Everyone talks about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. And it’s true, fill up with complex carbohydrates and protein at breakfast and that will see you through until lunch. My breakfast at the moment is granola, yoghurt on fruit, maybe toast with peanut butter and a cup of coffee. Massive! Healthy foods but portions are off the scale. I could do better.
I know oats are a bit of a love it or hate it food. I love porridge but I’m the only one in the house that does. This makes it hard to justify boiling some in the morning. If I do get up that bit earlier than usual, I either boil eggs or make porridge. The kids love boiled eggs but the thing about oats is that they are so cheap it’s unbelievable. 30p a bag!!!
My breakfast is so big that I’m not hungry for lunch. Lunches are awkward. But soups are great at this time of year. I’m loving I AM SOUPER at the moment. It’s a range of four soups which are high in protein, low in fat. Ok, all soups are like that but most are found in cans or TETRA PAK® nightmares. But I AM SOUPER 390g cartons are easier to open than their fiddly tin can counterparts. Simply store under your desk so you never have to worry about what’s for lunch ever again – sorted!
I’m really into these new “Tear the top corner open by 2cm and Microwave for 2 minutes” bags that are in the supermarkets. I never got the hang of bean or pulse soaking overnight. I’d need to be organised for that and the consequences of not doing it correctly are dire, well uncomfortable at least. Check out these alternatives to ‘boil in the bag’. Beans, Quinoa, lentils all very good for you but a nightmare if you don’t know what you are doing.
I’m fairly up to speed with what constitutes a healthy meal but one book that I recommend taking a look at is LIVE BETTER AND LONGER by the French doctor Michel Cymes. Michel, who is one of France’s most influential public health experts, has written a very simple, easy to follow guide to living healthier and changing bad habits with a few simple steps. He advocates sensible, fad-free eating combined with exercise, and also gives tips on the best foods to eat. Michel has some great puns and one-liners to lighten what would otherwise be an “eat this because it does this” list. He dispels some modern myths about vitamin and minerals whilst covering a range of topics in a readable and enjoyable nutshell.
Deborah Colson from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) said: “It is great to see that some people understand the importance of diet and lifestyle to healthy ageing. Now we need to make sure that those who are prepared to make changes in order to age well can access the resources they need.”
One of ION’s top tips, and one which I’m very enthusiastic about, is to eat more turmeric. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Curcumin is the main active ingredient which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. I take a turmeric supplement as a capsule every morning.
Finally, ION’s top tip is to remain socially, mentally and physically active. There’s an extensive list of health benefits associated with it, including reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, lower blood pressure and the potential reduction of the symptoms of depression.
After all, it’s what my blog is all about.
Next – exercise