Too hooked and a salad Niçoise

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Sometimes I get a little bit too hooked on health food. I mean I do always tend to want to eat healthy, nutritious food rather than processed rubbish. But sometimes I get too concerned that it has to be 100% healthy and forget that if there’s an element of a dish that I’m not too happy about that I might overlook some divine dishes that are at the same time super nutritious.

For example I love Salad Niçoise but yes potatoes are starchy ( but a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium, copper and vitamin C and more) and yes there’s mercury in tuna ( but a great source of omega 3 and selenium and more) I wouldn’t eat potatoes or tuna every day but it’s a much healthier treat than most other treats. And keeps me away from, again processed rubbish ( anyone gets the sense that I firmly hate processed food)

I tend to use tinned tuna for this dish and tinned food is not good due to it containing BPA but since I have cut out almost all tinned food every now and again my body can most likely deal with it.

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Some of the many good benefits of salad Niçoise;

Olives; anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that helps the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, immune system, inflammatory system and digestive system…..so more or less all of the body. Very good indeed.

Watercress, a superfood indeed. Vitamin K and Vitamin A which has health benefits for the skin and the eyes. Also contains glucosinolate compounds which have shown to have anti-cancer effects.

Green beans ; great source of folate, fibre and vitamin K

Eggs, high in protein and a whole range of vitamins and minerals. The best source of Choline which is being used to build cell membranes.

Salad Niçoise
Serves 2

120 grams of spinach, rocket and watercress
120 grams of green beans
20 black olives
1 can of tuna
10-15 anchovy fillets (we get ours from the counter in any Italian delicatessen)
6-7 new potatoes
3 eggs
1 shallot
Some extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste

Wash and boil the potatoes with skin on until tender ( about 10 min) . Boil the eggs for 10 min as well. Chop off the ends of the green beans and steam for 7 min. Wash the salad and add to a large bowl. Then add the tuna, anchovies and olives. Finely chop the shallot and add to the bowl. When the potatoes are cooked, half or quarter them depending on size. Add the potatoes, cooked green beans, the olive oil and some salt and black pepper and mix it up. Peel the eggs, half them and add them last to the salad on top.

When choosing Tuna you want to choose a smaller Tuna such as skipjack or tongol and stay away from larger tuna such as albacore or yellowfin since the larger tunas contains significant more levels of mercury. You also want to look for pole and line caught tuna since it’s the sustainable way of fishing tuna. No other marine life is harmed in the process.
I was happy to learn that Sainbury’s own brand tuna is skipjack and is pole and line caught. Another great option is Fish4ever.

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5 possible areas to start removing toxins

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On a daily basis it’s unbelievable how many toxins we get into ourselves. But don’t freak out, our bodies are very clever and they are designed to be able to deal with some toxins. The only problem is the amount of toxins we have to deal with these days might just be a touch too many for our hardworking bodies.
This is not going to be the perfect post about all the toxins out there that we need to/ should remove. I want this post to just be a gentle voice from our bodies that says, please please just give me a break, I need a holiday!!!

One of the problem that I think a lot of people struggle with is that there are so many things in regards to our health that we “should” get better at that it’s just soooo much easier to stick to your old ways than trying to find alternatives that helps AND work. Hence nothing gets done.

So what does one do? Well it’s easy, we all leave our jobs, move to a cottage as far away from civilisation as possible and start storing all our foods and liquids in glass containers. If that option isn’t really tempting for you then there are lots of areas in our lives where we can start cutting down on toxins.

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Next time you run out of washing up liquid, mascara, deodorant, shampoo or any other possible toxin laden product instead of taking the easy option and just buying what you always buy, do yourself ( and nature ) a favour and spend that extra 5-10 minutes to find a better alternative. If you don’t have time or energy to research all the toxic ingredients in the world pop into your local organic/ health shop and talk to them. Even if you don’t get recommended a product that is completely toxin-free the chances are that they contain lots lots less. And if there’s one product that you can’t live without give yourself a break and use it. If it becomes too hard to remove toxins and that will cause you to not do anything about it, then use the bad deodorant, colour your hair, open that occasional tin of beans, but do try to remove as many toxins as possible!

Water bottles
If you constantly drink water (or other drinks) from plastic bottles the chances are that you are getting some toxins into yourself such as BPA and antimony. And it seems as if the longer it has been stored in the bottle or if it has been heated up the more toxins has leaked out into the water. Try to mainly drink your water from a glass but when you’re on the move here’s some alternatives;

Glass bottles ( in a protective sleeve )
www.flaska.eu/
www.lifefactory.com
Stainless steel bottles
www.kleankanteen.com

Tins
Are sooooo convenient, but also contains BPA. Instead of tins of tomatoes try tetra pak. Cook large batches of beans and freeze them. Always use fresh fruit and vegetables instead of tinned ones.

Beauty products
Consider how many products you apply to your skin and hair on a daily basis and if all of them are chemical-laden that’s quite a scary thought. The good news is that there are so many toxin-free excellent products or products that at least contains much less toxins, out there now. And here’s where the spending 5-10 minutes extra before you purchase a new product comes in. If you need a new nail varnish, google toxin- free nail varnish and you will see that there’s lots of great products out there. Check out your products at EWG skin deep. You can even download an app for free and bring with you when you go shopping.

Beauty products
www.drorganic.co.uk
www.weleda.co.uk
www.lavera.com

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Nail varnish
London based Jacava does not contain Formaldehyde, Camphor, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Phthalates or Animal Ingredients www.jacava.com

Scotch naturals nail varnish are free from formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP),Toluene, Camphor, Formaldehyde Resin, ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone, and heavy metals.www.scotchnaturals.com

Deodorants
Most contains aluminium which has in several studies has been possibly linked to cancer ( in particularly breast cancer) Some claim that there are no firm evidence to support these links. I personally do not want to put aluminium so close to my breasts and risk it.

I find this deodorant from Alva to be really good

www.alvanaturalskincare.co.uk

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