Eating For Two? Think Again.

Eating For Two? Think Again.

If you’re an expecting mother unsure about what or how much to eat, this post in collaboration with FoodBaby is for you.

We realise the importance of having to eat enough when you’re eating for two- but that doesn’t mean you need to literally eat for two!

Pregnant women are recommended to eat a few extra servings in some particular food categories like grains, legumes and protein for that extra nutrition. Fats and sugars however, are suppose to be enjoyed in moderation, no matter if you are pregnant or not.

There are numerous negative side effects to eating too much during pregnancy. Overeating can increase your unborn child’s risk of being born overweight or obese and in turn increasing their chances of becoming overweight or obese as an adult and developing heart disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and respiratory problems.

To ensure your baby get’s the best nutritional womb care, simply swap the processed junk food for fresh healthy food and ensure you don’t over do it on portion sizes.

Here are some healthy snack substitutions that are sure to satisfy any sort of craving you may have!

Craving something sweet?

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  • Instead of sugary lollies, pick fruit. 
    In season now are delicious berries like strawberries and blueberries, which are packed with antioxidants. Also reach for papaya, mango, oranges or rockmelon. Fruit contains natural sugars which are good for you, but too much can be like having candy. Stick to the 2 fruit and 5 veg a day and you’ll be ok 😉
  • Instead of ice cream, go for blended frozen fruit.
    From mixed berries to mango to banana, there are so many flavour combinations you can make. Blend fruit in a blender and then freeze in a tray over night. The next day you will have your own healthy version of ice cream!

Craving something sour?

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  • Instead of a sour snakes, go for sour fruit or greek yoghurt. 
    Go for acidic fruits like pineapple or oranges, even squeeze some lemon or lime on your favourite fruit – it doesn’t only add a sour element,  it actually brings the flavour out!

Craving something savoury?

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  • Instead of hot chips or crisps, go for baked veggie chips or rice crackers.
    Baked kale chips, eggplant or sweet potato rings with a splash of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt does the trick perfectly! Enjoy rice crackers with some hummus or replace the crackers with celery, carrot, cucumber or capsicum sticks for an even healthier snack.

Happy healthy snacking!

Leah & Xixi x

This post is a collaboration with Foodbabyau to give you the best tips for healthy eating. Check our their original post here

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Easy Ways to Improve Your Diet

Easy Ways to Improve Your Diet

Want to make a change but finding it really hard to suddenly swap all the bad food for good? Here are 10 ways for you to revamp your diet without changing your lifestyle too drastically.

