The New Year is quickly coming and you may be making a new year resolution to eat more healthily.
This is a great resolution and we think it’s a worthwhile resolution, however, you do need to set yourself up for success. Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Southend have some advice to help you stick to your resolution in 2018.
One of the first steps to take is to make sure that you remove all temptations that may be lurking in your cupboards. Left over treats from Christmas can often cry out for us to eat them!
Next we recommend you find a way of eating more healthily that suits you and your lifestyle and as importantly that you enjoy. Fad diets don’t work, in the main because they are unsustainable and not that enjoyable! Making healthy choices can be confusing so you may need to educate yourself – there are plenty of good books available to help you.
Nothing will take you off track quicker than being too busy to prepare your healthy meals! To avoid calling for that unhealthy take away or grabbing the ready meal at the supermarket – plan your meals out for the week and make a shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need. Make sure you stick to your shopping list and meal plan don’t get side tracked! Make enough food so you have leftovers for the next day or even cook batches so you have healthy meals to hand.
We hope these tips will help you achieve your healthy eating goal in 2018.
Gluten-Free French Onion Soup
Looking for a healthy meal that will warm those winter taste buds this February? How about French Onion Soup –immune stimulating and antibacterial for winter!
Here’s the recipe: (You’ll love it!)
What You Need:
- 800g brown onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted organic butter
- 1/2 teaspoon raw sugar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons gluten-free plain flour
- 2 litres of beef stock
- 125ml red wine
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme
- Salt and pepper
How to Cook:
Place a large saucepan over a medium-low heat and add olive oil and butter to the bottom. Once melted, add your sliced onions and stir until they are evenly coated with the oil and butter. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes until they are very tender and clear.
Next, take off the cover, add the salt and sugar, then mix. Raise the heat to a medium and continue cooking the onions. Make sure you stir frequently to allow them to caramelise until they turn to a deep golden brown. (This will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes).
Once your onions are caramelised, turn down the heat to medium-low and sprinkle flour over the onions. Next, brown the flour for about 2-3 minutes and stir constantly. Add the wine, the bay leaf, the thyme and the stock (add the stock a bit at a time).
Next, add salt and pepper to taste and continue to add the rest of your stock (stirring as you do so). Simmer for 30 minutes then remove the bay leaf.
By the way, if you’re a vegetarian, mushroom stock is a great substitution.
To book an appointment with our award winning team of chiropractors, contact Cliffs Chiropractor in Southend on 01702 430430.
The festive season is here, our homes are stocked with chocolate, chocolate and… more chocolate(!) and most of us will be slightly overindulging over the Christmas period. It’s the time of year to relax and enjoy and none of us want to worry about our health niggles in the process.
Our leading Southend chiropractor shares two joint-healthy diet tips that you can squeeze in around the naughty treats this Christmas:
1: Get your Antioxidants
Antioxidants massively help to fight free radicals, which can be damaging to your joints.
Here’s where you can get your all-important supply of these super health-boosters:
- Vitamin C – Grapefruit, oranges papaya, pineapples, raspberries mangoes, raspberries, tomatoes, red peppers asparagus and broccoli
- Vitamin E – Avocados, sunflower seeds, whole-grain breads and cereals and peanut butter
- Selenium – Brazil nuts, salmon, oatmeal and brown rice
2: Don’t Forget Your Fatty Acids
Some fatty acids are naturally protective and can help decrease joint swelling and discomfort. The most well-known types of fatty acids are omega-3s which are found in salmon, sardines and herring. You can also get a good source of omega-3 by eating green vegetables, seeds, nuts and whole grains.
Our Southend chiropractors wish you a happy and healthy Christmas!
To book an appointment with our dedicated team of chiropractors, contact Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on 01702 430430.