FEEL FULL, EAT LESS, LOOK SEXY
Sometimes the greatest balancing act in life is between eating the right amount of nourishing food to feel satisfied and stuffing your watery mouth with anything desperately trying to relinquish the torture of being hungry.
When the scale has tipped too far and you have spent the past few wintery months divulging in a few too many comfort foods it’s time to have a look at some ways of tipping the scales back in your favour.
Preparing, eating, sharing and divulging in food can be one of the great pleasures in life. We are a very privileged society and the abundance of food can lead to us overdoing it.
So start with a smart breakfast. Eating a healthy, satisfying breakfast will kick start your metabolism for the day ahead and boost your energy levels. That mid-morning munchie meltdown will thankfully be avoided.
Go for protein and vegetables like a frittata. Also, a nice bowl of porridge, preferably steel cut oats makes an excellent breakfast choice. Rolled oats are not the best option, they are overly processed. They are steamed, rolled, steamed again, and toasted. Steel cut oats are simply cut, nothing else. Steel cut oats have a lower Glycaemic Index, so your blood sugar won’t spike after eating them. Top your steel cut oats with some cinnamon, this spice is also magnificent in regulating sugar levels. A perfect way to start the day.
This is something a completely struggle with, I love good food and lots of it! So how do we eat less with the amazing abundance of food out our finger tips?
It starts at the supermarket. You know that old saying “don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry” well it’s completely true. Feeling satisfied when grocery shopping will help you buy better food options, stick to your grocery list and minimise impulse buys based on hunger.
Some other useful tips that are easy to adopt:
- Eat mindfully – Don’t eat while you’re distracted, like watching TV or working at your desk.
- Use a smaller plate – A normal-sized portion looks ample on a slightly smaller plate. Bigger the plate, bigger the meal!
- Don’t skip meals – Skipping needed food during the day even if it’s due to shear lack of time can leave you authentically hungry at night, right around the time you are looking for a glass of wine and you’re ready to eat anything you can find.
A bad hair day can leave you feeling slightly jaded, a bad hair month can lead you down the dangerous path of a drastic haircut, an unwanted fringe or breaking up with your much-loved hairdresser!
A lack of nutrient-rich foods can leave your hair feeling dry, dull and in desperate need of some attention. No need to jump into a fringe, chop those locks or change hairdressers, the best place to start is your plate!
Our hair is made up of two primary ingredients Collagen and Keratin. Hair gets its structure from hardened proteins, this is keratin. We need protein-rich foods in our diets to sport lustrous locks. So what does this look like on our plate?
- Dairy products
- Legumes and
Iron is also an important mineral for hair too little can cause hair loss, so eating a balanced diet including:
- Red meat
- Also, some of the best sources of iron can be found in lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens.
Next is Vitamin C, this will help boost your collagen levels and it’s also a wonderful antioxidant, think:
- Sweet potato
The very important vitamin that doesn’t always get a lot of press is Vitamin A. This vitamin is essential in helping us make sebum. Our sebaceous glands make sebum, which is they oily substances needed to have a healthy scalp and naturally conditioned hair. Isn’t our body amazing?! So go for foods rich in Vitamin A:
- Sweet potato
Oh, then there’s more! Omega 3’s, Vitamin E, Zinc, Selenium and Biotin, all need for healthy hair. Here’re some ideas:
- Oily fish
- Pumpkin seeds
Zinc and Selenium:
- Liver (if you can stomach it)
- Egg yolks
Remember to see the best results you need to eat nutrient rich foods consistently over a period of time, but it’s absolutely worth it, who wouldn’t want consistent lustrous locks and no bad hair days!
Spring breathes new life into the world around us. It’s time to feel the warmth of the sun once again. However, it is so much more than nice weather. It’s a promise of the good life to come. Amazing food, great friends, kids adventures, longer days and fresh air in the house. Let’s spend those spring days feeling full, eating what our bodies need and feeling damn sexy.
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