New year, new you?!
Don’t believe the hype, don’t do the detox. If you are anything like me you ran around in the weeks leading up to Christmas working, buying, searching on websites for that “must-have” present, sending Christmas cards, making costumes, deciding on whether to buy turkey or goose, comforting overtired children and planning blog posts that never materialised.
Then Christmas came, if you spent it with family, that brings with it all that wonderful mayhem and madness. Followed by New Year, another gorgeous gathering with delicious food and drink. Then last week, the kids went back at school and according to all the papers and media you are expected to have healthy new resolutions and go on a detox and/or exercise regime of some sort.
Now hang on a minute. You have just spent a month running around like crazy and suddenly because the decks are clear (if you have done your tax?!) you have to focus on a new project – your health! My advice? Don’t go on a regime of any sort. Being healthy is about moderation (generally) all year round. Not yo-yoing between over and underconsumption.
Forget the detox. And don’t feel guilty about it. Be kind to yourself. Make a fresh juice or smoothie daily. Make sure you hare getting your vitamin D (more on that in another post). Ease yourself back into the exercise gradually and if you want that cake *whispers* have it! Give your body and mind time to recoup after the christmas madness. Sleep, eat well and care for the carer. And when you are ready, yes go on a diet if you want to loose a few kilos and definitely get into exercise. For now even if its a short run or a walk for that matter, its all going in the right direction.
Make a mental note of how much fruit and veg you’ve had today. Think of ways to increase this tomorrow.
But don’t beat yourself up for what you aren’t doing, give yourself a pat on the back for what you ARE doing.
My favourite seasonal juice right now is 2-3 carrots, 1-2 apples, 2 oranges, some ginger and a chunk of lemon. This is my breakfast in the chaos of the weekday morning.
If I have a little more time and I want a proper breakfast I make a Morning Knickerbocker Glory. It can keep you going ’til lunchtime and doesn’t take long to make either. If you get hungry in between – snack on some fruit and/or veg.
Apples are in season at the moment but I am missing blueberries and have found a local company, called Trehane that grows them locally and sells them frozen all year round, you can even go and pick your own in the Summer. I checked with my local supermarket and their frozen blueberries are from Chile so are off limits, unless the packaging states that they are grown in the UK, its unlikely that they are.
If you can remember to in the Summer, its worth freezing blueberries or other soft fruit for a Winter treat.
You can make the granola on a Sunday night, its easy, and will last a few weeks.
For the Granola
115g jumbo oats
115g spelt porridge oats (if you can’t find spelt use porridge oats)
50g sunflower seeds
50g pumpkin seeds
50g hazelnuts roasted (or pecans)
30g almonds chopped
50g maple syrup (most recipes use honey but maple syrup is lower in sugar)
50ml sunflower oil
Pre-heat the oven to 140C/275F/Gas mark 1.
Mix all the ingredients together and put on a baking tray and bake for 50 minutes.
To make your fruit compote with berries (about 100g), just put in a shallow saucepan and heat through until all are defrosted and warm and going a bit like a Jam.
If you are stewing apples, peel, core and slice, and put in a saucepan with a little water and maybe a handful of raisins or sultanas. When they are cooked through drain, and mix with a pinch of cinnamon
Then create layers of fruit, granola and low fat organic yogurt (greek yogurt is great for young kids, but it’s high in saturated fat – so save it for puddings rather than an everyday meal like breakfast). You want about 50g of granola and about 120g of low fat yogurt.