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Eating healthy and loving it!

HEALTHY CAN BE TASTY TOO

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Eating healthy can be so much fun and tasty too, you just need to be a little bit more intentional about your food choices. So with the help of Woolworths SA I'll share a few tips on how to make a few healthier food choices but first let me share a little bit about my healthy lifestyle change.

Let's have a little bit of real talk here Ladies. Making a lifestyle change is hard, really, really hard. It's definitely not for sissies. Believe me it takes dedication, determination, diligence and discipline to stick it out until it becomes a way of life. The one nugget of wisdom I can share with you is that comparing yourself to anyone else will be a huge mistake. I've learned that the best person I can and should measure myself to is ME. Yes it's good to have role-models to inspire, motivate and encourage but never to compare. The goal is to be the best me I can be. Newsflash to those of you who didn't know but change is not easy and most people would turn the other way when change comes knocking. Yes it's challenging, uncomfortable and sometimes messy because it rattles your comfort zone. Oh and we just hate it when our comfort zones are rattled, right? I know I do but here's another nugget of wisdom, try not to embrace a comfort zone for too long, they have a tendency of making you feel complacent and before you know it you are stuck in a rut. Yep I've been there too and sorry to say but it's not a nice place to be in once you do decide to get out and make a change or have to for health reasons.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F Kennedy

It's been 3 weeks of intense exercise and healthy food choices and I must admit I feel great. Sore but great lol. I know I allowed myself to get to this place in my life - overweight and unfit, so it's my responsibility (yes mine alone) to get back to healthy. I can't even remember when that was... So I choose to look at my journey as one that is uniquely mine. I need to be real and approach this in a way where I'll challenge myself enough to stick with it and not give up because if I push myself too hard I'll just turn around and say 'Stuff it, I am done". Yes I'm honest enough to admit the truth about myself to myself. My Dad challenged his children this year to make two lists and write down our personal strengths and weaknesses. The goal is to identify your strengths so they can be your pillars to lean on while you work on turning your weaknesses into more strengths. So where am I going with this? Well, I am a known foodie and reading a good book is my idea of a good workout (workout for my brain yeah). I've never been athletic or had any real interest in playing sports. Sports was just a great way to be part of a team and I loved that part of it. I preferred intellectual challenges like chess, language Olympiads and writing for the school newspaper. No, challenging myself physically was not fun at all. It was torture to be honest but looking back I know now I lacked balance in my life. I needed to challenge myself physically too. Too much of one thing is not good and I have to find my perfect balance. So making this lifestyle change is me doing my best to find that healthy balance that includes being healthy and fit as well as a bookworm at the same time. I prefer to do it with baby steps, learn how to crawl first before I walk and then hopefully run, right?

So now for the fun stuff. How can you make your eating habits fun and tasty yet keep it healthy? Well I'm gonna try and stick to one store to make it easier. I'll use Woolies as our one stop shop for this post. I know they can be a bit pricey at times for those of us on a budget but I promise you if you have an allowance for Woolies you can get a lot of great staples from them or the trimmings to add taste and flavour. Either way, Woolies can be a huge help if you do it right.

I found these helpful tips from www.woolworths.co.za and they sure has helped me to stay on track.

 

15 WAYS TO EAT BETTER EVERY DAY

 

Chances are, you’re looking to try a healthier diet. We’ve put together a few tips to help make it easier, and stop you from feeling deprived.

  • DIVIDE AND CONQUER – Nutritionists suggest thinking of your plate as divided into quarters: two quarters should be veggies and fruit, one quarter protein and one quarter carbs, preferably whole grains.
  • PLAN MEALS – We’ve made it easy by putting together a variety of weekly meal plans.
  • SNACK SMARTER – Keep some ready-to-eat veggies in the fridge to enjoy with hummus or mashed avo, and fresh fruit on hand in a bowl or in the fridge for instant snacking.
  • CUT DOWN ON SUGAR – Use fresh fruit to add sweetness to breakfast cereals. We’ve also removed over 23 million teaspoons of sugar from our food, helping you cut down on sugar.
  • DRINK WATER – It’s not just refreshing – it helps you feel fuller and less likely to munch on high sugar, high fat foods. Add things like berries, cucumber, lemon slices or mint for flavour. With a hint of flavour and no sugar, our Spring Drinks are a great way to drink more water.
  • MAKE DINNER A FAMILY AFFAIR –  It’s been shown that sitting down at the dinner table (without cellphones or other distractions) makes for less stressful eating, which means your body is better able to absorb nutrients.

 

 

FRESH IS FABULOUS
Prepare meals from fresh ingredients. Woolies gives you a helping hand with a wide choice of ready-to-cook seasonal vegetables for everything from soups and casseroles to stir fries.

READ THE LABEL
You’ll find a complete breakdown of ingredients as well as nutritional info on our packs.

CHECK THE FAT
Choose monounsaturated fats that come from plant sources, like nuts, vegetable oil, canola oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, and avocado.

SMOOTHER SMOOTHIES
Make vegetable smoothies deliciously creamy (and up your fibre) by adding half an avo before blending.

EAT MORE FISH
Fish is a great alternative to red meat, and there are so many delicious ways to enjoy it. Our fish is not only good eating, it’s all responsibly sourced.

GET MORE FIBRE
Brown rice not only has a deliciously nutty flavour, it also packs more fibre than white rice. The same goes for wholewheat pasta, which has more than twice the fibre of pasta made from white flour.

GO FOR THE CRUNCH
Add cooked whole grains or canned beans, lentils or chickpeas to salads for texture and a fibre boost.

CUT DOWN ON SALT
We’ve recently removed another 1.9 tons of salt out of our food without cutting down on flavour.

TAKE A BREAK
Allow yourself the occasional indulgent treat. What’s life without a little chocolate, ice cream or pizza once in a while?

 

You've got to love it when eating healthy is made easier with the help of Woolies, right? Talk about advocating for healthy living.

So as you know I am not about depriving myself instead I'm all about enjoy the food I love in a healthy way. Here's 3 of my favourite recipes from Woolies with one or two minor changes here and there. Hope you like them and give it go.

Recipe By Abigail Donnelly

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There's nothing more light and refreshing than a tasty salad. I love Asian food and this is the perfect way to indulge in a healthy way. You can substitute the chicken mince for tender steak pieces (red meat is good but don't indulge too much), chicken pieces or my favourite seafood - prawns.

I love cooked food so this is probably one of my favourites.

Recipe By Phillippa Cheifitz

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I love trying new things with recipes to make it my own so I substitute the Barley with brown Basmati Rice and add 2 or all 3 of my favourites root vegetables.

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Butternut Squash

Recipe By Taste

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I love everything about this recipe, so no substitutes unless you want to try other fruits like strawberries. Don't be afraid to mix it up and try other fruits, after all they say variety is the spice of life.

For all the potato chips lovers like me Woolies offer us a much healthier alternative, one I love.

I'll be sharing more of my favourites soon. Till next time xx

Photo Credit and references - Woolworths SA

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