Everywhere you look these days you are greeted by an ‘added protein’ label or a ‘high protein’ snack wrapper. Food manufacturers and Marketeers have joined forces to capitalise on the Nation’s sudden desperate need to increase their protein intake whilst still satisfying a sweet tooth with their favourite chocolate bars, drinks and cereals. But do we ever stop to question exactly what’s inside these ‘high protein’ bars and drinks? Do we question why we need all of this extra protein? And could we actually get the protein we need from natural foods and a balanced diet?
When was the last time you actually felt hungry? The stomach-rumbling emptiness of proper hunger? Have we all forgotten what that feels like? It’s no secret that ‘super-sizing’ is taking over the food industry. Extra large portions, huge plates, all you can eat buffets and bottom-less brunches are everywhere. It has become completely normal to pile a plate high and expect second helpings. But what has this culture of excess done to our understanding of control and do we really know what a healthy, balanced plate of food looks like?
Most traditional weight loss plans, slimming groups and ‘diets’ focus on your weight on the scales- that one number that tells us what we weigh overall. You may increase your cardiovascular exercise and reduce your calorie intake in an attempt to make that number on the scales tick down over the weeks. Some schemes and clubs may actually advise you NOT to exercise! Just reduce your calories and your weight will decrease. What these kinds of diets don’t do is focus on what your overall weight is actually made up of. They don’t really look at independent sustainability, the overall health of your internal systems or the composition of your body as a result of the short-term weight loss.
You’ve probably heard it said a hundred times before, ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, but how many of us actually give our breakfast choices much thought at all? There are a number of experts out there who proclaim that consuming a large breakfast is vital for good health, for better concentration throughout the day and to ‘kick start’ your metabolism. There’s an equal number of experts who would argue the complete opposite; that missing breakfast will not only do you no harm, it may actually be beneficial for your overall health and weight management. I’m not going to go into the varied and contrasting arguments about the issue of breaking fast in the morning. What I am going to do, however, is present to you some healthy alternatives that will keep you fuller for longer and will support a healthier lifestyle. Here are a range of healthier, lower sugar breakfast swaps for anyone looking to make some changes; from the 'cereal muncher' to the 'grab-n-goer'.