Winter is on its way, and there are only a few Fridays left until Christmas. As the year draws to a close, it is important for us to not forget our healthy eating goals and indulge too much in the foods we crave.
Whether you are running your own business and need the energy for working at home, taking on a new compliance training course, or managing your family - fueling the body the right way is important for everyone.
When the festive season comes around it is all too easy to dip a finger in every pie, literally, but today we want to give you some healthier food options that will fuel a healthier and happier body.
These recipes are simple and will keep you healthy and strong all season long.
Spicy chicken tacos
These simple and spicy tacos will be the best option for a family get together or even a small family dinner on a Friday night. Full of veggies and flavour, this is a healthy alternative to your Friday night takeaway.
What could be better than a bit of buffalo chicken? Even when you are on a diet it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on big flavour. This spicy topped salad is a great way to enjoy the flavours you love with less fat.
Meatballs are a staple food for many households, but meatballs doesn’t always have to mean spaghetti. These easy courgette meatball boats are medicine you need for a carb loaded weekend.
This easy leash steak recipe will give you everything you need from a comfort meal but also many amazing greens to fuel your day.
This veggie packed meal can be eaten as a simple lunch time meal prep or can be a great family meal midweek. The great thing about this is you can mix and match the veggies you add depending on what you have in the house.
Some of the foods you eat or drinks you enjoy will not be a full meal, and this homemade ginger shot will give you a boost every morning and will boost your metabolism ready for a healthy day of eating.
Chicken Parmesan doesn’t always have to be a fatty meal. This simple and less fatty version is much healthier and can be easily made during the week.
It's also important to stay healthy in the Winter months through exercise. You can check out this guide to staying fit during the holidays, which helps you fit exercise into your busy schedule!
When searching for a new food, I often look for products from companies that specialise in the products you will be buying. If they have products you like there is a good chance they also have products that are good for your heart.
So you might ask, "Why should I buy heart healthy foods instead of a product that is only good for my heart?" Well let me tell you it is a lot better for your health. When you use food with a high fibre content, you will feel more full for longer periods of time.
You get more of that feeling of satiety, the feeling you do not want to eat and thus you will be less likely to overeat. It is the same concept behind fibre. When people consume foods with a high fibre content, they do not eat as much of it. You feel full for longer periods and thus you do not over eat.
The problem though is that not all foods contain fibre. So you end up not getting the full benefit of it. In addition, foods that do contain it, it has a limited processing life. So once it gets into your system, it is already done for.
One good alternative is taking foods that are already good for your heart as opposed to products that claim to be good for your heart. There are some foods that have low levels of cholesterol. This means you get the full benefit without eating foods that give you the full effect of it, which could be detrimental and give you heart palpitations.
A good example are fresh fruit juices. You can take those juices with a low fat or low calorie yogurt or shake. You are not eating your heart on a plate. This also includes whole wheat pasta and whole grain rice. It is best to soak and cook these foods.
Another good example are supplements like omega 3. If you want to take fish oil, there are some fish oil supplements that are the equivalent in omega 3 to the amount you would get from eating a fatty fish. This makes it much easier to get the benefits of the supplement. However, it is important to remember that you will not get the same benefits from taking these supplements on a daily basis. These are high DHA and EPA foods that help maintain your good health.
You are able to take more of these food supplements without overexercising.
Pancakes, waffles, French toast: there’s nothing better than comforting, carb-friendly breakfast foods. Whether you’re cooking up a weekend brunch for your family or looking for a quick, kid-friendly breakfast-for-dinner recipe, these 5 dishes use better-for-you ingredients like stevia and almond flour to make your favorite breakfasts guilt-free. Top off your pancakes or waffles with Pyure’s Harmless Hunny Alternative or Organic Maple Syrup Alternative to start your day on the right foot.
You can read more over at Pyure...
At the peak of the pandemic, there were new guidelines seemingly every day to help us stay safe and lower our risk of catching and transmitting COVID-19. Today, the advice is clear. Wash your hands regularly, wear a mask and keep your distance from others.
There are other ways you can make healthy choices beyond virus prevention: changes to your diet, exercise and mindset. These lifestyle changes may not completely prevent your risk of catching coronavirus, but they can boost your immune system, help keep your spirits high and make your body stronger for whatever life throws at you. Here are some simple changes you can make to stay fit and healthy in the midst of a pandemic.
You can read more about how to make better choices with your diet over at Pyure.
Judging whether a food or beverage is remotely good for you isn’t always easy. You can spot the obvious junk fare like cookies, chips, and ice cream, but everything else seems to have some sort of healthy-ish sounding claim slapped on the package (Grain-free! Natural! Heart healthy!). Unfortunately, so many of these claims are just fluff. That’s why scanning the nutrition label is essential for making smart supermarket picks — and lucky for all of us, it just got its first makeover in 27 years.
In 2020, thanks to a requirement from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), all food and non-alcoholic drink manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales started using a revamped nutrition facts label on their products. (Manufacturers with lower annual sales have an additional year to comply.)
You can read about the changes to the new label features over at Pyure...
We’ve all faced times where no matter how hard you try, you just can’t stick to a healthy routine. Just thinking about exercise or cooking a healthy meal can be daunting, and with fast food being, well, fast, it’s not difficult to see why so many struggle to stay motivated with a healthy lifestyle.
