A delicios and easy to make salad, filling and packed with nutrients.
Ingredients ( serves 2 )
- 1 bag of mixed green salad
- 1 packet of king prawns ( ready to eat)
- 1 large avocado
- extra-virgin olive oil
- half a lemon or lime
- a small piece of fresh red chili ( optional)
- sea salt and pepper to season
Put the sald in a bowl, add the chopped avocado and the prwans. Season with a small amount of extra-virgin olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice. You can also add a finely chopped small piece of chili.
Great if you have a cold as the spices help to fight inflammation.
- a small slice of pumpkin
- 2 carrots
- a medium onion
- 1 garlic clove
- a small piece of ginger ( peeled and grated)
- 1/2 organic stock cube ( kalo)
- Cumin seeds
- a tiny sliced piece of red chili
- a dash of turmeric
- a small sprig of thyme
Peel, wash and chop all the vegetable, put them in a pot with all the spices. Add water, bring to boil and then let it simmer for 20-30 min. Puree, serve!
1. You diet too much. Yes, that’s right. Most “calories restricted” diets, will only crash your metabolism, making it all too easy to pile on the pounds as soon as you stop them. The reason behind that, is that your body will “adapt” to survive with less, considerably slowing down your metabolic rate.
2. You don’t eat healthy fat. You need fat to metabolize fat. So in order to “burn” those extra fat cells deposits, you will need a small amount of “good” fats. Fats are essential for important cellular functions, you cannot deprive yourself from them. They also help to give your skin some glow and help prevent wrinkle formation. On top of that, “fat free” food are bound to be laced with sugars and artificial flavorings to make them more appealing to the your taste buds.
3. You don’t sleep enough. Research have shown that lack of sleep has a negative impact on our overall state of health. Prolonged lack of sleep have been linked to anxiety, depression and even cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Lack of sleep will increase the production of the stress hormone “cortisol” which research has shown to be a key player in storing fat around the waistline.
4. You do too much cardio. Whilst cardiovascular activity is necessary both for health and weight loss, too much can be counterproductive. On the contrary strength training has been proven effective in helping burn more calories even post-workout. Building lean muscle is crucial in speeding up our metabolism, therefore to loose weight. A combination of both cardiovascular and strength training seems to be the most effective with regards of weight loss.
5. You worry too much. Too much stress can have a negative effect on both our mental and physical wellbeing. Cortisol will help storing fats, especially around our waistline.
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One of the most common complaints when a new client come to a Pilates class is that “they want to improve their flexibility”.
Despite flexibility being actually defined as “range of motion around a joint” and not the length of the muscles per se, most people will commonly identify flexibility with stretching.
Here are some of the most common stretching mistakes.
- You pulling too much. Stop fighting with yourself. The muscles have a stretch reflex, which means that if it is pulled to much (to the extreme of its own range of movement) it will automatically contract for its own safety.
- You have poor alignment. Are trying to stretch your hamstrings rounding your back and tucking the pelvis? Chances are that you won’t get much results. You have to imagine your muscles like and elastic band and with an insertion and an attachment into our bones via our tendons, so the way we position our body when we stretch is crucial to stretch the right muscle effectively.
- You have muscle imbalances. What often happens is that muscle that we are trying to “stretch” is tight because is trying to compensate for another muscle that is too “weak “. A common example is tight hamstrings trying to compensate for weak gluteals muscles, or superficial muscles trying to compensate for weak deeper stabilizing muscles.
- Relax. If are too tense, your muscle will be tense too. Try to relax when you are stretching, focusing on your breath, and trying to stop any negative thought and worries for a while. Your body will benefit, and your mind too!
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A green goodness soup, filling, nutritious and utterly delicious. Rich in fibers and vegetable proteins, I found this soup great as late evening meal, or for a lite lunch, especially if you have indulged a bit the day before.
- 2 leeks
- a bunch of asparagus
- a cup of broad beans
- a small potato
- 1 organic stock (Kalo)
Serves 2-3 people
Wash the leeks, the asparagus, peel the potato, cut then in chunks and put then in a pot with some water and half of the kalo stock. Bring to boil and the lower the heat and let it simmer. For the broad beans I follow a different procedure s the ones I used were frozen ones, as their skin can be quite thick. I put a steamer on top of the pot, and placed the broad beans there.
After roughly 10-12 min, I took them out, cooled them under cool water and then removed the skin one by one. It sounds a tedious job, but it actually took only few minutes.If the broad beans are fresh then you can put them directly into the pot with the rest of the vegetables.
Let it simmer all for another 15-20 min and then with an immersion mixer liquidize all, until of a creamy “veloute’ ” consistency. Great to serve with a slice of spelt or rye bread. Enjoy!
Packed with nutrients and with only 42 calories per fruit, the humble kiwi is the perfect pick me up snack.
With more vitamin C than an orange, this super-nutritious fruit has a great number of health benefits.
- Rich in Vitamin C and Folate (acid folic)
- Great source of potassioum, for an healthy heart
- Rich in flavonoids for an antioxidants protection
- Good source of copper and manganese
- Contains fibers to promote an healthy digestive system
They are great for the skin, help promote healthy digestive and heart systems, and the both the vitamins C and B will help with metabolic processes to increase energy levels.
See what Medical News Today has to say about kiwis health benefits and contraindications.