Start your day with a protein and low carb breakfast for maintaing energy levels throughout the morning. Having fruit or fruit juice on its own turns straight to sugar. If you want fruit then I suggest eating it with some protein such as Greek yoghurt or walnuts. This helps stop the fruit turning straight to sugar and giving you a false sugar energy high and low.
Wait to have your breakfast or first meal of the day at least 12 hours after your last meal of the previous day. This will help sustain weightloss and give your digestive system a rest.
Poached eggs with avocado, crispy bacon, tomatos and a swirl of balsamic vinegar.
Appetising and appealing food on a plate can be comprised of healthy low carb and protein ingredients. Including some good fats in your diet is better than eating low and no fat, as it can actually help your weightloss and help you feel satisfied.
The hormonal and metabolic benefits of eating more fat are great, but one of the best benefits might be the satiating effects of fat. Nothing is worse than eating a lower-calorie diet that leaves your hungry all the time. This is traditionally a huge problem in diets which deny you foods with a higher fat content such as nuts, fatty fish, cheese, and avocado.
Satiating fat leaves you feeling full. When the fat you eat hits your small intestine, it sets off a cascade of signals which includes the release of hormones such as CCK and PYY. These two hormones play a major role in appetite regulation and satiety; they leave you feeling full and satisfied. The more satiated you are, the less likely that you’re going to sneak in snacks between meals or pile on a second helping.
So for a weekend brunch I have cooked crispy free range streaky bacon, organic scrambled egg in a little organic salted butter, wilted spinach, baby Isle of Wight tomatoes, avocado, with some chopped red chillies.
And an Expresso coffee.
When you’re time-poor and wanting to keep on your healthy eating protein and low carb regime, an all-in-one tray bake is the way forward.
Chicken thighs, cauliflower, carrots , red onions, butternut squash, garlic.. With a little coconut butter.
The broccoli was boiled for a few minutes as an additional green vegetable.
Organic salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acid which is important for your body and brain.
Omega-3 can help
Adhd symptoms in children
Bone and joint health
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Artichokes are a versatile food, and although some would consider them a vegetable, they are a thistle!
For nutritional purposes, they are primarily consumed due their associated benefits of protecting against various forms of cancer, bolstering immune system strength, lowering cholesterol, and protect against diseases such as diabetes, artherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke. Artichokes have also long been famous for detoxifying the body and improving the health of the liver, and aiding in digestive issues like indigestion, constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and diarrhea. Furthermore, this miraculous little thistle can reduce blood pressure, eliminate hangovers, and stimulate urination.
How to cook?
Trim each of the pointy edges off the leaves.
Test if boiled long enough and tender by seeing if a leaf can be pulled off easily.
Serve with melted butter or olive oil, salt,pepper and lemon juice.
The heart is the best part once you have pulled off and eaten all the leaves. Be careful to remove the prickly hairs protecting the heart section before eating.
The rhubarb can be roasted with no water for about 10mins and served with full fat greek yoghurt and a teaspoon of honey.
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Vegetables dont have to just be for lunch or dinner!
ASparagus is an excellent source of vitamin K, folate, copper, selenium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It is also a very good source of dietary fiber, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B3, potassium, choline, vitamin A, zinc, iron, protein, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid.
And of course yummy
Lightly boiled or roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper.
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With thanks to @ivitalityuk
My favourite way to serve a jug of iced water is with sliced cucumber, mint and lemon as a refreshing summer thirst quencher
But hadnt thought of adding kiwi too
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The Solgar press event this week showcased their latest vitamin range for joint and bone fitness and wellness. It was really interesting to listen to the nutritionist Paul Chamberlain about the science behind this range and why Solgar have launched these new products to help us achieve our fitness potential., Celebrity personal trainer Laura Williams also chatted to us on her thoughts on 2017 health and fitness trends.
It’s very interesting that the latest buzzword of healthy ingredients in the culinary world is Turmeric. Turmeric is well known to help reduce inflammation in the body.
Solgar 7 joint support and comfort for flexibility and mobility contains ingredients which include the natural anti-inflammatories- turmeric and ginger. (£25.99 for 30 tablets)
Solgar Full Spectrum Curcumin is the compound also derived from Turmeric. Also therefore targeting joint pain, inflammation and tenderness. (£27.50 for 30 tablets)
Solgar Extra Strength Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM helps to support healthy joints and cartilage.(£43.00 for 60 tablets)
Solgar Ultimate Bone Support provide the key minerals calcium and magnesium with the vitamin K2 and D3 helping the absorption and support for bone building and support. (£22.99 for 120 tablets)
All these products are really interesting to me as someone who at 60 years old regularly participates in many sports from horse riding to dancing, and already has had significant cartilage wear and tear from being a ballet dancer in my youth.
I am excited to try out these vitamins especially the Solgar 7 as it was shown to have had significantly positive results on a testers over a 90 day period.
To find your local stockist visit www.Solgar.co.uk