Happy Eating is Healthy Eating
It is Easy to Love Your Food when You Know that it is Not Going to Cause You HARM
Being Happy with what you are Eating is about Knowing that what you are Eating is Going to Good for YOU
Remove the Guilt and Love your Food
Is about choosing Foods that you know is going to support your Health. It is also great to share this with your Family and Friends
One of my favourite past times is Eating. I am also Passionate about Family and Friends.
Sharing with them Healthy Food, Laughter, Happiness, Stories and Companionship.
Love Your Food
This is more about learning to be Happy with the Food that you are Eating and Why you are Eating it.
If you were to ask me if I Love to Cook, I think my instinctive answer would be NO:
There is a certain amount of pleasure, relaxation and achievement in preparing and cooking a lovely meal.
I also Love to Eat and I Love having the company of Family and Friends.
It is not always affordable or practical to go out all of the time and also you can use healthier alternatives with your cooking so as to provide healthy eating that will also not put on weight.
Entertaining with Healthy Food Choices
When I entertain, I am not just aware of looking after my own health but that of my family and friends as well.
Personally I don’t believe in strict diets as such, I have been asked that as I am a Naturopath, am I a vegetarian. No I am not, you may well ask why I guess because I find it personally too limiting and plan meals for three sons and a husband, it can become rather daunting and difficult.
I don’t personally eat red meat but include it occasionally with my family, mainly in the form of the roast dinner.
The majority of our meals during the week consist of fish or chicken and 75% of the plate portion being either vegetables or salad. I incorporate 2 – 3 vegetarian meals per week, but you may want to start with just one.
Steps to Healthy Cooking on a Daily Basis:
- Eliminate: Processed sauces, using your own fresh ingredients such as onions, garlic, sesame oil and herbs for flavour. You can also use fresh produce such as apples, mangoes, pears and tomatoes for sauce base ingredients.
- Improvise: without compromising tradition or flavour such as using yogurt instead of crème, do not add salt to cooking, use coconut oil and olive oil instead of butter. Keep deserts light incorporating fruit and yogurt where possible? You’ll help everyone enjoy the bountiful food without packing on any extra kilos as well and remaining fit and healthy.
- Avoid weight problem foods for starters or additions: such as high fat nuts: macadamia, cashews, also salted nuts, chips avoiding adding cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter, and whipped cream to your dishes.
- Healthy alternatives for dips and starters: Kale chips, wafer crackers, pitta bread toasted, even tasty wholegrain bread and of course not’s let forget sliced carrot sticks, capsicum, cucumber, broccoli etc.
Planning your Shopping: Whether this be for your entertaining or daily menu as you incorporate these healthy choices they will become habit so that no matter what the occasion whether it be the family meal at home or entertaining for friends and family it will make your health and your life so much easier.
The Key is to Shop Smart – ◦ Make it easy by keeping appetizers light. For tempting yet healthy appetizers, offer prawn cocktails, whole-grain crackers with goat’s cheese, vegetables such as carrots, cucumber, capsicum, celery, include herbs such as mint, basil and dill with a taziki homous, sweet potato or beetroot dip. You can also have fresh fruit skewers ◦ Harness the Effect Power of Fresh Produce Vegetable ideas can be baked sweet potato, pumpkin, parsnips including green beans lightly steamed served with almond slivers and lemon juice. ◦ Your meat intake Animal fat will add not only the calories but will also add problems with heart and circulation so by cooking your meat without the fat either in a Webber or you may well even prefer a barbeque so long as you don’t burn the meat as this is carcinogenic. Portion size is important when it comes to red meat, chicken & turkey if you keep it to the size of the palm of your hand. Chicken, Turkey and Seafood are really great and can be dressed up with garlic, mustard; citrus fruits can be mixed together with some olive oil pour over meat prior to cooking very easy and tasty. ◦Drinks: Obviously you may well want to part take in some alcoholic beverage wine or beers are the best when it comes to both health and weight. However this does need to be kept to a ideal consumption of 2 – 3 maximum drinks – of course if you are not driving. So what else can you drink? Well unsweetened Coconut juice is very palatable as well as being excellent to aid digestion and need I say no more of course water to look after your kidneys.
Empowering You to Optimal Health Julie Doherty N.D