It happens to everyone, there probably isn’t one person who can say they have never had a period of time where they have had some time away from eating right and exercising as often as they should.
Finding the motivation to look after yourself doesn’t mean that you need to spend hours in the gym or spend one day a week prepping healthy meals, you can do it so much easier.
Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can stay motivated below:
Give Yourself A Real Reward
No, this doesn’t mean eating an entire cheesecake after a run, it’s about giving yourself something that is going to help you get closer to your goals. Why not indulge in an episode or two of your favourite tv show or reading about the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners after your workout, to enable your muscles to recover? Or treat yourself to a massage after two or three weeks on track with your exercise routine. After you have eaten a healthy meal, reward yourself with some self-care such as taking a hot bath or home spa-treatment.
You are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, so the best thing you can do is to stop rewarding yourself with junk food, one of the main causes of a bad diet. Exercise will slowly become a habit, and your motivation will grow as you reward yourself in a positive way.
Set Yourself A Commitment Contract
We can make a promise after promise to ourselves, however, research shows us that we are more likely to eat well and exercise when we make the commitment to some one else such as our family or friends. Why not set a contract with your family to state you will workout three times a week for 30 minutes and that you will cook at least one healthy meal each day so you can be healthier for them?
Turn Your Workouts Social
In the world of today, it is very common to see people using social media as a way to stay accountable for their progress or commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s sharing their weekly weigh in, showing progress pictures, showing methods of exercise, or sharing pictures of your food, sharing them on social media may be a good way to keep you on track.
Always Remember The Why
There is going to be a reason why you want to live a healthier lifestyle, so, remember what it is when you feel yourself slipping. Whether you’re doing because you’ve gained a little weight over Christmas or through pregnancy, or you’re trying to minimise the risks from an underlying health condition, always think back to the reasons why you are making changes.
Remember changes aren’t going to happen over night, therefore, you shouldn’t expect them to. Don’t give up at the first hurdle, in fact, don’t give up at the tenth. No one said that making changes towards a healthy lifestyle was easy. Do you have any tips on how to you can stay motivated? Please share them in the comments below.
Whether you call it breakfast or it’s just the first meal you’re eating later on in the day, what you choose can help set you up for weight-loss success. You can read why the research out there shows the benefits of eating a morning meal. You can read more over at myfitnesspal.com...
Most of us have too much chaos going on in our lives to consciously focus on every bite we eat, the secret is to change your environment so it works for you rather than against you! Psychology Today has some insight into how to avoid the junk food!
Losing weight is never easy and there’s no one tip that’s going to change that. However, it doesn’t have to be as complicated a process as many of us make it, like counting every calorie or stripping our diet of entire food groups while trying to follow aggressively restrictive diet plans. Coach Magazine has the full guide for you...
Feeling hungry is a normal part of life and is a signal that your body is lacking the energy it needs to function to its highest ability. Most people tend to get hungry before their next meal and hunger can also be increased if you've done more exercise than usual. The Sun has 10 reasons why!
Life is busy these days, everyone goes about their day and then you're going to bed! myfitnesspal.com has a feature on why eating as a family is so important!
Festive office parties, Christmas lunches, edible presents, the calories will be coming on if not already! But you can enjoy the food and not put on a load of weight if you plan it well enough! The Sun has some tips that may well help the mindset!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and its good to know what you should be eating to get the best out of the start of your day! The Sun has more!
We all know that sugar is bad for you, especially the extras that aren't natural, Women's Health can tell you what will happen to you when you cut these right down!
It's just easier isn't it? Working behind a desk, you have your lunch in front of you and you start to eat. But myfitnesspal.com are going to tell you why you need to step away from the desk!
The moment Bethany Duffield was asked to be a bridesmaid, it was the incentive needed to lose weight! You can read more about this in The Sun!
Whether its a weight loss plan, a new job or just some motivation to get you going, if you don't have a purpose for it, it could spectacularly not get very far! myfitnesspal.com have more insight!
Autumn is upon us, well, the UK anyway and its time to get you protected against the nasty colds and flu season! TonyRobbins.com has some tips on how to boost your immune system!
From clear skin, no hangovers and weightloss, Sober October is making an impact already! The Sun has plenty of good news to say exactly what you are doing for your body!
What makes you happy? The answers vary from one person to the next, a cup of tea for one person is another's glass of wine! Bupa Care Homes carried out a study and you can read more in the Mirror!
Just because there is a recommended calories allowance intake doesn't mean you need to fill your quota! Fitbit.com has help on hand!
Believe it or not, it is possible to snack and still stay slim.. if you eat the right things! Healthy, low-calorie snacks are the way forward! The Sun has more on how to help yourself and that health of yours!
You've had a long day and somehow despite temptation, you've still done well with your eating. But as you settle down for the evening, you get that urge to go and raid the fridge or cupboards in search of 'something nice!' We have all been there! myfitnesspal.com has a list of 12 ways you may be able to that temptation!
From foodie to fitness fanatic! Its very possible but sometimes only the strongest wills can get you from A to B! You can read Aaron's fitness journey via the good people at myprotein.com
We all know that losing weight isn't easy, even when the pounds fall off you'll hit a wall! Here are 20 common reasons why you're not losing weight! Healthline.com has the list that could well help!
Author - Chris
Author, Editor, Creator of Learn Develop Live