|Susie’s Tips for the Week Ahead – To Paleo or not to Paleo?
I have not previously written anything about a ‘Paleo’ diet simply because I have to be honest with you – I am not really sure what eating ‘Paleo’ really means. To me, lashings of coconut oil, nuts and slabs of meat may appear to be something a cave man would eat, but are not necessarily are that healthy a dietary mix.
On closer look, a Paleo diet appears to be whatever you want it to be – brownies made with coconut oil and almond flour but definitely no gluten. No dairy but almond milk is ok. No olive oil but plenty of baked goods dripping in coconut oil. On a Paleo Diet I get that grains, dairy and sugars are bad. But I do not get how almond meal, coconut oil and lots of meat are suddenly good.
Sure, unprocessed food is the best choice for us but high fat choices are not necessarily, just because they are labelled Paleo. So, by all means rid your diet of processed foods, but just because you are eating Paleo does not give licence to pack your diet full of fat from nuts, coconut oils and meat. Cave men ate lean; they ate sporadically and they probably did not eat much at all, let alone much coconut oil, which I think is something to ponder anyway.
Food Tip of the Week –Should you swap to A2 milk?
A2 milk has been around for some time and refers to milk that contains a different type of protein than the protein commonly found in cow’s milk. Early evidence suggests that the A1 protein may be linked to diabetes and heart disease, resulting in marketers selling A2 milk for its health benefits, A new study being released on Wednesday night is rumoured to show powerful new evidence about the clear health benefits of A2 milk so stay tuned. Do I buy A2 milk, no but would I buy it for my child, probably yes, so until Wednesday, you be the judge and I will keep you posted.
Product of the Week – Sanitarium Get Energised High Protein Weetbix - http://www.sanitarium.com.au/products/breakfast/weet-bix/energize
With 11g of protein per serve and almost no sugar, I you are going to have cereal for breakfast, this is the cereal option for you.
Recipe of the Week – Chicken San Choi Bau
A great way to enjoy Asian foods without the carbs
500g chicken breast
1 tablespoon sesame or sunflower oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 cup snow peas, finely chopped
1 cup grated carrot
½ cup Spring onions, finely chopped
½ cup water chestnuts, finely chopped
½ cup cashew nuts, chopped
12 large lettuce leaves
1) Poach chicken over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and let cool, then shred.
2) Mix oil, soy, honey and vinegar. Add chicken and allow to marinate for 30-60 minutes in fridge.
3) Add vegetables and serve in lettuce cups.
Total Calories = 320
Carbs = 15g
Protein = 25g
Fibre = 4g
Your Body – Could you run a ½ Marathon - http://www.smhhalfmarathon.com.au/
We know from the coaching psychology literature that outcome is significantly more likely when goals are set, so my question to you this morning is, ‘what training goals have you got for yourself ATM?”. With just over 2 months until the Sydney 1.2 Marathon, entry in a big race could be just what you need to motivate you to take your training to the next level. And, the good news is that it is not too late to register!
Your Life – How do you spend your evenings?
Evenings can be a tricky time – they can be busy, and see us out battling calories from restaurant meals and from functions, or they can spent at home in front of the TV and computer, often munching away as we go. If you find yourself spending many a night in front of the computer or TV munching away, it is time to take control.
Identifying the emotion surrounding your eating is the first step – are you eating because you are bored, lonely or out of habit? Next, find something to do other than sit in front of a screen eating – schedule outings with friends, find a hobby or start studying – once you have directed action most evenings you are less likely to fall into your old habit of mindless munching. And finally, commit to eating one small snack after dinner and nothing else. Once you have made this commitment it is powerful declaration to help guide your behaviour and instead focus on something more meaningful and important than eating crap food late at night,
‘The best exercise?’ ‘Push that plate away’