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10 minute GUACAMOLE recipe

Here’s my favourite guacamole recipe for you to try out – it’s simple, super healthy and ready in 10 minutes.
Guacamole is high in monounsaturated fats, which are the healthiest kinds of fats in the world and actually help your body get rid of bad fats. Half an avocado a day can have amazing health benefits, just be aware of the calories that quickly add up!

The 10 Minute Body GUACAMOLE

1 ripe avocado (cut in half, remove the stone and spoon out the flesh)
1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
1 clove of garlic (minced or chopped very finely)
1 ripe tomato (finely chopped)
1 lime (cut in half, squeeze all the juice out)
Fresh coriander (torn), to taste
Pinch of salt and pepper

HOW-TO:

Add all ingredients in a bowl, mix together by mashing the avocado with a fork. Enjoy with corn chips, in a wrap with chicken and salads or as a sandwich filler.

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Nutrition

BEST PROTEIN SOURCES for meat eaters and vegetarians

Protein helps you stay fuller for longer – it is the macronutrient with the highest satiety factor (over carbohydrates or fats). Protein also, very importantly, helps build and maintain lean muscle mass in your body, which is super important in keeping your metabolism high throughout your life, and helps in building and maintaining a lean body that burns fat effectively.

To oversimplify, if you are currently inactive, make sure you get an absolute minimum of one gram of protein per every kilogram of bodyweight, every day. So if you weigh 80 kg, you should aim to get at least 80 grams of protein daily. You can track your protein intake easily with an app like MyFitnessPal (by going to the nutrition section in your food diary).

 

Here’s a simple list of the best protein sources:

  • Poultry (chicken, turkey…)
  • Red meat (beef, pork, lamb…)
  • Seafood (tuna, salmon, mackerel, prawns, scallops…)
  • Eggs
  • Dairy (yoghurt, cottage cheese, fromage frais, milk, cheese…)
  • Whey protein powder (not necessary, but great if you struggle to get enough protein in)

And if you’re a vegetarian, here are the best foods to help with your daily protein intake:

  • Beans (kidney, chickpeas/hummus, haricot…)
  • Legumes (lentils, peas, peanut butter…)
  • Nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews…)
  • Seeds (sunflower, flax, pumpkin, hemp…)
  • Milk alternatives (almond/cashew/hazelnut/soya/rice drinks etc. …)
  • Soy/tofu
  • Whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, oats, bread…)
  • Veggies (peas, broccoli, spinach, kale etc. …)
  • Protein powder  (hemp protein/pea protein/rice protein etc. …)

For optimal health and best results from any training you do, try to include a source of protein with every meal you have.

 

Good luck, and make sure to join The 10 Minute Body team on Facebook where you can ask nutrition and exercise related questions.

/Erika

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5 tips for a healthier life

Hiya,

I just sat down to wait for dinner to cook and decided to write this

I totally live by ‘the 10 minute body’ stuff as I can’t be bothered to waste my time in the kitchen (despite the fact that I love cooking) or doing 2-hour-long workouts

So I’ve just done a 10 minute prep, it’s my first time ever making MAKARONILAATIKKO in the oven, which is a Finnish dish that nearly everyone loves.

Directly translated it’s macaroni casserole, and I filmed making it so you can see how to make it yourself on my YouTube channel later (you’ll get a notification when I’ve uploaded it if you’ve subscribed… Unless I have majestically fucked it up and it turns out shit :D)

Today I wanted to remind you of 5 things that I know majorly helps you be healthier… Check ’em out and make sure to incorporate them into your lifestyle before this summer.

[Make sure to also start the summer challenge {if you haven’t yet} to give you a bit more structure with food and at-home exercise]

 

1. Drink a lot of water. 2 litres a day is your absolute minimum.
2. Increase your NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis). This is ANY activity throughout the day that’s not classed as exercise. What can you do to be a little bit more active tomorrow? Make sure to at least feel your core muscles activate when you’re sitting down and standing up.
3. Focus on positive things, and stop negative self-talk. I hate fad dieting with a passion, because they destroy people’s self esteems and just make most fatter in the long run. Stop punishing yourself and denying the foods you love eating. Doing it the freedom diet way makes eating anything possible, you just have to be within your personal calorie limits. Listen to this inspiring TED talk I also shared on Facebook.
4. Eat many different (natural) colours. Mixing different coloured veg in your diet makes your body get more vitamins and minerals. Ditch the vitamin tablets, get your nutrition from real food.
5. Make sure you know what it feels like to be hungry. I’ve spoken to so many overweight people who don’t remember the last time they were hungry. Just plan your meals ahead of time so you know what you’re having when you get hungry to avoid resorting to junk you don’t need. Listening to your body is a key factor in learning what makes you feel good. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re satisfied. There’s an increasing amount of scientific evidence to suggest that letting yourself get hungry results in improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and also in better insulin sensitivity.

My food’s nearly ready….. I’m excited to see if it’s anything like the stuff I used to love at school!

Take action to be healthier TODAY.

Talk soon,
Erika

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Lose weight easily with these swaps

Here’s my quick list of simple food swaps that you can easily take advantage of, starting now.

What’s crossed over is your TREATS – they should not be your everyday diet staples.

(There’s nothing wrong with having them, but remember moderation. If you go for the crossed over options habitually, you’ve got some work to do.)

 

SO:

ONLY AS A TREAT – HAVE THIS INSTEAD

 

Cereal – nutty muesli (less sugar than fruit muesli), porridge with fruit, low sugar cereal (e.g. Weetabix), or go for a cooked breakfast of eggs, beans and brown toast.

