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Gwyneth Paltrow launched her new cookbook — It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great — at Barnes & Noble this week. Her approach to simple and healthy cooking is really inspiring, and with Winter fast approaching it's the perfect time to stay indoors with a warm and hearty home cooked meal. We can't wait to try some of Gywneth's recipes, but in the meantime, we've selected our top five that will keep your cooler-weather munchies at bay. Who doesn't enjoy a bit of comfort food, right? Click through to shop our top five cookbook picks.
Considering how much I love watching cooking shows, particularly of the reality series variety, it’s embarrassing to admit that I run away from cooking. I’ve grown up with amazing cooks (my mum and aunts) and love eating, but still manage to find excuses to not cook: I’m too tired after a 7 a.m. office start, unpredictable work events mean I’m often grabbing meals on the go . . . the list goes on. But this needs to change. I’m 23 and can’t rely on my parents’ food for the rest of my life. And there’s the simple fact that cooking is not hard — kids can do it! It’s an attitude thing. In the past few weeks I’ve faced my trepidations with a cooking class, tips from 2012 MasterChef second runner-up Audra Morrice, and a couple of easy, delicious and nutritious recipes. Click through to see how I went.
Not all calories are created equal, and while we know the best ones can be found in fresh, whole foods like fruits, veggies, and lean proteins, when it comes to navigating the grocery store, it helps to know which foods we should definitely avoid. We asked a few nutritionists and a registered dietitian to tell us which foods they believe are the worst for women to eat; read on for their picks.
- Dairy: It's "the number one thing I tell my clients to stop eating," says nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution Kimberly Snyder. Besides being a common food allergy, Kim says dairy can leave acidic residue in the body, which can weaken bones. "Nature did not intend for humans to drink the milk of another species, and into adulthood at that! When we go against nature's law, trouble always ensues." Kimberly says she encourages clients to seek out the nutrition they would get from dairy, such as calcium, from plant foods instead.
- Refined carbs: Stay away from these ingredients, advises nutritionist Melissa Costello, author of the Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook. "They do nothing to feed us nutritionally or spiritually," Melissa says. "They drain us of our life force, and women need to have their life force and their energy as they are such an important part of the day-to-day of life!"
- Foods with hidden sugars: It's not just blatantly sweet processed foods you should avoid. Added sugar is everywhere, even in items you'd least expect, like refined bread products, gravies, and condiments. Try to avoid foods that may be hiding sugar, advises registered dietitian Erin Palinski, a spokesperson for ZICO Coconut Water, because too much simple sugar in your diet can "elevate insulin levels, leading to increased storage of dangerous belly fat, elevated triglyceride levels, and even leptin resistance, which can increase the risk for obesity as well as certain cancers, specifically breast cancer." Erin reminds us to read all nutrition labels, choose whole-grain bread, and choose drinks sweetened with natural sugars (like 100 percent fruit juice or coconut water) to help reduce the amount of sugar in our diets.
- Foods with artificial additives: These additives "are just pollution" to your body, says registered dietitian and author of S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim Cynthia Sass, so stick to whole foods instead. "When we eat real, whole foods, the nutrients they provide go to work, to either perform a function or become a structural part of your tissues, from your muscles and bone to skin, immune cells, etc.," she says.
As you might already know, I'm on a week-long challenge of the motivation variety. There's a few things I've lost my mojo for of late — like exercising regularly (read: at all), eating healthily and even just finding the motivation to say no to overzealous social commitments and doing excess overtime at work. I blame my naughty eating habits on being time poor but at the end of the day, I'm also craving comfort foods in a bid to unwind. I know I need to eat smart, and I know need to be better prepared with my snacks. You know what? My meals need to be nutritious but efficient. The logic is there, but the motivation to follow through? Nowhere in sight. I spoke to a couple of experts to see if they could help.
Wake up with a drink; a healthy, warm drink will help get everything moving and flush out toxins. Stick to warm water with lemon or green tea for the best results. Then, opt for something healthy and substantial like this filling flat-belly smoothie. It includes delicious debloating ingredients like blueberries, pineapple, Greek yoghurt, and kale, so sip on this the next day after a busy weekend. Lunch
A belly-flattening lunch should include dark leafy greens and whole grains, since these contain nutrients like fibre and potassium to help you debloat and look your best. This kale and quinoa salad also includes blueberries, which are known to help shrink your belly. Read on for the rest of the plan.
Earlier this week, I began detailing my thoughts on food, health and diet as a way of making sense of all the new trends and expert advice we receive so often. I got up close and personal with the way I approach cooking, I tried my hand at green smoothies and the whizz-bang machine that makes the process easier, I spoke to nutritionist Amanda Powell on the latest diet fads that were confusing me, and I even gave you my own tips on how to create healthy but tasty meals at home. To sum up my food ethos simply, I've realised that the older I've gotten, the more I care about what my body looks like on the inside rather than the outside. When I'm healthy, I feel and look good, and that's worth so much more to me than any fleeting or celebrity-inspired diet. Click through the gallery for a last look at what nourishment means to me, and stay tuned for next week's series where Alison seeks motivation.
Non-herbal teas — those of the black, green, white, and oolong variety — contain high amounts of flavenoids, or antioxidants that help reduce the risk of getting certain diseases, boosting immunity and helping heart health. Drinking tea is a good habit to have, but are you harnessing the power of your mug? Read these tips for making sure you're getting the most antioxidant power out of your drink.
- Know your steep times: Steeping draws out tea's catechins, so keep your tea in your mug longer to take advantage of these antioxidants. If you're worried about getting a high dose of caffeine in your strong cups of tea, then switch to decaffeinated — the antioxidant makeup of decaffeinated tea is still strong.
- Don't add milk: Adding milk to your tea may be a treat, but if you're looking to benefit from tea's disease-fighting power, then keep it away from your cup. Studies have shown that milk strips tea of its health effects; one study found that soy milk similarly decreased the health effects of tea as well.
- Add these instead: Certain items actually increase the antioxidant levels of tea, so go ahead and add them to your mug. Citrus fruits like lemon and lime, for example, have been shown to maximise the effectiveness of green tea's catechins, while cinnamon, honey, and nutmeg all are antioxidant-rich foods in their own right (and make great tea additions).