What kind of New Year’s health resolutions are you making?
Wholesome eating doesn’t just affect your physical health, but also your mental health and clarity, as well as how vital and energetic you feel. So with this in mind be confident that healthful changes can be profound if done in the right way and with mindful intention.
Thinking of losing weight as your New Year’s resolution?
If it takes a New Year’s resolution to makes a positive change then I say “bring it on”. First, though, check in with yourself to try and clarify what your intention is behind ‘loosing weight’.
Is it because you want to get rid of the fat around your middle because you think it’s unhealthy? Or is it because of you think you would look better with less weight? Or is it because the fat is metabolically active generating its own hormones and perhaps causing you to fell ‘groggy’ both physically and mentally? Understanding the reason for weight loss helps with the outcome.
My top 8 foods to eat lots of in 2017
Bone Broths –
Bone broths are so healing for your gut and body, helping to reduce bloating, seal up leaky gut and clear the skin. I wrote a whole book about them because they have so many health benefits and there is so much misinformation around about them – take a look at my book The Bone Broth Bible – Bone broth is best if homemade and slowly cooked for a long time so all the goodness is drawn out of the bones and sinew into the broth. However, there are some fab bone broths that you can buy readymade that have the beneficial nutrients in them so there’s lots of the gelatinous goodness. Look for a broth that is firm and jelly-like once cold. Bone broths taste delicious and can be used in many different ways. I have many recipes in my cookbook – take a look at my Green Goddess Risotto recipe here on my food blog from the Bone Broth Bible Cookbook.
Watercress, Wombok cabbage, Radish, Bok choy –
These gorgeous vegetables, plus a number of others in this family of brassica vegetables, are all beneficial for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. They are superstars when it comes to detoxification and high fibre content, great to help get you over the indulgence of Christmas. Because they are so important to your vitality and health, I put loads of recipes in my two cookbooks, The Happy Hormone Cookbook and the Bone Broth Bible to use these fab vegetables.
Black Beans –
Yes, yes, I know farting and all that. Go easy on this one, start slowly, with a small amount. But its benefits are worth it; the bacteria in your colon love this, and that great black coating is full of phytonutrient flavonoids. Research is emerging about benefits to help with Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. In my Happy Hormone Cookbook, I wrote several recipes using black beans both at breakfast and dinner times – a delicious and nutritious example Ranch Eggs with Spinach
Brazil Nuts –
Eating just 3 – 4 Brazil nuts each day gives you a great dose of selenium, and the mineral selenium is important for thyroid health as well as liver detoxification, immunity and wound healing. I throw 4 brazil nuts onto my breakfast each morning or snack on them in the day, easy to do, ticking that box, what are you waiting for.
Sea Vegetables –
Not only do sea vegetables help balance your hormones but plenty of research is being done showing potential beneficial activity in areas such as anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anticoagulant, antithrombotic, and antiviral. They are a rich source of magnesium, calcium and iodine, and are easy to use; Simply buy dried seaweed, soak in water for about 10 minutes (or follow packet instructions), then throw a small handful into your salads or mix amongst your vegetable dishes. Try to buy certified organic sea vegetables because of potential heavy metal contamination. I’ve got a great new salad recipe up on my food blog using Wakame sea vegetable – take a look here – Summer Super Salad
What changes and improvements can you expect to feel?
Go slowly with any changes to what you eat; You want to ease your gastrointestinal tract into change if you’re not used to eating these wholesome foods. However, by making these changes, your body may breathe a sigh of relief and say thank you by rewarding you with increased energy, balanced hormones and potential weight loss!
What about foods that you should aim to cut back on? I think it’s not so much about what to cut back on but more to do with eating plenty the foods listed above each day. That way you effectively kick out some of the foods that are not doing your body any favours, because there’s no room for both. So you move from eating fewer vegetables, legumes, spices, to eating more. Success!