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Stop eating C.R.A.P

Until yesterday I was going to write about gratitude – which I still will on another blog post but I changed my mind as had to get this off my chest.

It seems the no make-up “selfie” has gone crazy on Facebook over the last few days and whilst I love the intent and the fact it’s raising awareness and money for breast cancer – a cause VERY close to my heart, I have a different approach.

stop eating crap

Yesterday I was in a major chain supermarket filming some educational nutrition information about how to choose the best foods for an online programme I’m running. We chose a large store so the ranges on offer would be as wide as possible and it truly shocked me how much rubbish is on the shelves.

I honestly hadn’t even heard or seen a lot of the brands of food and drinks that were on offer – is that because I don’t watch much TV or read magazines where they are advertised maybe? It could be that I use a fruit and vegetable box scheme for the majority of my foods, as well as farm shops, health food shops and I also prefer smaller supermarkets for other bits that we need.

Ok I know many of you have children and you need to shop for everything in one place to make life easier but really I’d say that 75% of what is there you DO NOT need. The cereal aisle for example, which I call the sugar aisle, is immense and squashed down the bottom on a tiny shelf we finally found some organic porridge oats – which are not only “closer to nature” the way I prefer to eat, but also work out much cheaper bowl for bowl than some of the so called “healthy” mueslis and granolas.

Want to get fat? Then check out some of the ingredients in a yoghurt – double cream, sugar, butter!!! Yes steam started coming out of my ears when I read that – can you believe it!

As you may realise this subject is one that I am super passionate about and I could talk all day about it. We got half way around the supermarket before they came over and told us to stop filming as it wasn’t allowed… kind of expected that to happen 🙁

So whilst breast cancer is not always straight forward I understand, we have got to start thinking more about what we put in our bodies, hence I write and say what I do to help people understand the truth and not what the food manufacturers and media mostly tell us, but in the end it is your choice of course.

Anyway here is a photo of a sugar, wheat and diary free “experiment” that turned out really well….

beetroot choc protein bites

I’ve just had one of my cookbooks reprinted so if you struggle with ideas of what healthy meals to prepare that are easy to make and taste great I recommend you have a look as I think you might be surprised. The 90 recipes are sugar and wheat free, and mainly dairy free too. Many of the mums on our online programme have said how they now love some of the fruit smoothies as alternatives for breakfast, as well as the fruit pancakes which everyone loves! For dinner the kids seem to all love the Spanish meatball recipe so check it out HERE

have a great weekend and if you are in Bath don’t forget you can sign up for a trial week at our outdoor bootcamp classes to see how we can help you feel healthier and happier.

Zita

ps Recipe for these chocolate treats coming next time as this post is long enough already.  You can sign up above for my 7 day detox and then you will the first to know about my future blog posts to make sure you don’t miss out:)

Chocolate and Lent

After most people have eaten too many pancakes, they are giving up chocolate for Lent – me… no way!

I love a couple of squares of 70- 85% cocoa dark chocolate or better still some raw chocolate – Loaded with antioxidants and magnesium a small amount actually does us good 🙂

banana chocolate bites

Infact, I used to make my own raw chocolate a while back but it’s a bit messy and pretty time consuming so prefer to buy it from the health food shop now.

As I’m not sure giving up high quality, dark or raw chocolate for Lent is necessary, although giving up the “sugar” that a lot of chocolate is disguised as maybe a good idea though 🙂

How about giving up some of the following instead over the next 40 days:

– Toxic thoughts

– Envy

– Criticism

– Comparing yourself to others

– Gossip

– Self sabotage

and anything negative that serves no benefit.

***** “Do something today that your future self will be grateful for” ******

Anyway, the sun is shining, the spring flowers are out and with Easter on the way in the UK we might be considering getting our bodies out of hibernation soon!

The forecast is looking lovely so get outdoors and move your body.

If you are near Bath don’t forget our 1 hour Saturday class is open to everyone – 9-10am in Alexandra Park with Sarah, £7 on arrival – perfect way to kickstart a healthy weekend.

Have a great weekend, enjoy the sunshine and spring flowers

Zita “raw chocolate rocks” Alves

ps I was in the Bath Chronicle this week but didn’t even know until a friend told me!

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Judges-decide-shortlist-businesswomen-s-awards/story-20770253-detail/story.html