In my book, Eat, Nourish, Glow, I share all of my principles for healthy eating. As you will know, I believe that one of the most important factors is preparation – how you prepare your kitchen, how you prepare your food and how you shop are all essential to staying healthy.
Good oils to use
I firmly place coconut oil in my top ten must-have ingredients, as it’s one of the most versatile fats to be cooking with. I ensure that I always cook with coconut oil because it has a better tolerance for heat than olive oil. When making salads and dressings, I reach for cold olive oil.
The oils that you really want to avoid are vegetable oils, as these are highly processed, such as sunflower oil. I advise sticking with coconut oil, butter - if you are fine to eat dairy - and olive oil.
Choosing good quality salt
I am a big fan of salt and always use it in my cooking, as it gives excellent flavour. Lots of my clients are afraid of using salt – they think that it’s bad for their health. The kinds of salts we want to avoid are the processed and refined types that are usually found in ready meals or standard table salt. My favourite is pink Himalayan salt and sea salt, they give great flavour and are also an excellent source of additional minerals.
Choosing alternatives to milk
There is now such a wide variety of milks, meaning dairy isn’t your only option. I believe that everyone should get out of their comfort zone and try the new nuts and seeds options that are available now.
They’re also really easy to make: choose your nut/seed (or grain) of choice, soak in water overnight, pop them in a blender with fresh water and then blend until smooth and strain – easy.
Green leafy vegetables
We know that our diets need to be predominantly plant-based, so making sure that you always have a nice supply of fresh and, preferably, organic vegetables is key.
The most important vegetables that I ensure I have in my diet are dark green leafy vegetables. Items such as broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts and cabbage are all sources of phytonutrients, which really are a life force for our cells and studies show they may help in preventing some cancers and keep our immune system strong.
Spice things up
I am passionate about the fact that healthy eating doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Lots of people have the misconception that it’s similar to eating bird food but if you’re clever with herbs and spices, you can really add great flavour and variety to your cooking.
I suggest using cinnamon, as this is great for reducing sugar cravings, and chilli is great for speeding up the metabolism. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. Try a new spice every week and get creative with new flavours.
Be particular about your protein
If you are eating animal proteins, it’s extremely important to know where it is reared and how it is treated. My main concern is making sure that it’s organic and has been humanely treated.
This also applies to fish, opt for wild fish where you can. It’s essential that you’re always making sure that you’re getting good quality protein into your meals each day, but it doesn't need to be animal protein, that's a personal choice.
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