Eat for health – Don’t diet!

Why Diet?

So why do we diet? We want to lose weight but why? To feel better about ourselves look better and feel more attractive? Maybe you want a new start, perhaps you’ve had a break up with a partner, or wanting to gain control of something in your life, or just had a baby. There are hundreds of reasons people choose to diet. So what diet do they choose? there are plenty out there, Paleo, Keto, good old calorie counting, soup diet, weight loss tablets, ready brought meals with certain low fat low calorie content. So how do you know what is right for you. The answer is we don’t. Although all of these diets will probably help you to lose weight, they will not help you to maintain healthy life changes. What happens when you’ve reached your goal do you go back to old habits. Nine times out of ten this will be exactly what you do.

So what is the answer?

The answer is actually quite simple, although at first it can seem complex and time-consuming. All you need to do is swap out your packets of food, tins, and ready-made sauces and make your own. Keep your diet fresh, eat fruit, vegetables nuts and seeds. Add in beans and lentils and keep red meat to a minimum. Meat and dairy are personal choices and I’m not saying to cut these out completely but have a read about them and try some alternatives. You can make beautiful cashew and almond milks quite easily and the benefits are huge. Be cautious with red meat it is hard to digest and can clog up our long intestines and breed bacteria. If you do eat meat and poultry go for free-range organic meats. The way the animals are treated isn’t much better but they should be free from hormones and other additives. The same goes for fish, choose organic as our waters are unfortunately contaminated and we will be consuming all sorts of chemicals along with our fish.

The biggest hurdle for me was sauces. I eat a mostly plant based diet but the additives in all sauces and spreads are beyond what I want to fuel my body. Over time, I have found recipes to swap out my jarred mayo for homemade organic cashew mayo. Initially your taste buds will be screaming for the flavour that they have been used to. Stick with it though the rewards far outweigh the small amount of initial adjustment. My taste buds now are amazing, the meals I make are the tastiest I’ve ever had, and my taste buds sing! They leave me satisfied without any discomfort and an ongoing full feeling.

Once you get rid of all the unwanted chemicals and additives from your diet you will find your set point. This is the weight that is right for your body. You will be amazed at the abundance of energy you have and you will feel lighter and younger. Make slow gradual changes but make them last. Always read the back of packet of food and research anything you are unsure of. Most packets of organic nuts and seeds are ok and nothing is added. There are sometimes oils added. Most oils are not good for us as they are over processed so keep them to a minimum and use cold pressed organic coconut or olive oil. Once you’ve made a change don’t go back.

Still Confused?

OK so I will go through how I used to eat and how I’ve made the changes.

Old Me                                                                           

Breakfast

Tea and milk x2

Weetbix and milk

Mid morning

Coffee and milk

Muffin

Lunch

Cheese and tomato toastie dipped in mayo       (bread from supermarket and butter)

Something sweet –   cake/biscuit

Dinner

Pasta/veg/mushrooms

Chicken

Sauce made with flour, butter and milk

Decaff coffee and milk chocolate

New Me

Pre Breakfast

I litre water with 1 freshly squeezed lemon

Breakfast

1 large bowl of fresh fruit

Mid Morning

Turmeric Latte with homemade coconut milk

Medjool Dates

Lunch

Smoothie Bowl (As many organic ingredients as possible)

Frozen bananas, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries.  Maca powder, psyllium husk (1-2 teaspoons) Spirulina (1teaspoon), cacao powder. Mix in a high speed blender until smooth and top with nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, tahini, molasses, goji berries.

Herbal tea throughout the day.

Dinner

Vegetable Curry with homemade coconut milk.

Organic Rice/Organic homemade naan bread.

Homemade lime pickle

Evening

Herbal tea (sometimes organic dark chocolate)

The above is just an example of how changes can be implemented. A smoothie bowl is amazing for digestion and stabilising blood glucose.It doesn’t make you feel uncomfortably full or hungry just full of energy.

I drink a total of around 3 litres of water a day. I start with a freshly squeezed lemon in a glass of water in the morning followed by the litre of water before breakfast. It’s best to drink water between meals or before a meal as it does dilute stomach acid.

It was never my intention to lose weight I just wanted to feel more energised,put fewer chemicals in my body and feel generally better. I have been through a very stressful time, haven’t eaten well at times and needed to find my energy. I had also been suffering with chronic sinusitis for 2 years. I don’t weigh myself so I am unsure if there was any weight loss although I feel lighter and hold less fluid, my clothes are also looser. What I did notice was drastically reduced cellulite on my upper legs. (I’d been rubbing lotions and potions into my thighs for years haha). I now know that everything comes from within. My skin also improved. I have also swapped out all ready-made skin lotions for homemade natural products including deodorant (I will go into detail in another post).

Within a very short time, I noticed a difference. Initially I had cravings but I just kept drinking water and nibbling on nuts and seeds. After a couple of weeks I noticed that the hangry feeling that I used to get before lunch had disappeared. My mood felt more even and my energy was up. My sinusitis faded away and never came back. Oh and my bowels! These had never been sluggish but boy oh boy were they working efficiently now.

Get Moving…..

OK so alongside eating and nourishing your body you need to get moving. Morning is the best time to exercise after your water but before breakfast. If you are working get up early for this. It is honestly worth the effort. So get up drink water (bowels will probably work at this point). Exercise can involve anything, start with 20-30 mins swim, walk, jog, cycle, gym, exercise DVD, but build up a sweat. You need to do this most days and increase the intensity.After exercise try a cold shower. You can run the hot water first for a minute then switch to cold. The benefits of cold exposure are numerous and well worth exploring.

Exercise will wake up your mind and body and increase your energy not to mention the amazing benefits for bones and muscles. Pilates and yoga are great too but combine these with an activity that increases your heartrate. Chemical deodorant needs to go too. You want to rid your body of chemicals so don’t use any deodorant before a workout. The last thing you want to do is block the exit for toxins particularly in an area so close to your breast tissue. Think of the potential damage a build up could do in this area.

So you got the idea?

Eat fresh whole foods and homemade sauces. Ignore cravings these go very quickly. Make small changes but stick to them. Drink a litre of water when you wake up and add in freshly squeezed lemon juice. Get up early and move. Drink a further 2-3 litres of water throughout the day. Use homemade skin products and no chemical deodorants. Take cold showers or a cold dip in the ocean.Remember we are all different. What feels right for one person may not be right for someone else. Stick to the basic rules and you can’t go wrong!

To finish off I have added my cashew mayo recipe below.

Cashew Mayo

1 and a half cups of organic cashews – soaked overnight

Half to one squeezed lemon

Half teaspoon organic Dijon mustard

Half teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Salt

Pepper

Filtered Water around half to 1 cup

Method

Rinse and drain cashews and add to high speed blender with all ingredients except the water. Grind them down and then add the water a little at a time until you reach a consistency that you like. The recipe is easy but can take time to reach a really smooth creamy consistency. Taste and adjust flavours as you go along.

Tip

Add in more lemon, mustard, or apple cider vinegar to suit your taste. Other flavours may be added such as a little maple syrup for a sweeter taste, garlic or smoked paprika.

I would love to hear from and support anyone who wants to make some positive changes. Just l;eave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Have a lovely day.

Deb

The Organic Nut x