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What is healthy eating?

Why is healthy eating important?

Eating healthy is not a trend or a short term fad. It is a way of life that needs to be sustainable as we will be eating the rest of our lives. What we eat drives how we perform, how our mind operates and how we look. In short, it is important to eat well if you want to look good, feel great and perform optimally.
The perils of pollution and global warming and their direct impact on plants and animals is the more stark example of why it is important to ensure what goes into our bodies is good for us, or at the very least not harmful.

What is healthy food?

I simply define healthy as balanced in nutrients, quantity and satisfaction. It is not rich in proteins like Atkins or fats like Keto, but is balanced in quantity and nutrients including fats, fibre, proteins and carbohydrates. Ensure vegetables dominate, whole grains come next, meat third and fats last for long lasting energy and overall wellbeing.
Life’s too short to not eat anything and there are too many yummy high carb, protein and sugar foods available, so look for the balance between the key nutrients, quantities and satisfaction in every meal on a daily basis.

Are you eating healthy if you sometimes cheat?

Absolutely! Eating fried chicken and chips for dinner or sticky date pudding for dessert today simply means you need to compensate the next day or 2.. One cheat meal will usually take at least 3 super healthy low carb and low fat meals. Find your balance, if not in every meal then every day. If not every day then every 2 days. But don’t leave the catch-up any longer for best results!

Does quantity matter when eating healthy?

Healthy is balanced. Not just in quality but also quantity. Healthy eating does not mean we eat as much as we like, it is in fact a balancing act. In saying that, if you are continually hungry then consider/ try the following:
– Drink more water. Thirst is often easily misconstrued as hunger
– Evaluate the carbohydrates in your diet. Carbs are high energy but only for short periods of time. Beans, lentils and whole grains last a lot longer and provide good fibre. The more processed, the shorter the energy lasts.
– Increase protein (meat and lentils) and good fats (eg: avocados and nuts) slightly

Would love to hear your thoughts in comments. Please also add any questions you may have about healthy eating.

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The king of my spice rack

Always struggled with storing all your spices and condiments? Find the sheer count of ingredients in some recipes overwhelming? End up buying new spices and condiments not knowing when you’ll use them again?
Panic not, you’re not alone.

I’ve often found it difficult to keep a tidy spice rack with everything I may ever use. About a year ago I was in spring clean mode trying to tidy up all I could in the kitchen. This included cleaning up the spice rack and it was then that I realised that I use a lot of the spices together…almost always! With this, I decided to mix them up and ended up creating an amazing concoction that has become my go-to for most Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani and Middle Eastern meat and veg dishes – my very own Garam Masala.

Garam Masala - The most important ingredient in my spice rack
Garam Masale – The king of my spice rack

Garam Masala literally translated means a “hot mix of spices”. The name originates from Ayurvedic medicine as some of the spices used like cinnamon and star anise are known to elevate body temperature in Ayurvedic medicine (might explain their use in mulled wine too!). The mix of ingredients varies from recipe to recipe, and some are created especially to add extra flavour right at the end of cooking while others like mine are a spice mix created to save storage space and for ease of use. The blend constitutes 11 whole spices/ seeds toasted prior to grinding to extract the flavours and aromas, and is essential if you like your Indian food.

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