I had an interesting conversation with a new client a few weeks ago. As I do in all initial consultations, I asked about her dieting history, both in terms of what helped her lose weight & what hindrances she might have faced in the past. Prior attempts to weight loss included:
- Eliminating carbs from her diet
- Eating one meal a day
- Replacing meals with juices
In other words, she associated weight loss with deprivation. With quick-fix diets that promote various kinds of restriction (e.g. food groups on calories) constantly sprouting up, unfortunately healthy eating has morphed into being some kind of punishment. Rather than focus on foods that need to be removed from one’s diet, healthy living needs to be viewed in a more positive light i.e. an opportunity to adopt new habits that are sustainable. While fostering a more positive approach to one’s diet can certainly boost one’s morale & consistency, adding in healthy habits will also gradually crowd out the less healthy choices so that they occur less frequently.
Rather than drastic overhauls, it’s the small changes that add up to huge results in the long run. From drinking an extra litre of water to working out more & switching to whole grains, the options are endless. One of my favorites is to eat more veggies. Containing a number of vitamins, minerals & so many other nutrients, even eating an extra serving of veggies daily can boost the nutrition of one’s overall diet. It’s no wonder that despite their fundamental differences, both Vegan & Paleo diets promote the consumption of veggies. However with dishes like mushy Brussels sprouts & wilted lettuce, it’s no wonder so many people still shudder at the mention of veggies. Between pairing raw veggies with a delicious dip like Red Pepper Hummus, roasting them to enhance their overall flavor or even just sautéing them with a drizzle of olive oil & balsamic vinegar, there’s no longer a reason for veggies to taste bland.
Lately my personal favorite way to eat my veggies has been in the form of a Peanut Stir Fry. You guys, I could this every day for the rest of my life and die happy. It’s literally pan-licking delicious…not that I would know or anything ;). If you’re allergic to peanuts, rest assured that this tastes equally delish with almond butter instead. For a gluten-free alternative, liquid aminos would work fine in place of the soy sauce.
- 2 ½ cups of chopped veggies
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped scallions
- Crushed peanuts
- In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, hot water, soy sauce, lime juice & scallions until well-combined. Set aside.
- Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add veggies & sauté until tender, about 4-5 minutes.
- Turn off heat & mix in peanut sauce. Stir well to coat.
- Garnish with peanuts & serve either hot or cold.
- i) This tastes great with just about any veggie- my favourites include mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage & lotus root
- ii) If you're allergic to peanuts, replace peanut butter with almond butter or soy nut butter
- iii) For a gluten-free alternative, replace the soy sauce with liquid aminos
What healthy habit have you recently added into your life?