1. Drink a warm cup of lemon water first thing every morning.
Lemon aids digestion and gets rid of toxins. It also contains pectin fibre which is beneficial for colon health and helps fight hunger cravings so great for weight loss. Make sure the water is warm not hot and then squeeze 1/3 of an organic lemon into it. Drink before you eat or drink anything else. I can really feel a difference when I do this in the morning.
2. Consume vegetables with your breakfast
Regardless of what you are having for breakfast, add some vegetables! If you’re having a sandwich add for example some avocado, peppers and tomatoes on the side. If it’s porridge have a vegetable juice, add blueberries and munch on a carrot while the porridge is cooking. It’s a great feeling to already have consumed 2-3 servings of fruit and vegetables before 8am.
3. Make sure you have some protein for breakfast
It keeps you fuller for longer and you have a better chance of avoiding the mid morning dip.
Good protein breakfasts
Porridge with milk add some chia seeds and top with some chopped nuts for added protein
4. Make sure you have some me-time first thing in the morning
If you have an hour to do exercise, great! But even if it’s just 5 minutes for some serenity and focus before the madness of the day kicks in it’s still very beneficial for the mind and body. It can be doing exercise, yoga meditation, visualizations, drawing a picture. Whatever makes sure your day starts in a positive way.
5. Plan your day.
Check your to-do list and pick the items that has to get tackled that day. And don’t take on too much. It’s better to under-promise to yourself and then over-deliver. Then you end the day with a great sense of achievement instead of feeling that you have failed doing what you set out to do.
I was left on my own last night, husband went to the pub!!!! So had to cook for me, myself and I which I hate. My default food for when I have to eat on my own is usually gnocchi since I love it and husband hates it but gnocchi just feels too stodgy so decided to try something a bit healthier ( I will go on a search for a healthier gnocchi some other day ) Used whatever I could find in the fridge and this is what I came up with. Because of the quinoa it was really filling despite being a salad and all the goodie goodies gave it the comfort factor one needs on a cold day like yesterday ! ( It seems like summer is truly over : (
2 handfuls of spinach
1/2 cup of quinoa ( I used a mixture of red and white)
2/3 of a mozzarella ball
1/4 of an avocado
1/4 of a pomegranate ( to be prepared earlier )
A decent sized handful of mint
1/2 of a red chilli
1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
Start by preparing the pomegranate. Link on how to do it. I usually after step 3 put the pomegranate in a bowl of water for 15 min and then de-seed it. It makes it easier.
Wash the spinach and cook the quinoa according to instructions. Chop the chilli and mint and mix with the olive oil. Cut the peach in slices leaving the skin on and cut the avocado in 1 1/2 cm cubes. Tear the mozzarella into pieces. Mix everything together. Finish off the pomegranate and sprinkle over salad
Pomegranate – has been called a super food. Super foods are called super foods because they are super stuffed with healthy stuff. Isn’t that super duper! No difference with pomegranates, high in vitamin c, high in anti-oxidants, good source of fibre (both soluble and insoluble) and a whole other range of other vitamins and minerals. But there has also been quite a few studies showing that pomegranate juice can possible be effective against various cancers ( mainly prostrate) Study through NHS
Quinoa – It’s a complete protein, contains all nine amino acid so great to eat if you are a vegetarian or doing sports. Rich in fibre, iron, B2. It’s also gluten-free