We all know that all too familiar thought ‘I shouldn’t be eating this.’ But did you know that when our body craves certain foods it is actually telling us something? Listening to our bodies is vital to achieving wellness. So satisfying those demanding cravings without the guilt is quite possible and dare I say it… easy. As in one word easy: swap.
Eating well doesn’t have to feel like a young ‘trick or treater’ receiving an apple on Halloween.
Though at times eating well can indeed feel as overwhelming as a candy crazed ‘trick or treater’. It seems as each week passes a new super-food makes its claim to fame. We hear about these foods everywhere, but what on earth do we do with them? How do we make kale a part of our diet and enjoy it!?
It’s important to understand that most ‘nasties’ are not the meals themselves that we prepare, but the ingredients that we use to make them. Throughout my years of practicing clean eating I have stumbled across many foods with amazing benefits for all-round wellness. Many of us know these foods and their health qualities, but knowing how and where to incorporate them can have a deterring effect.
Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are -Jeane Anthem Billiat-Savarin
The simple answer is using these hero foods as substitutes for foods that appear in your every day diet. For example did you know that green tea has just as much caffeine as regular coffee? So why not make the easy swap and get your morning energy boost along with a metabolism and vitality boost too?
Here are some of my favourite ways to swap these heroes into your life:
- Swap your morning coffee for a mug of green tea.
- Why: Green tea boosts metabolism, and detoxifies- so it’s the perfect way to kick-start your day.
- Substitute sugar in your tea for a teaspoon of honey.
- Why: Honey is filled with anti-oxidants and is also anti-bacterial, so it’s perfect for an irritated throat.
- When adding seasoning to your cooking focus on herbs and spices rather than salt.
- Why: Your dish will be jam-packed with flavoursome goodness without the dehydrating, artery clogging effects of sodium.
- Ditch the sweets and ice creams for some pieces of frozen mango.
- Why: Mangos alkalise our body and help digestion. They are perfect for beating the bloat and clearing our skin. No more sugar spots!
- Stop snacking on potato crisps and try oven baked kale and/or sweet potato chips (so much yummier than it sounds)!!
- Why: Just as crispy, these low carb crisps are the perfect snack. Kale is rich in many awesome things including iron and fibre. Perfect with a pinch of salt and drizzle of olive oil.
- Befriend avocado instead of using butters and spreads.
- Why: I could devote an entire blog to the benefits of avocado. Your body often craves good (monounsaturated) fatty acids, but confuses it for craving junk. Avocados are incredibly rich in essential oils for your hair, skin and nails, and are loaded with fibre for gut health.
- Replace store-bought sauces and dressings for fresh lemon
- Why: Despite tasting highly acidic, lemons actually alkalise our body, detoxifying and cleansing our insides. Not to mention they are packed with vitamin C for immunity.
I feel as though we have built enough trust to start talking about swapping pasta for zucchini… behold zucchini pasta. By peeling through a zucchini you will get strips of goodness, which can be cut into any desired shape. Fry lightly with a small amount of olive oil and you have a tasty, healthy alternative to form your favourite pasta dishes!
There you have it… no more excuses, so get swapping for a more vibrant you!