ABOUT THE EATING!
After years of players asking for nutrition advice we finally decided to make it official and write it all down! What better way to detox after a long winter! Margot's recipes come from a lifetime of eating her Mothers French Cooking while competing in Tennis Tournaments.
Balanced nutrition of fresh food ✔
Easy to prepare recipes and snacks ✔
Lots of Instagram Food posts ✔
We also have a 24 hour Smoothie cleanse, which should be plugged into this plan twice, but on a day that you know you won’t be too active, and will be near a toilet! These cleanses really do flush out your system and you will be dashing off to pee a lot!
A few tips to get you started:
Ahead of any kind of food plan, whatever your goals, it’s a good idea to get rid of anything from your kitchen that might tempt you off track. Don’t leave those beers in the fridge thinking you will be able to ignore them, don’t leave that bag of chips in the pantry, remove any cakes or cookies from your house! Trust me when I say it’s so much easier if you replace those with your healthy allowed snacks, even a high calorie diet needs to have good calories in it, and large quantities of refined sugars are not the answer. A favourite thing to snack on for this type of cleanse is carrots or celery, but if your goal is more calories, check out the Protein Balls or RXBars, or just eat more steak! An old French saying is that a good laugh is as good for your abs as eating a steak. Well if we turn that around, a steak is as good as a really fun ab workout, and now there is science backing this up! Just goes to show the French really know their stuff when it comes to food.
Be inspired by your cooking space, and make preparing a meal fun! Have music, and maybe some fresh herbs growing to inspire you to use your own herbs to cook with, if you make the meal preparation a lot of fun, you will feel so much more inspired to cook well and to eat well, and you may even find yourself less hungry after all that cooking, I do anyway!
This one is very important:
Research shows that taking time to savor both the meal preparation and then the meal itself actually results in less food being eaten, and longer, more effective satiety, which actually in turn leads to better nutrient absorption. So switch off the TV, put down your phone, sit down with your friends and family and enjoy the meal.
Don’t underestimate the required quality of your ingredients, when buying salt, get sea salt. When looking for mustard find Dijon Mustard that has no weird additives. Ready made meals or pastries or mixes are all full of additives and fillers that are not at all necessary, and while each one may be shown to be ok for human consumption, there are very few studies that demonstrate what happens to our bodies when we ingest these things as a cocktail. Problems with health or reactions to foods often come out a generation later, so why not preempt this potential problem for ourselves and future generations by making the wise choice of eating real and quality food. Invest in yourself and your future by choosing things that have had the most natural way of developing. Grass fed Beef and free range grain fed chickens/eggs developed more slowly and without growth hormones, they probably also had a far higher quality of life.
Where possible you can buy these things from local markets, but even in supermarkets the good options are usually there. When reading the food labels look for things you can’t pronounce, ask yourself why they are there, and then look for an option that doesn’t have them!
I am just going to include this one very simple recipe for right now, because it is essential, and for me a daily requirement in my homemade salads.
How to make a proper French Vinaigrette for your salads. In your salad bowl, mix the following with a whisk or fork:
▪ A pinch of sea salt
▪ 1⁄2 a tablespoon of Dijon Mustard ▪ 1 Tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar
Once these have a smooth consistency, add:
▪ A tablespoon of Virgin Olive Oil
▪ Freshly ground Pepper to taste
Ok friends, look for more posts with fav recipes over the next few weeks, and if you’re inspired, consider joining the Spring Cleanse coming May 1st 2019!
Also check out our page on nutritional nuggets right here www.sphericalyellow.com/nutrition