Let’s compare your blood-flow to your car engine oil. Now think of all the adverts you see on the television about how you need to clean your oil and take a moment to ask yourself why you put your cars health ahead of your own health? Your health IS your wealth!
Easy Changes to put wealth into your health:
Salad, summer or winter, it’s a great way to get fresh vegetables into you. Add olive oil and apple cider vinegar and you’ll enjoy the health benefits of both with your lunch every day and if you add some ginger for warming and circulation, your salad quickly takes your tastebuds to the next level.
Let’s not forget a protein portion to keep you feeling full and contented. Fish perhaps for the omega content or perhaps tofu or beans if you fancy the vegetarian option and they add fibre to your diet. Fibre in your diet helps your bowels to function. No one wants a blocked exhaust pipe! Beans, properly washed and soaked add a number of wonderful nutrients to you diet. The carbs are a slow burn, low GI, they are ‘nutrient dense’, which means that there are more nutrients per mouthful than from processed & packaged foods.
Which diet suits you best?
There are many diets out we’re being told about… Paleo for example: well we don’t really know what paleo man ate as he couldn’t leave us any messages other than their food scrap heaps (middens) and partly decomposed stomach remains. All these pointed to a very varied diet, gains, pulses, meats, etc. we are the ones with the limited diet as we are not on the move with the seasons but rather import our foods and eat what we fancy when we fancy it rather than when and what the environment allows.
Long term research over many populations and including the greatest number of people clearly demonstrate that the Mediterranean diet, with its fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, pulses, fish, very occasional meat, exercise, laughter, dancing and occasional religious fasting is the very best diet to live a long and healthy life. Did you notice that what it doesn’t contain is processed foods, imported foods and pre-packaged food.
I didn’t realise it wasn’t tomato season until I heard someone mention it the other day, and I do have a small garden that I attempt to grow things in (I’m not very good at it really). The supermarket and greengrocers still have as many on display as they do during our local season, but eating seasonally is better for our environmental footprint as well as meaning we get the freshest food available, and it doesn’t need to travel far to arrive on your plate.
Make your salad fresh and local:
Summer salad with leafy greens, strawberries, zucchini, chickpeas and goats cheese perhaps?
Winter salad may have apple, celery, radishes, roasted pumpkin with pine-nuts, almonds, cranberries and slithers of parmesan cheese.
Both can have olive oil and apple cider vinegar as the dressing, perhaps add some horseradish or mustard to warm it up in winter.
There are many quick and simple ways of taking our food with us to work and eating in a simple and cost effective manner.
• Eating – seasonally is cheaper as there is an abundance of that fruit or vegetable available in the shops.
• Ahead – shop ahead of time, prepare your recipes and ingredients list ahead of time, so you know you have everything ready to go when you need it.
• Time – prepare ahead of time, whilst you’re are making your evening meal, prepare Burcher muesli or a chia pod for breakfast and your salad, without the dressing for your lunch. Ready to snatch from the fridge as you rush out the door!