‘The food you eat can be the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison’
Your evening meal is a great chance to pack in nutrition. It is easy to think you can’t possibly cook a healthy meal when you come home tired and exhausted after a long day, and instead opt for a ready meal or take-away, eaten in front of the TV, barely noticing the food until it is all finished. But healthy food doesn’t need to take ages to prepare, can be done very simply and quickly and can do wonders for your feelings of wellbeing.
A quick and easy meal could be popping a piece of omega 3-rich fish or a chicken breast into the oven, tossed in a mixture of lemon juice, salt and pepper and olive oil, to cook for around 20 minutes. Meanwhile you could put some brown rice on the stove to boil. Slice some fresh vegetables, say some courgettes and peppers, which you can then sauté in some coconut oil whilst the fish or chicken is cooking. Serve all this with some rocket and cherry tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil thrown on top. The whole process only takes about half an hour – about the same time it would take to put a ready-made meal into the oven to cook.
Ready-made meals and pre-prepared sauces are full of excessive salt, sugar, thickeners and additives to preserve them and make them taste good. These things are not necessary in our diets and have no nutritional value. Try to think of each meal as an opportunity to nourish yourself and create a feeling of health and wellbeing, rather than just to fill yourself up. If you can begin to change this mindset you may find the sort of food you gravitate towards at mealtimes will also change.
When you cook for yourself you don’t use additives and thickeners, you don’t add sugar to savoury food, and you get to control the amount of salt used. Stock up on some fresh bunches of herbs and ground spices to bring more flavour to your meals – experiment with adding chopped herbs to vegetables before roasting in the oven or rubbing fish with spices before baking.
Try preparing some simple, nutritious meals with an emphasis on wellbeing and see how you feel. Focus on your food as you eat it, notice the fresh flavours and make sure you chew each mouthful slowly and thoughtfully. Do you feel different after eating this kind of food compared to a stodgy ready meal or a heavy take-away in front of the television? Do you have more energy, increased well-being and feel good about yourself having taken charge of what you put in your body?
When you take charge of small things in your life your sense of wellbeing increases. It might even lead to you feeling that you can now look at the bigger issues in your life.