Ange, can you tell me what is juicing?

“Juicing is a process by which your juicer will extract the juice from vegetables and fruits (yes, you can juice vegetables).The water and nutrients are extracted and the fibres discarded, hence it is supposed to accelerate the absorption and get those nutrients quicker to your bloodstream.

That is why juicing fruits only is not that beneficial as you end up getting pure fructose i.e. sugar only.”

 

What are the benefits of juicing as opposed to blending (smoothie)?

“I mainly juice raw vegetables. So if you find difficult to digest raw vegetables, juicing will help you to get them down smoothly as all the tough fibres will be removed from the juicing process – For instance if my tummy doesn’t feel right and I have difficulties to digest I will drink vegetable juice till I feel better (I find celery good for tummy aches) – Hence having a smoothie will make you feel fuller for longer (versus a juice) because it will keep everything in your drink.

In any case, do what suits you and what meets your preferences. I personally alternate between both.

Obviously there are things I do not really juice like fruits (to avoid a sugar rush) at the exception of apples and lemon. Avocado and banana are also difficult to juice.

There are vegetables that are hard to blend such as carrots, beetroots, fennel, and broccoli. In that case it is preferable to juice them or to blend them cooked (steamed).

Ideally you would juice your veggies and then blend fruits in the vegetable juice.

 There are many options, I juice carrots and celery to cook them in my soups; I use my blender to bake GOSH food cakes or make GOSH food ice treats.

 Whether you juice or blend if your intake is mainly made of vegetables it should give you this healthy boost as well as a detox effect for those who are using juices & smoothies as detoxifiers.

 Important note:

·       When buying take-away, go for freshly made juices or smoothies or check the ingredients list. Most of them are fruits only and will have high sugar content. If you fancy some fruits, have them whole.

·       There is no single formula that fits us all and juicing in certain instances cannot be appropriate. You should always try, experiment and observe when it comes to food; then you can adjust your diet according to you and how you react to it. My Daughter has got a cold stomach and does not stand raw vegetables juices very well (especially in winter) she needs warming foods. It happens that something wonderfully works for you and you want others to do the same but what works for you can happen not to work for others. And this is what GOSH food is all about: finding what works for you and your family.

·       Juice only diet: I am not a big fan of single formula diets so I won’t drink juices only to feed myself or my family. You will notice that many lost weight adopting this trend though. So before going down that route you need to consider whether their weight loss lasted, whether they were not missing any nutrients and were in good health. You need also to be aware that such diets involve more vegetable juices than fruits juices. If the consequence is an increase in cravings and irritability it might not be a good choice for you.”

 

Have you tried different juicers and which one is best?

I tried different juicers and as a GOSH fooder I finally switch to the cold press ones. I bought this year the Omega VRT juicer.

My advice is to buy what you can afford. Of course I juice every day (more in summer though) so it was natural for me to invest in a cold press juicer.”

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What is your favourite juice?

 “You will notice that once you start juicing your tastes will evolve. You will need a lot of fruits to begin with and then you will appreciate the vegetable juice more and more.

I like to start the day with a green juice and I would like to share with you my mega-booster that is made of Fennel, Ginger and Apple. Simple and efficient. Most of the time I will juice what I have in the fridge and I won’t be fussy about getting this green instead of another one.

I also like the following mix: Kale, broccolis, Pak Choi, lemon, ginger and 1 apple (juiced or blended).

I blend it with a banana or strawberries for my son.

 

Hope this help. You can always drop me an email if you wish to learn more about Healthy Living.”

 

Thanks @nge!

Now I know all about juicing, I feel like getting a juicer so I can eat more raw vegetables and get loads of vitamins!

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Healthy, tasty dinner for lazy people

Hello you! Yes, you, the one who does not wish to spend more than 10 minutes in the kitchen. I have a recipe for you today!

Baked salmon fillet and stir-fried green vegetables

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Ingredients:

  • 1 salmon fillet
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • green peas
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.

2. Season the salmon with pepper and wrap in aluminium foil. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

3. Put olive oil in a frying pan, add the broccoli and peas. Cook for 5 minutes then add the spinach. Salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve

I like to make this recipe because it’s easy and quick. It doesn’t require any cooking skills and above all it is very nutritious!

  1. Salmon is loaded in Omega 3 fatty acids, good for heart health.
  2. Spinach is rich in folate, known for its mood enhancer.
  3. Broccoli has vitamins A, C and E. A and E are fat soluble vitamins, therefore, good to eat with oily fish. Vit E and vit C are antioxidants, which are good for fighting free radicals.
  4. Peas provide slow-release carbohydrate, protein and contain vit A and E as well as other good stuff (magnesium, potassium, zinc, etc.).

Definitely this week’s winner dinner!