Mindful eating can improve our health and can help us to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Making good choices with our diet can seem difficult. There are so many hints and tips out there. Some say low fat, others say low carbs.
Keeping it simple is the key. Almost everyone would agree that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is healthy. Eating them raw is the best way because non of the goodness is destroyed by the cooking process.
Greens are the No. 1 food you can eat regularly to help improve your health,” says Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, a culinary educator in Northern California and the author ofThe Veggie Queen.
Leafy vegetables are brimming with fibre along with vitamins, minerals, and plant-based substances that may help protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and perhaps even cancer.
Eating lots of raw leaves doesn’t sound all that easy though. People often add greens to juices to get the benefits without having to actually eat them.
I prefer to eat mine and to taste them. With almost any meal I put a couple of big handfuls of leaves on my plate first and then put the rest of my meal on top.
Yesterday, for example, I had a plate of spinach and rocket piled with roasted veg and potatoes with tuna steak. I topped it with a little flaxseed oil and some balsamic vinegar. It was delicious. I loved every mouthful.
Eating your meal with leaves slows you down. You automatically focus more on getting the food onto your fork. Your concentration is with the eating process so you taste the food more. Eating slowly also allows you to recognise when you are full.
Give it a try. Be open minded about which leaves you try. There are so many different types all with amazing health benefits. Once they are mixed in with the rest of your meal they taste great, it’s all about the combination of flavours.
Don’t be – leave it? Give it a go!