Everyday Improvements: Part 3
Small Changes That Make A Big Difference
There are some small changes that can make a big difference, read on to find out more.
Bringing Your Lunch To Work
Often when we’re busy it’s tough to find the time to pre-prepare our lunch and bring it to work with us. This means we tend to dash out on our lunch break (with Lushington Chiropractic located in Eastbourne town centre we are spoilt for choice – good and bad!) and buy whatever is convenient and tasty. Unfortunately, it’s often tasty because it’s laden with sugar, salt, preservatives and flavourings in order to extend its supermarket shelf life. Even simple food like bread can contain these chemicals. If you’ve ever made your own bread at home you will know that it goes stale within 2-3 days. Compare this to a supermarket loaf, which can stay soft for weeks and you’ll notice the difference in truly fresh food.
Switching out pre-packaged, processed lunches and bringing your own homemade lunches to work instead can make a big difference to your health. You know what’s going into them, so there are no hidden sugars and preservatives and no hidden calories. Salads, wholemeal sandwiches, soups and stews are all healthy and will maintain stable blood sugar for your working day. Vacuum flasks will keep your hot food hot, which is nicer through winter. You’ll also save an awful lot of money over the year.
Baking Not Buying
In today’s supermarkets it’s incredibly easy to buy pre-made sweet treats. Often, they are located right by the checkouts to tempt us as we queue, which is particularly sneaky, but it does work! In days gone by treats like cakes and biscuits were actually treats, baked at home and enjoyed once or twice a week. Nowadays we are having these treats so often that they are part of our daily diet. No longer an indulgence, sugar is a regular part of our lives and we crave it most when we are tired and overworked.
It would be unrealistic to suggest cutting out sugar completely from our diets. Some people may be able to manage it, but most of us, myself included, would find it very difficult indeed. Making a switch to homemade treats has many benefits. We still enjoy the treat, but it becomes even more pleasurable and satisfying knowing that we have made it ourselves. Because there is no need to have a month-long shelf life we don’t add all the nasty preservatives and additives that the supermarkets need to so it is slightly better for us, or at least less bad for us. Also the effort that we have to put in, in order to make our own cakes or biscuits means that we won’t be doing it every day, and as a result we will be eating less of it.
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Two lovely Paleo recipes that I wanted to share with you all.
Savoury Bacon and Maple Meatballs
1lb breakfast sausage (no sugar added)
1 sweet potato
4oz button mushrooms (I used half a container of sliced button mushrooms)
½ yellow onion, peeled
2 tablespoons maple syrup
5-6 slices of bacon
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place your bacon slices in a pan over medium heat. Cook on both sides until crispy, place on a paper towel to soak up the excess fat and cool, then dice up into small pieces that would fit well in meatballs.
3. Place your sweet potato in a food processor with the shredding attachment. Shred your sweet potato, remove contents, then shred it once more. You want it pretty fine.
4. Then shred your onion and mushrooms in the same container with the sweet potato that was shredded twice.
5. Add your sweet potato, mushrooms, and yellow onion to a bowl along with your breakfast sausage, maple syrup, garlic clove, diced bacon, and salt and pepper and mix well. Your hands are your best tools.
6. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet then start making your meatballs.
7. What is helpful is using an ice cream scoop so they are all the same size. Roll the scooped out balls in your hands and place on a baking sheet. Repeat until all your ingredients are gone.
8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until meatballs are golden brown and completely cooked through. Be sure to check one before you turn the oven off!
Paleo Banana Pancakes
- One Banana
- One egg
- dash of salt
- dash of cinnamon
- Almond butter
- Coconut oil
- Mash banana
- Mix one egg, add dash of salt & cinnamon, if desired and add in some almond butter.
- Spoon out a round pancake in heated pan over medium heat (add the coconut oil to prevent sticking)
- Let brown on one side, flip to the other side and brown.
- Makes 3 smallish pancakes.
Hope you find these truly delicious! Enjoy cooking x
www.againfaster.com (bacon and maple meatballs)
For more Paleo recipes visit www.paleospirit.com (banana pancakes)
Do you have any recipes that you can share with us? We love to hear from you so leave a comment below.
You can find recipes here on the backblog site that are favourites of ours.
If you visit our Facebook page you’ll often see cakes! Judy our lovely clinic assistant is our resident Mary Berry. Judy bakes cakes for our birthdays and tailors them to the individual. Golden syrup is a favourite of Claire’s and Judy’s golden syrup cake along with the recipe was posted on our Facebook page. Judy is a star and caters for all dietary requirements!
Just like Judy’s cakes, your care here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne is personally tailored to suit you.
At Lushington Chiropractic we provide a range of treatments from expert chiropractic care to nutritional therapy, counselling, acupuncture, podiatry, sports massage and remedial massage. Give us a call if you think we can help you on 01323 722499. If you are not sure about chiropractic you can have a chat with our chiropractors for FREE. You do need to book ahead but you can choose to come into the clinic or you can have a telephone chat.