Being Slim and looking terrific! This is what we all aspire to be. Well I have some good news for you, it can happen and without too much pain. The first thing you have to remove from your brain is the word Diet. Why you ask? Well if you are like myself you have been yo yo dieting your entire adult life and just the very word makes you feel hungry. We were all informed the only way we are going to lose Weight and look trim taut and terrific is to cut out everything we like and live on lettuce leaves. It doesn’t work does it? We are here to help achieve your ideal body image by changing your lifestyle and once you have a taste of it you… Continue reading
COLUMN BY ANNETTE SYM – IT’S PASTA TIME
Years ago when Italian immigrants arrived they showed us many ways with pasta that we had never heard of and today pasta is a regular on most Aussie dinner plates. They say that pasta is the miracle food and we should be eating more of it so what’s so great about pasta?
- Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates
- Has a low Glycemic Index and very economical
- Pasta is a healthy choice for people with diabetics and also a favourite with bodybuilders and athletes
- Goes with most vegetables and protein and very easy to cook
- Very cheap and can help stretch a meal for those on a budget.
This could explain why it is one of Australia’s most popular meal choices. What I love about pasta is that it’s so… Continue reading
It is amazing how much we eat on Christmas day and just don’t realise. Think about how many times you walk past the nibbles and grab a handful of this or that. It really adds up over the day.
Here are my top 10 Christmas day survival tips:
- Start the day by putting out a little of everything you like onto a plate, e.g. A few cashews, choc almonds, lollies, small slice of Christmas cake and cover with glad wrap. Only go to this plate during the day and once it is all gone then stop.
- Have a little of everything and I mean a LITTLE; a lot of everything is a problem. Food isn’t the only thing Christmas is about, so enjoy family and friends;
- Remember Christmas is only one day of the year so enjoy the day, but… Continue reading
For anyone wishing to lose weight or just eat healthy, salads are normally an important part of meal times. With summer here we tend to eat salads more often. Salad vegetables have little if any fat and are low in kilojoules which means they can be eaten as often and as much as you like. It is recommended that we have five serves of vegetables a day so having a large salad at lunch or with dinner will easily help you to reach your daily requirements. To keep salads healthy and low in fat means some ingredients may need to be used in smaller amounts or avoided altogether. Here are some of the ingredients that can make a salad high in fat and my suggestions on how to make them healthier:-
1. HIGH FAT MAYONNAISES AND DRESSINGS – Instead use… Continue reading
LIGHT TROPICAL CHRISTMAS CAKE
Makes 16 servings
1¼ cups raisins
1¼ cups currants
½ cup candied cherries cut in half
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
½ cup brandy or rum
1 x 15oz can crushed pineapple (in natural juice) Continue reading
RECIPE FROM SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE BOOK 4
500g butterfly pork steaks
2 teaspoons crushed ginger (in jar)
1 cup celery sliced
1 cup fresh green beans sliced
1 cup onion sliced
¾ cup fresh baby corn cut in half
1 cup capsicum sliced
2 teaspoons salt reduced chicken style stock powder (Massel®) Continue reading
I have a few thoughts on this; firstly our metabolism does have to work faster to keep us warm in winter so this could explain why most people say they feel hungrier in winter. Exercise becomes a thing of the past, too cold and dark to walk in the morning. Who wants salads and fruit in winter so grabbing high fat stodgy food is tempting in the cold weather. Being stuck at home getting bored and lonely can also turn us to food for comfort, which wreck havoc with our weight.
As I just mentioned boredom is one of the main culprits of overeating, with nothing to do, you’re stuck at home, it’s raining, it is easy to eat out of boredom which can be dangerous to anyone’s weight loss efforts. This in turn can lead to negative thoughts and… Continue reading
COLUMN BY ANNETTE SYM
In life we often don’t think too far ahead; just getting through each day is a big enough challenge. With every decision we make or action we take, there is either a positive or a negative reaction.
If you are not leading a healthy life and become too busy to plan healthy meals you will suffer the consequences and may end up carrying extra kilos. When you make the time to cook healthy food, the consequences are you will have less chance of gaining weight and you will feel healthy and energized.
Do you live to eat or eat to live? Let’s look at a few questions that may help you understand your choices and the triggers and emotions that may be hindering your health.
Take the time to write the answers to these questions: Start… Continue reading