Chocolate – have a glass of water, then eat a piece of fruit. You get natural sugars from fruit, which is far better than refined sugar from sweets and chocolate. If you still find yourself craving sweet, distract yourself by going out for a walk or doing housework.

Creamy sauces – tomato or vegetable based sauces

Fatty red meat like bacon and sausages, chicken thighs and wings – chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red meat. At least trim the fat off your bacon. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel you should still have!

Flavoured yoghurt – plain yoghurt (natural probiotic yoghurt/Greek yoghurt)  with fresh berries/fruit if you want sweetness in it

Main meal at a restaurant – go for a starter or a soup, or ask for a doggy bag if you’re going for a main meal. Portion sizes in most restaurants are mahoosive, rarely under 1,000 kcal, so save half of it until later.

Dried fruit – fresh fruit. With dried fruit, you’ll quickly have way too much sugar. It’s still better than sweets, but the fresh stuff is the real thing.

Juice – water. If you really want a bit of sweetness in your water, infuse it with berries or lime/lemon

100% fruit juice – fresh fruit. Not only does it satisfy you more, you’ll end up consuming fewer calories and getting much more fibre from the real thing.

Fizzy pop – sparkling water (infused with fruit, berries, cucumber, fresh mint leaves etc. if you like)

Latte/hot chocolate etc coffee shop high calorie drinks – swap for an espresso or an americano, and add a bit of milk yourself.

 

You can also consider whether you need to use oil in cooking. If you have a good teflon pan, chances are you don’t. Or grill your meats, no added fats needed!

Note! Do not go for advertised diet products. Low fat items are often higher in sugar, low calorie meals won’t keep you satisfied and will make you more likely to crave naughties, and just generally bear in mind that the flavour has to come from somewhere. Food manufacturers want to add as much (addictive) flavour to foods as possible so they can make more money when you buy their products again. Also, Artificial sweeteners are added to tons of processed foods, and some research suggests they’re even worse for you than pure sugar, so do your best to steer away. Science has also shown that people who consume more artificial sweeteners and ‘diet foods’ are heavier than people who don’t, so

focus on eating real, unprocessed food.

 

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How to lose weight without dieting

Dieting… Such a nasty word.

Let’s make a clear distinction here at first. Being on a diet is bad. Having a balanced diet is good.

Dieting translates to deprivation, forbidden foods and ultimately failure. I mean I would hate to live my life if I wasn’t allowed chocolate or red wine! Scientific research has shown over and over again that it is very rare for people to go on a diet and be able to keep the weight off afterwards. And basically this is just because on a diet you’re not eating like you normally would. You’re not learning to build new habits, because your dieting guidelines are so strict your brain doesn’t want to focus on yet another complication.

Instead, having a balanced diet means you’ve learned to control your weight, no matter what you eat. You’ve learned to recognise when you’re hungry. You have learned to stop eating when you’re satisfied instead of stuffing yourself. You’ve learned that having a bite of chocolate feels good (now and afterwards), whereas having masses of chocolate makes you only feel good in that exact moment it’s in your mouth, but then you’ll feel shit about it afterwards (both mentally and physically).

What people should realise more often is that as human beings we are on top of the food chain. We are a species who don’t struggle to access food. Our ancient mammalian brain does in fact love sugar and fat, but that’s just residue from the times when food was scarce and someone would actually have to go out there to gather & hunt for it. We rarely crave cucumbers (although I do :D), and that’s because it’s low in calories and therefore doesn’t provide a lot of energy. A cucumber doesn’t make you sprint faster, whereas a sugar glazed doughnut does. (But we know that’s not the best option as it spikes up blood sugar levels way too quickly and makes you crash – i.e. feel like shit)

What’s good news is that we also have the brain capacity to affect how we think. Understanding that you don’t need to obey your mammalian brain is a great start. You can ultimately be in control of what you desire. Reshaping your food and drink preferences can take time, but it certainly is doable. Just because my mouth is watering when I see a stack of ribs and a pint of coke doesn’t mean it’s the best option for me. Instead, I can learn to be a bit more long-sighted and appreciate the flavour of spiced steamed veg, some succulent chicken breast and Mexican spiced rice. And why I love it is how it makes me feel afterwards. (The danger in ribs and coke comes with the ratio of sugar and fat it has in – and that makes it very hard for your brain to even let you know you’re full so you are much more likely to over eat)

If you want to learn to control your weight, you need to start shifting your mindset. Dieting is deprivation, whereas building habits for a better diet helps you enjoy life to the max and achieve your dream weight.

A kickstart is sometimes a nice way to reset your mind and body, but you need to also think about how you’re going to change your habits/lifestyle so you can control your weight better afterwards.

And remember, you can lose weight eating Mars bars and drinking coke. But you’ll also be feeling like shit all the time.

OR you can eat a shit ton of veg, turkey, quinoa and salads and have people tell you they wish they ‘have your metabolism’ cos you’re eating all the time.

But the best possible way to maintaining your dream weight forever is to just get the balance right. Have various colours in your diet (not the artificial ones though…) and then have a treat when you want it.

If you want to foolproof your success with flexible dieting and logging your foods, just get in touch and I’ll help you out. That way you can know you’re not overeating, and therefore never putting on weight. No matter what you eat. But first… Get the basics right. Remember that you are in control, not ancient part of you brain.

Lots of love,

Erika