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Is anyone else OVER the ‘Pre Awards Season Diet?’

“I live by a rule book of eating ‘alkaline’ – no meat, no dairy, no gluten (and) I try to stay away from sugar…” – Kate Hudson

“I don’t have a very good diet. I love beer, fries, burgers, but if I have to get in a bikini then I’ll eat carrot sticks for three days.” – Margot Robbie

“Well, I don’t eat anything and when I feel like I’m about to faint I eat a cube of cheese.”

cube cheeseAll of the above are excerpts from ‘diet divulging’ editorials with Hollywood’s most renowned Red Carpet starlets. Ok, so the last one may or may not be a quote from The Devil Wears Prada… But it doesn’t exactly stick out like a sore thumb, does it?

At the beginning of every year, Awards Season splashes across our screens – and all the objectification and adulation that come with it. From brutal ‘Who Wore it Better?’ polls, to Fashion Police prosecuting potential Award Winners based on their sartorial choices, it’s a time when the Mean Girls come out to play.

And yet, is there a more insidious game being played here?

The fact is, any sister worth her salt can sense a gossip-mongering ‘Mean Girl’ from a mile away.

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But what about the ‘Health Promoters’; the ‘Diet-Dishers’; the journalists just trying to inform you about how you TOO could be itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny, just like your favourite fashionistas? Because that’s what #lifegoals are all about, right?

While the Golden Globes or the Oscars only last for a few hours, our headlines seem to be crammed with ‘Radical Diet Reveals’ for weeks prior to and proceeding the event.

And the fact is – we’re hungry for it. Why wouldn’t we be?

 

Well, according to dietitian Ursula Arens, there’s a hefty list of reasons for why we shouldn’t be.

“Because they are nutritionally unbalanced, crash diets can lead to long-term poor health.” She explains.

“Your body’s response to dieting in this manner is to actually reduce the speed at which it burns off calories. This means you’re actually slowing down your ability to lose weight.”

More than that, by “missing out on entire food groups, you’re prevented from getting important nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to work properly.”

So while you may look svelte, you’ll probably feel like sh*t.

 

And while the Skinny Tea guzzlers and carrot stick munchers may endure for years to come, there is an increasing number of body positive women saying no to, well, ‘saying no’.

Golden Girl (and Globe Winner) Jennifer Lawrence proudly admits to eating “like a caveman… I’m never going to starve myself for a part.”

Like we needed another reason to love J-Law.

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Equally, TV Star Taylor Schilling insists that Intuition is the New Black: “I just keep it really simple. I know what feels good to eat and what doesn’t.”

Yep, it seems that the real winners on the Red Carpet are those that subscribe to the feel-good, fun-friendly and flexible school of satiation.

 

For example, when recently asked about her ‘Pre-Golden Globes Diet Tips’, Nominee and Mother of three Kate Winslet put it plain and simple:

I want to be as healthy as I can be, and I want to have as much fun as I can have. I want to be around for my children. That’s it. Those are the priorities. I like staying fit and healthy… it’s all part of a healthy attitude to life.”

Preach, Rose! I mean, Kate. Something tells us your Heart Will Go On for  years to come.

 

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So whether you’re prepping for your next party or get ‘bikini ready’ (ugh), can we all make a pact now to make our ‘figure’ fit our lifestyle, and not the other way around?

 

Cheers babes.

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Eating local made easy!

We’ve got this season spelled out for you!

Did you know that an Apple isn’t just an ‘Apple’?

Just as the seasons change, so does the quality and quantity of fresh produce. In fact, vitamins present in the fruit or vegetable at the time of harvest are highly unstable and are largely depleted after a few days. Therefore, for every day an apple spends in shipping or storage, it is losing vital nutritional value.

Where large supermarkets import, freeze and store stock to supply the year-round demand, we insist on supplying only the freshest, crispest local produce.

Yep, here at Feedmee, we’re best buddies with Mother Nature, and make it our mission to cater in accordance with the menu her seasons write for us!

