There are so many ideas around these days for delicious ways to eat super healthy food. Gone are the days when eating well meant bland or boring meals. But just because something is healthy, does it really mean you can eat as much of it as you like?
Many popular healthy food gurus claim to never ever count calories, just to consider the good you are doing for your body. Whilst this is sound advice, the fact remains that if we do eat more food than the energy we burn, we are still likely to gain weight and to get the benefits of any healthy eating regime there still needs to be an element of balance.
The following 10 foods, for example, regularly feature in healthy recipes these days. They are all so good for you, packed with nutrients and good fats. Best of all, they taste delicious both on their own or combined with other ingredients.
- Nut Butters
- Coconut Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Coconut Milk and Cream
- Dark Chocolate
- Chia Seeds
- Full Fat Yoghurt
All we need to do with these power-packed goodies is eat them mindfully. By this, we mean to consider the following:
- Remember that one diet does not fit all. Ella Woodward, healthy food blogger and cookbook author, writes passionately about her food and recipes and with good reason - they live up to the delicious claim and are packed with great natural ingredients. Ella’s back story however originates with a serious auto immune condition that she successfully addressed by making dietary changes that were right for her and her levels of activity and physiology. She was also a model. Always consider yourself as the unique entity that you are and take time to tweak a regime for your own needs.
- Think about your big picture in context of your meal and your daily and weekly food intake. For example in terms of a meal, if your salad is heavy on green leafy veg, a good portion of avocado is fine. If however you have lots of nuts, lashings of oil-based dressings and handfuls of seeds, you need to think about portion control. If you have a big breakfast and a rich lunch, you will need to go light for dinner and maybe go easy on the almond butter filled Medjool dates!
- If embarking on a new healthy regime, allow your body and mind time to adapt to its benefits. When you start eating food containing the ingredients above, it’s likely you will be so excited that you will not want to stop eating them. Whilst you may overeat initially, this will calm down as you become more used to them. It takes 6 – 12 months for the body to totally adapt to a new way of eating.
- Take the time to savour and enjoy every mouthful of your healthy meals; consider the tastes and textures. Sit down to eat and consider how hungry you are before you prepare any meal and prepare your meals and snacks accordingly.
- Remember the foods that are nutrient-dense but low in fat that can bulk up a meal and make the tastier elements go further. It is very unlikely that you will overeat any green leafy veg!
So, enjoy your healthy food! It’s okay to forget calories, just remember to balance things out and be mindful.