Healthy Ways to be Bad!posted on 13 April 2008 | posted in Healthy Tips
Eating well doesn't have to be boring and can include treats and a good glass of wine, as long as you make good choices and don't over indulge. There is certainly something to be said for finding the 'balance' within your diet and your life, as too much of anything will become boring in time!
First things first, choose ORGANIC above anything else, whether it be wine, chocolate, vegetables, fruit, MEAT (especially meat), fish, body lotion or a pair of jeans.
Ok lets look at our favourite treat... Chocolate!
Firstly choose dark chocolate over milk, and really check by reading the labels as some can have hidden milk fats in them even though they are of the dark variety, and of course if you can buy organic. The dark chocolate allows you a treat without the added dairy which would be another stress. Also it is stronger so you don't need so much (we hope!).
Ice Cream - Booja Booja make the BEST, most delicious ice cream that is sugar, dairy free and vegan! it's delicious. If you can't find that try some of the soya desert options they are equally scrummy. Do watch for added sugar though as sometimes although its dairy free it may be loaded with sugar! Most of the time you get what you pay for so value yourself and buy well.
Alcohol - Quality rather than quantity here too I'm afraid!
A lovely glass of organic wine is much better than a bottle of lambrusco!
Always drink water alongside your wine (not with it!), and make sure you dose up on your vitamins and eat whilst you drink. Drinking on an empty stomach is not the way to go.
Champagne is a great option.
Coffee - you know, if you really want a coffee make sure its a good one!
Organic ground gorgeous coffee is the treat you are after rather than a quick cup of instant. Sit down and enjoy it and only have one occasionally, drink more water on that day to compensate. Avoid the caffeine free (decaf) varieties as the chemical they use to take out the caffeine are often more damaging than the caffeine!
Tea - Instead of builders try some herbal varieties such as rooibos tea with soya milk. This can be sweetened with honey and closely resembles a traditional builders cup with milk and sugar. Green tea is a very nice alternative that has less caffeine but still some. It is a lighter more refreshing taste and is a powerful antioxidant. Green tea doesn't need to brew for long 1 minute - 90 secs is plenty, otherwise it can taste too bitter and you'll never have it again!
Peppermint tea is great for digestion, Camomile for relaxation and sleep, Fennel for digestion. There are loads of herbal teas to try, you just need to find one you like.
Bread - People do find wheat a hard one to give up. You'll be pleased to know that there are some fabulous wheat and gluten free breads available now. Waitrose are the best for stocking these, with sainsbury's coming second. Stamp collection breads are great and very tasty. Also good health shops such as fresh and wild and planet organic stock loads too.
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