It’s really important to consider the health of not only yourself, but your family too. Helen from The Think Fit Food Family shares her thoughts on what she has discovered about healthy eating with her subscription to Healthy Food Guide magazine.
The internet contains a wealth of information on healthy eating. However, it is always handy to know that the facts you’re reading are actually facts. So, if you have an interest in health and nutrition (and want to hear it from a reliable source), you like recipes that taste yummy (but are good for you too), then Healthy Food Guide is the magazine for you. It is a magazine that tells you what’s good for you and why without being too ‘preachy’ about it. They don’t try and lay down the law about what you should or shouldn’t eat, but they offer pretty simple and straightforward suggestions for improving your lifestyle.
I always find their articles interesting. They are backed up with facts and scientific evidence, and they frequently dispel some of the myths around healthy eating.
One of the best bits is the recipes, which look so good they make me want to march straight into the kitchen and put on my apron, and I don’t have to feel guilty about cooking them either because I know they’re going to be nutritious.
So what did I learn from the latest issue? I always finish the magazine a little wiser. Rather than tell you about a specific article, I thought I would share with you some of the titbits I gleaned from this month’s issue:
• Be sure to top off your salad with a boiled egg. Egg has been shown to help with the absorption of carotenoids such as lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin from the raw veg. Oily salad dressings do a similar job, but eggs will provide you with other nutrients too.
• A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that a prime time to get your children liking and accepting vegetables is in the first 15 days of weaning.
• 8000 cases of type 2 diabetes a year could be caused by sugar-sweetened drinks and sweetened fruit juices according to a study by the University of Cambridge (wow!).
• People who work irregular hours are more likely to become overweight or obese, and have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
• New guidelines say to have no more than 30g of added sugars, which is equivalent to 7tsps (bear in mind that a 330ml can of coke has about 9tsps!).
• If you choose the Mexican Five Bean Flatbread from Greggs instead of the Mexican Chicken Baguette, you’ll be saving 270kcal!
• 760,000 people in the UK regularly cycle to work.
• You can burn around 127kcal during a 20 minute leisurely cycle to and from the shops, and you can burn 635kcal on a 1 hour hilly bike ride.
• Perfect your running technique to make running easier. Keep your arms at right angles, bend them and swing gently as this will help to propel yourself and stay balanced.
• Diet doesn’t cause ADHD in children. However, a child who has the disorder may be helped with changes to their diet and some regular exercise.
So, for the month ahead I plan to add a boiled egg to my lunches, cycle more often (oh okay, so just once would be an improvement), concentrate on my technique whilst running and I also know what sandwich to pick next time I visit Greggs. I’ve also chosen some recipes I’d like to give a whirl (Indian-style potato and chickpea wraps, I can’t wait!). Hopefully you are feeling enlightened too. If you do read a copy of Healthy Food Guide I hope you enjoy it.
Save money and subscribe to Healthy Food Guide magazine with magazine.co.uk and you can not only save on the cover price, but also learn a lot about improving you and your family’s health and wellbeing. A very worthwhile investment!