Are you often struggling with your energy levels? Do you have bursts of energy followed by slumps that leave you feeling tired and irritable? Have coffee, tea and sweets become regular boosters that help you get through the day? The afternoon lows in particular seem to have become the norm for most of my clients. I wonder if they are the reason the concept of the English afternoon tea was invented.
What did you eat this morning? Do you regularly skip breakfast, grab something on the go, or do you have the luxury of eating something at home before rushing off? So many people come to me complaining about lack of energy and feeling sleepy in the afternoons. They tend to prop themselves up with a succession of teas and coffees, and snack on biscuits and sweets in attempt to boost their flagging energy levels.
This is a brilliant recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Save with Jamie book, especially if you (and hopefully your children) like sweet potatoes. It’s an easy week night supper, although the roasting of the sweet potatoes takes a bit of time. If you want, you can roast them in advance during the day so that you are ready to prepare the rest of the dish just before dinner time.
This is a recipe my mum used to make when I was a little girl. It’s a real comfort food, and one of my children’s favourites too. There are no hidden vegetables though, but you can’t win on every front every time! Instead it gives you good complex carbohydrates from the brown rice, some good fats from the salmon, and protein and more good fats from the eggs.
This is one of my favourite bulk recipes. By spending about an hour preparing this you’ll get at least three meals out of it, and you can even convert some of it to a Chilli con Carne or use it as a base for a Shepherd’s Pie. I’ve modified the dish from Annabel Karmel’s hidden vegetable sauce recipe and increased the quantities to suit bulk cooking.
The food industry for most part is not there to satisfy our hunger, but to further whet our appetities and to make us feel good about their products. There are very few prepared foods that don’t contain flavour enhancers. Mostly people love the salty-sweet taste that we have grown accustomed to, and don’t even notice that most things taste the same. Studies have even shown that certain combinations of the food additives have an effect similar to that of serotonin (the happiness hormone) in the brain. In this regard the sensation of hunger is very similar to a physical addiction. […]
Did you know that the Metabolic Balance programme is great for any women suffering from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)? One of the main problems of PCOS is a disordered insulin metabolism, which makes it easier to gain weight and more difficult to lose it. Other issues include hirsutism (increased facial hair) and sometimes poor skin condition. The Metabolic Balance programme helps balance the biochemistry behind your metabolism, and specifically supports in normalising insulin levels. It can therefore be a great help for many of these not so pleasant side effects of having PCOS. So not only will you find it […]
I’ve always loved sweet potatoes, especially in soups, or roasted with other vegetables. I then came across a recipe that jazzed up the sweet potato chips even more, so here it is. For those of you following the Metabolic Balance programme, if you have any squash or other root vegetables on your plan, you could happily use sweet potatoes on the occasion as well. You will need: Sweet potatoes, cut into chip shape 1 tsp of cumin 1 tsp of salt pinch of dried chilli flakes (watch out for adding too much, dried chilli can be quite potent!) Mix the […]
So this week is all about getting ready for the holiday. It might be a bit late for a serious bikini diet, but I’m going to give you some simple tricks for a last minute boost. You can also help get the most out of the one or two week blast of the sunshine by feeding your skin with a range of nutrients beforehand. And last but not least, a couple of tips on how to avoid the tummy upsets that tend to go with foreign travel and over eating on holiday. But first things first – the all important […]