What to Consider When Setting Nutritional Goals
Diets don’t work
‘Diets’ and tight food restrictions put too much pressure on you, which is why you may cave and grab a cookie from the cookie jar… then maybe another… and another… and another.
The reason this happens is because you have labelled it as “bad” and “forbidden” which makes the humble cookie so much more desirable.
When it comes to healthy eating, we say NO to rules and restrictions and YES to listening to what your body really needs.
Your mindset on food is important
If your healthy eating goals look something like ‘I am cutting out sugar this week’ or ‘I’m only eating salads this week,’’ then the likelihood of you falling off the bandwagon is pretty high.
A happy mind, good energy levels, and long term good health largely come from a balance of healthy food and not from processed foods, takeaways or ‘diets.’
Whether you do or don’t have health goals, there is one we highly recommend every person should have and it is:
Make sure you fall in love with food
Seems a bit underwhelming right. You’re probably thinking “well I do love food”, or “yeah, I love my favourite takeaways and desserts”
But, when we say food, we are not talking about highly processed foods and takeaways that are full of added sugars, fats and oils, salt, refined carbohydrates, chemicals and preservatives. These barely even classify as food with the amount of processing they have been through.
We are talking about fresh whole foods that produce their own natural flavours.
Fall in love with food with these fresh tips:
- Chop up fresh herbs and stir through almost any dish after cooking
- Add herbs like tarragon and sage to roast vegies
- Add spices like cumin, paprika, curry powder to meat
- Something as simple as adding lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil to your steamed broccoli will add so much more flavour and well as health benefits.
- Eat your fruits and vegetables slowly, try one food at a time and mindfully notice the flavours and textures.
Check out this week’s healthy recipe to kick start your healthy eating goals
Frittata with pumpkin, sundried tomato & basil
Time: 50mins Serves: 4 Cost: $10.45 approx. ($2.61/serve)
- 8 eggs 3.33
- ½ cup milk
- 500g pumpkin 1.5
- ½ cup sundried tomatoes 1.7
- ½ bunch fresh basil 1.7
- ½ block feta 2
- pinch salt & pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 200o
- Chop pumpkin in small cubes (2cm x 2cm).
- Steam for 10mins.
- Beat eggs, add milk, salt & pepper, beat until mixed.
- Roughly chop sundried tomatoes, basil and feta then mix with egg mixture.
- Mix through steamed pumpkin
- Add to small baking dish or pie dish
- Bake for 40mins
Serve with steamed broccoli or a salad for extra vegies!