There are so many diets and slimming clubs out there that ask you to count calories or points throughout the day to ensure you lose the weight you want to lose. They work, of course they do! People are restricting their calories and that can only lead to one thing – weight loss. So why do I have such a problem with it?
Words like “restricting”, “syns”, “free foods” and “meal replacements” really get my back up! Whilst a person is using these negative terms I truly believe their relationship with food will only be negative. So, yes if you’re looking to lose weight then these clubs will work but what happens when you stop counting the calories, stop counting the points and syns?
In my opinion I think that it needs to be a complete lifestyle change. To achieve this we need to have a positive relationship with food and we need to understand food. It needs to be about nourishing our body and not just about calories. Not all calories are equal and a diet that only focuses on calories and not the nutrients that particular food holds is just not a good diet to follow.
I spoke to a client the other day who told me she had tried several slimming clubs and she felt like she was either “on a diet” or “off the diet” and there was nothing in between. The bit in between is where we need to be!! The bit in between is the magical land of eating to nourish, eating to be healthy and in return you will lose weight if any needs to be lost. Don’t BE on a diet. Just BE healthy. Eat foods to make your heart strong, your bones strong, eat food to cleanse your body, to aid digestion – don’t simple eat foods with few calories to lose weight.
Check out this recipe for an EASY VEGGIE KORMA . I have no idea how many calories it contains but I do know this…..
Good quality organic coconut milk is great for the heart, I know that it contains iron and magnesium. I know that the cauliflower and spinach are a good source of protein, vitamin C, K, B2. I know that chickpeas are a great source of fibre and good for digestion, they play a role in strengthening bones and they contain selenium which helps detoxify certain cancer causing compounds in the body. Finally I know that coriander is great for my skin and good for energy levels and that ginger is great for the immune system.
My point is that if we eat foods like this and move our body regularly we’ll lose any weight that needs to be lost but more importantly you will be giving your body what it needs to run properly. Our body wants to be healthy, it wants to be strong. We’re not designed to be sick, tired and run down. We’re designed to be pretty amazing! So let’s stop focusing on calories and weight loss and shift our focus onto being healthy and strong.
EASY VEGGIE KORMA
3 cloves garlic chopped
Thumb sized piece of ginger finely chopped
Half a red chilli pepper finely chopped
1 onion finely sliced
1 cauliflower chopped
2 large handfuls of spinach
1 large red bell pepper chopped
1x 400g tin of chickpeas
1 x 400g tin of full fat coconut milk
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
3 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon of maple syrup
Juice of half a lime
Fresh coriander chopped and brown rice to serve
• Fry the chopped garlic, ginger and chilli in a little coconut oil after a couple of minutes stir in the curry powder.
• Add the rest of your veg.
• Add the coconut milk, tomatoes, maple syrup and lime juice. Allow to chuckle away to itself over a low – medium heat until you’re ready to enjoy. (Chuckling away to itself = simmering)
• Add the chopped coriander and stir in the spinach until it has wilted. Taste – does it need salt or any black pepper? Serve with the brown rice. The longer you can leave this the better it will taste!