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Madeleine Shaw's Rules For Healthy Living

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Championing a fad-free, realistic approach to nutrition and wellness, Madeleine Shaw’s healthy living advice is the kind we should all get on board with. To celebrate the release of her latest book (and we reckon her best yet) A Year of Beautiful Eating, which is packed with guidance on eating seasonally as well as countless delicious recipes, we spoke to the wellness guru to find out more about her food philosophy and top tips for optimum nutrition…

Forget Fad Diets

Forget fad diets – food should be about enlivening the happiest and healthiest version of you. Keep things simple yet delicious so you never feel bored or deprived. I truly believe that with every bit of food we eat, we influence how we look, feel and think.

Listen To Your Body

On some days, you might have smashed avocado on toast with a sprinkle of chili flakes for breakfast but on others, crave a warming bowl of porridge with almond butter and berries. It’s important to listen to your body to give it what it really needs, in moderation. When it comes to snacking, make sure you have carrots, peppers and cucumbers in your fridge, which you can cut into crudités to dip into hummus. Drinking plenty of water also helps curb the need to snack, so stay hydrated.

Avoid Refined Sugar

Refined sugar is completely void of any nutrition, so try to avoid it. Naturally occurring sugars which are in fruit and certain vegetables are a better way to get your sweetness in as they come with a whole host of all-natural vitamins, minerals and nutrients. One of the easiest ways to avoid refined sugars is to stop buying snacks, which are often full of hidden sugars as well as being expensive and rarely hitting the hunger spot – stick to eating bigger portions at meals or try homemade snacks like energy balls or trail mixes.

Stock Up

Stocking your pantry with essentials is a sure-fire way to guarantee a healthy meal is easy and accessible. Think spelt flour, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, quinoa, wild rice, oats, flaked almonds, almond butter, pumpkin seeds, coconut sugar, lentils and chickpeas as well as plenty of spices like turmeric, cinnamon and paprika.

On a Similar Note

Eat Seasonally

Seasonal foods have evolved that way because it’s what your body needs at that time. During winter your body craves starchy, root veg whereas in the summer your body prefers cooling produce like lettuce and cucumber. Eating seasonally not only tastes better, it’s also kinder on your bank balance and the environment, too. Now the weather is getting warmer, embrace asparagus, broccoli, leeks and Jersey Royal potatoes – pile all of these into a tray with some cod for a delicious traybake.

Embrace Variety

We’re creatures of habit and often end up going to the same aisles and buying the same veggies every week, but it’s amazing how many different fruits and vegetables there are and being more aware of what’s in season will help you to step out of your food rut. Getting a weekly veg box delivered is also a great way to add more variety into your diet.

Be Supermarket Savvy

In the world foods section of the supermarket you can find big kilogram bags of brown rice as well as cheap dates and nuts – not many people know about this and they head straight for the aisles with the big brand names, but end up paying twice the price. If your local supermarket isn’t big on world foods, then seek out specialist shops. For example, if you like making raw desserts then dates are a key ingredient – head to a local Middle Eastern shop, which usually stock fresh dates that are by far juicier and tastier than the supermarket options.

Revamp Leftovers

Never throw away your leftovers – revamp them. Shred leftover roast chicken in an avocado sandwich or salad or heat up leftover stews and serve with some fresh tomato salsa and corn chips; similarly, cooked veggies come to life when stir-fried with chili and garlic, blended into soups or thrown in a pan with some eggs to make a frittata.

A Year Of Beautiful Eating, Madeleine Shaw, £9.99


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