  1. Swap apple juice for an apple.
    Don’t be fooled. Just because it says ‘fruit’ it doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you. in fact, fruit juices contain if not more, then just as much sugar than soft drinks. Coca Cola has 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar – That’s 10 teaspoons per serve! While a serve of apple juice actually has 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar, that’s 9.8 teaspoons per serve. While fruit juices have small amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they lack fibre and are packed with sugar. The bottom line is, fruit juice do not replace a serve of fruit, they are nutritionally poor! Grab and apple, not only will it keep the doctor way, it’s way easier and less time consuming than getting out a class and pouring the juice in it.
  2. Eat chips from a bowl.
    Studies show your brain doesn’t register when to stop eating when you eat chips straight from the packet. You’re likely to binge more eating this way than if you had poured a finite amount into a bowl. When you see what you have in front of you, your brain registers what and how much you are eating and will alert you to stop when it has had enough. Better yet, why not scrap chips all together and make tasty oven baked kale chips instead!
  3. Choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate.
    Dark chocolate actually contains half the sugar of milk chocolate. Researches found that a small amount of dark chocolate can aid arterial health, reducing chances of artery blocking. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has shown to boost the pleasure circuit in your brain. Opt for a 70% bitter-sweet dark chocolate, perhaps one square to treat yourself. Everything in moderation.
  4. Choose popcorn instead of chips.
    As long as it’s not popcorn from the cinemas, which contains a lot of butter and sugar, make your own popcorn at home instead. Experts say home-popped popcorn contains no sugar, 1g of fat and 90 calories per a 25g serving as opposed to more than 1000 calories for popcorn at the movies.
  5. Don’t eat with distractions.
    Eating in front of the TV or at your desk in front of the computer can cause you to eat 40% more than you would if you were focusing only on your food at the dinner table. Without realising it, you eat more as your brain is being distracted, focusing on the TV or computer and not the act of eating. Also, eating breakfast on the run is considered a distraction and can cause you to eat more too. When you focus on your eating you are more mindful and aware about what and how much you are eating and your brain will register when it is satisfied.
  6. Don’t gobble your food down.
    It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register it is full. The slower you eat, the better, you could save up to 70 calories by eating slower and for 30 mins. Try be the last on the table to finish your food. Slow and steady wins the race.
  7. Wake up earlier.
    Being an early bird can improve your health and help lower body fat. It helps to kick start your metabolism, working longer in a day and therefore burning more calories. Ensure you go to bed early and get enough sleep as bad sleeping patterns and sleep apnea can lead to weight gain. Adults need at least 7-9 hours sleep, kids 3-6 need 10-13 while 6-17 need 8-11 hours.
  8. Don’t skip breakfast.
    They weren’t lying when they said ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day.’ Eating breakfast minimises your chances of binging later in the day, as your hunger would have been satisfied until lunch time. Breakfast speeds up your metabolism and boosts energy levels in the morning. Kids who skip breakfast may have a deficiency in fibre, vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium and zinc. Those who eat breakfast are more successful at losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight.
  9. Swap white flour pasta for whole-grain varieties.
    Whole-grain pasta is significantly higher in fibre than refined, white flour pasta. White flour products are actually bleached to appear their white/yellowish colour, this means they are high in ingredients that are hard to pronounce and have been highly processed. They also contain less than half the amount of vitamin B and minerals as whole grains. Despite it’s darker colour, whole-grain pasta tastes the same but contains fewer calories, 25% more protein and three times more fibre than traditional white pasta.10. Instead of bread, reach for a wrap.
    Even better, swap that slice of bread for a whole-grain wrap. A wrap has about 100 calories while one slice of bread has 250 calories! Wraps are a significantly healthier choice. If you are out for lunch, most cafes sell wraps. Opt for a salad or veggie wrap over a calorie dense sandwich.

    By Leah

Put An End To Junk Food Cravings

Put An End To Junk Food Cravings

Junk food is one of the leading causes of childhood obesity and can increase your risk of developing diabetes, dementia, heart disease and respiratory problems in adulthood.

So how can we avoid these horrible health problems? By stopping what is making us want junk food so bad. Cravings.

What is it about nutrient-void, calorie high junk food that is so addicting we just can’t help but crave them?

Foods like chocolate and lollies that are high in sugar or hot chips and crisps that are high in salt and saturated fat are made to make you feel good. The reason being they increase your serotonin levels which gives you pleasure and makes you feel calm and relaxed in return.

Junk foods are also designed to trick your brain into thinking your body is receiving the right nutrients. They feed you just enough calories so your brain registers it is getting some energy but not too much so your brain doesn’t register you are full. The result is you end up craving these foods and usually tend to overeat.

While they may trick you into feeling good in the short-term, don’t be fooled. Junk food is highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, and salt offering little to no nutritional value to your body. They feed your body things it isn’t made to digest and leads to one putting on weight, increasing their chances of becoming obese.

In the long-term junk food has detrimental affects on your body and brain. Chocolate and greasy fast foods are your skin’s worst nightmare contributing to acne and skin irritations. Sugary foods like cookies, ice cream, juices, doughnuts and lollies are detrimental to your teeth, strenuous on your organs, can contribute to depression and affect your memory and your brain’s ability to learn.

So, how can you kick these junk food cravings?

Well thankfully, the less junk food you eat, the less you crave it. So, help curb those cravings today by getting to know the right healthy food alternative for your body. Here is a list of the popular foods people crave, and their healthy substitutes:

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By Leah