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5 simple ingredients to introduce to your diet...

  • Hazel Butterfield
  • 28 March 2018 12:03

There’s so many people I know that do a complete overhaul of their diet to get back in shape for a particular event, for short periods of time and then go back to bingeing again. Why? Introduce good habits to a normal everyday diet.

5 simple ingredients to introduce to your diet...

 

The smaller steps are more gradual and not a shock to the system, enabling your body to adjust healthily. Therefore it feels less like a ‘punishment’! Then as you start to see the changes there is an encouraging #EatWell #FeelBetter vibe that will start to take over.

Chia
You can pretty much add it to anything. One of my favourites is cooking up some fruit, dolloping a decent portion in it and leave it over night to soak up the juice then add it to yoghurts, cereal, ice cream or even on it own. It’s lush.
Benefits:

 

Apple Cider Vinegar
This is not a new one but it’s so simple to integrate - and cheap! Get it from Holland & Barrett or Amazon. If you’re a Pinterest fan, the pages are covered with gut busting Apple Cider Vinegar miracles, predominantly with warm water and lemon. I tried this and it was not the most amazing tasting routine, I suggest necking a shot every day and/or using it regularly in dressings and sauces. 

It’s great to help detox your liver, aid with weight loss, maintain your body’s alkaline ph level, reduce heartburn and help combat candida. It’s even good to use on tour face and hair too!

What is Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother?
In short, it is apple cider vinegar that still has the culture of beneficial bacteria that turns regular apple cider into vinegar in the first place.

 

Chilli 

This gets the system working. Flushing out any nasties sitting in your gut, kills and clears a variety of nasties. It’s a key ingredient to cure so much and gives any dull dish an tasty edge to it.
It also makes you drink lots of water, win win.

 

Water 

Free from the tap. It fills you up, hydrates your body, clears your skin and has no sugar, unlike all those ‘healthy’ fruit smoothies. It really is the easiest, cheapest and healthiest habit to instil in your diet. Even when you get a snack craving, set a habit/rule of necking a glass before you do, you’ll be surprised how often you still want the snack afterwards. Did I mention it’s free? 

 

Fermented food / Sauerkraut

Although you can buy a variety of pickles and sauerkraut in supermarkets and health shops, it’s surprisingly easy to make. You can make it a tad more appealing too! Check this recipe out.

Benefits:
The health benefits of sauerkraut include its ability to enhance digestive health, increase blood circulation, protect heart health, provide energy, stimulate the immune system, strengthen bones, reduce the overall cholesterol levels, eliminate inflammation, protect against certain cancers, and even improve vision and skin health.

If you’re lacking in inspiration with these 5 ingredients, you can’t fail on Pinterest. Literally just type in whichever one you are going to eat, add a few of your favourite foods or whatever is left in your fridge and see what concoctions it comes up with. I’m such a fan.

Level it out though, reward your good behaviour... All hail the Espresso Martinis!

 

Let me know how it goes or if you have a wonder ingredient to share.