A yo-yo dieting mindset is something we never intend when we start a diet. When we first sign up to the latest and greatest dieting plan, it really is with all of our best intentions. We also genuinely believe in the results we’ve witnessed others achieve and find ourselves spending a lot of money on supplements (depending on the diet plan).
However, it doesn’t take long before some of our past unhealthy habits start to slowly creep in again when life gets busy. This is normally when we either decide to start again “next Monday” or we completely give up only to start a new diet fad in the following January.
Research has shown us that yo-yo dieting can do us more harm than good. When we fail miserably with one eating plan and jump into the next one, our bodies take on the pressure and strain.
The word diet is often used in conjunction with the idea of our goal weight or our perceived goal weight.
You may be asking, why should I balance my blood sugar? How does this even affect me? Or you might be seriously needing some help in balancing your blood sugar! Either way, we aim to lighten your load, by making it easier for you to incorporate healthy habits into your normal lifestyle.
First of all, Blood Sugar refers to the amount of sugar or glucose in your blood at any given time. If this is not balanced or in a normal state, it can lead to fatigue, or a loss of energy, it can cause issues with your moods and emotions, as well as cause unhealthy cravings and hormone imbalances.
One might say that a balanced blood sugar can really change your life!
The heart of our blog is to bring the right information to your news feed so that you can make wise decisions about food for you and your family. We hope you find our blogs enlightening and interesting! Today we are jumping into what preservatives are, and why they are not good for us.
Preservatives are used to ‘preserve’ food items so that they remain fresh, or as fresh–looking as possible. They help to increase the shelf-life of products and they make sure that there is no loss of taste or flavour in the product over an extended period of time.
There are two types of preservatives, they are either natural, or chemical and artificial.
Natural preservatives are natural ingredients that have not been chemically altered and are not mixed with any synthetic items either.
Artificial Or Chemical Preservatives are artificially produced or synthetic in nature. Often these are also called ‘additives’ on our everyday food...
There are so many diets and eating programs that you could follow. There is so much information out there that you could read and apply to your life, and before you know it, you end up more confused than before you even started. We thought we would simplify this.
Here are some incredibly simple tips to getting healthy and sustaining a healthy lifestyle in yours and your family’s lives.
Is it to be thin?
Or having enough energy to get through our busy days?
Maybe it is to have no illness in your body?
Define what you see health as, and write it down. Spend time recognising why you are taking a step into a journey towards good health.
Once you have a good understanding of why you are doing something it cuts out a whole lot of other “noise”, which in turn helps you to not get yourself distracted by other fad diets or other people’s experiences.
The real foods we are talking about are the...
Hmmmmmmmm, Christmas smells like cinnamon spices, warm summery days with pineapples, and most of all, our healthy deliciously juicy gammon!
This recipe serves 8 people, with lots of leftovers for the week after Christmas
You will need:
A nice big gammon, approximately 1.8kg or 2kg.
125ml of rice malt syrup.
4 tablespoons of olive oil.
1 tablespoon of paprika.
2 teaspoons of ground cloves.
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.
Zest of 1 big orange.
3 tablespoons of orange juice.
Prepare the following on Christmas Eve:
One of our favourite Christmas time traditions is this deliciously snappy ginger biscuit. These can be baked quickly throughout the month in the build-up to Christmas!
Give these a try, share them with family and friends, we trust your kids will love them too!
You will need:
200g rolled oats (grind them in your Nutribullet or blender)
60g raw honey
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
½ teaspoon ground ginger
10g Coconut palm
50g softened raw coconut oil
Sprinkle of ground nutmeg
P.S. Ginger is great for balancing blood sugar and is great for your gut as well.
What is Christmas without some deliciously healthy mince pies? These delicious creations are a staple in our households each year. They are super fun to bake, if you have kids, get them baking with you in the holidays. Not only is it a great way to bond with them but it also gets them excited about learning new things in the kitchen.
(This recipe mades 6 -8 delicious mince pies)
You will need (Pastry):
35g raw coconut oil.
200g oat flour.
90ml maple syrup/
1 big pinch of vanilla powder, ground cinnamon or ginger (this is optional)
Add these into the pastry to give it the Christmas feel:
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves.
1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger, or ground ginger.
1 and a half tablespoons of maple syrup to brush and then coconut palm sugar to sprinkle.
Instructions For Making The Pastry:
As we all know, the number one New Year’s resolution around the world is “I am going to lose weight.”
Before you choose the trending fad diet and spend a fortune on all the products you need for this coming new year, we thought we would write about why diets don’t work and give you a few tried and tested ideas of what will work.
The word diet means “the customary food and drink of a culture, a person, or an animal.”
However, for many of us, the word diet does not mean that. It means “a temporary and highly restrictive program of eating in order to lose weight.”
It’s this idea of temporary restrictive eating that we will be tackling today.
Research shows that 95% of people who lose weight by dieting will regain it within 1-5 years, and there are a few reasons for this.
Dietary fibre includes the parts of plant foods your body can’t digest or absorb. Unlike other food components, such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and absorbs — fibre is not digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon and out of your body. Taking with it toxins, waste, fat, excess hormones and cholesterol particles out of the gut.
Did you know that you can create your own, awesome salad which is a completely whole and perfect meal? Our YOUnique Life salad table includes all the nutrients and food groups that your body most needs in order to feel great and it will leave you feeling healthy and satisfied!
You’ll need to choose one ingredient from each group in the carefully selected Perfect Salad table below and throw them together to create your perfect salad.
|The Base||The Colour (choose as many as you like)||The Protein||The Fat||The Carb||The Dressing|
|100g Mixed Salad Leaves||Carrots||150g Chicken||¼ Avocado||60g Quinoa||15 ml Extra virgin olive oil|
|100g Spinach||Cucumber||150g Grilled Fish||1 Tbsp. Tahini||100g Sweet Potato||15ml Flaxseed oil|
|100g Rocket||Tomato||150g Lean Meat||1 Tbsp. Hummus||100g Cooked Beetroot||20ml Balsamic vinegar|
|100g Lettuce||Celery||2 eggs||30g Nuts and seeds||100g Cooked Pumpkin||Miso paste|
|100g Kale||Red onion||100g Quinoa||Wholesome Food Dukka||...|