Green and Lean
We all know we should eat our greens. Including leafy, fibrous vegetables in our diet aids and improves digestion, and provides essential micronutrients to our diet like iron and calcium, and they are also high in antioxidants. Examples of these are spinach, kale, cabbage and broccoli. Why Coconut Oil.
Coconut oil is my preferred choice of cooking oil because of its high smoke point. Unlike other oils like vegetable or olive oil, it is less damaged and chemically altered when heated, and doesn’t denature, therefore making it arguably the healthiest oil to cook with. Mad About Avocados. As well as tasting absolutely delicious, avocados are also extremely good for you, providing vitamin E, potassium and iron, and a plentiful source of good monounsaturated fats.
Fats: what and why?
The four main types of fat found in our diet are: monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, saturated fats and trans fats. Unsaturated fats (mono and poly) are often the fats associated with the label ‘healthy fats’ and foods that fall into this category are things like avocados, nuts, peanut butter, oily fish and unsaturated oils. These are loaded with nutrients and will nourish your body whilst also keeping you satiated. The one we really need to be careful of and avoid at all costs is artificial trans fats, which can be found in things like margarine, chips and fast food, as these can contribute to cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Herbal and Fruit Teas.
If you are suffering from sweet cravings, try a warm fruit or herbal tea instead of reaching for sugarloaded snacks. My favourites are peppermint, raspberry and strawberry. Protein has been shown to be 25-30 per cent more satiating than any of the other food groups and is therefore essential to keeping you fuller for longer. Including lean meats like chicken and fish in your diet will help you avoid feeling hungry.