 

Here’s a peak at just some of the items on our Spring shopping list – and their nutritious benefits:

  • Artichokes: high in magnesium and folate – these babies regulate bodily temperature and energy!
  • Broccoli: packed with calcium and vitamin K, you’ll be building both bones and nutritional boasting rights!
  • Cauliflower: offers you both choline and phosphorus, which help to fight liver disease and build healthy teeth!
  • Feta: one serving packs 43% of your daily protein needs!
  • Green Beans: offering the benefits of both potassi-YUM and Vitamin A, they’re the magical fruit!
  • Jalapenos: boasting a kick of vitamin B6, these spicy peppers are a good kind of burn!
  • Mushrooms: this protein-packed veggie also give us a hit of copper, iron and selenium – minerals that are otherwise difficult to obtain!
  • Olives: these yummy nibbles contain antioxidants, protecting your cells as well as increasing fertility!
  • Peas: these little beauties are bursting with vitamin C – Mother Nature’s cold vaccine!
  • Quinoa: this gluten-free gem is packed with protein, potassium, calcium and fibre! Now if we could only pronounce it!
  • Red Onion: these blushing beauties are riddled with over 6 different minerals, including: calcium, thiamine and manganese! We’re getting teary just thinking about it!
  • Spinach: with a kick of calcium, vitamins A, B2, C and K, you’ll have fellow lunchers green with envy!
  • Walnuts: boasting a big hit of protein and heart-healthy amino acids, these are more than just a crunchy treat!
  • Zucchini: these fibre-packed veggies will keep you flowing long after your next vinyasa class!

 

We eat veggies for their health benefits – so why not maximise their nutritional burst?

So from your local farmers, and the folks here at Feedmee, thanks ‘shallot’ for letting us put a Spring in your step this season!

 

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Sweating it out: The Low-down on Bikram Yoga

Think about this: Yoga, in a room heated to a temperature of forty degrees, 40% humidity, for ninety minutes, sweat dripping from pores you didn’t even realise held the ability to sweat – like knee caps, and shins, and behind your ears.

If you’ve ever experienced the joys of practising Bikram’s Hot Yoga, you’ll be able to empathise. The dizzy spells, lying resigned on your mat, the intense hatred you have for your yoga teacher for not opening the door, fantasising about leaping up and running out before that same teacher spear-tackles you to the floor. But you stay. And that decision turns out to be one of the best decisions you’ve made lately. You leave class exhausted but happy. The hopelessness you felt inside the room has disappeared, the air enters your lungs a little easier, and the feeling you have is indescribable.

Many of us have decided to take up hot yoga because of the stir it’s causing. Everyone and their mother is raving about its benefits, and the raving is well-deserved. Bikram’s sweaty rooms and personalised series of twenty-six postures have helped improve a multitude of health issues – from thyroid problems to weight loss, stress, insomnia, aching joints, depression, blood pressure, arthritis, back pain, skin problems, and respiratory issues.

Although it is definitely physically and mentally challenging, one ninety-minute lesson can burn as much as 2,500 kilojoules. Bikram’s twenty-six postures are designed to work every part of the body – the internal organs, the respiratory system, and for toning and stretching a range of ligaments and muscles.

Why the heat? The temperature of the room increases one’s metabolic rate, creeping into each and every limb and corner of your body, allowing you to stretch more.

What has come up as an issue among most is the extreme temperature. At a typical class, you will be encouraged to stay in the room and “embrace” the heat, but are able to sit down or leave at any time if you’re feeling uncomfortable. The first three sessions are usually the most difficult for newcomers, but after that, you and your body will acclimatise to the heat.

Warnings: The best thing about Bikram yoga is that it encourages you to eat healthier. Don’t expect to go on an alcochol-fueled evening the night before, or eat a burger or chocolate or lollies before the class – you will feel it in the room and you will regret it.

The motto of the Bikram yoga studios is to not push yourself too hard. While it’s great to challenge yourself, pushing yourself too hard can lead to injury, vomiting, or even blacking out. Familiarise yourself with the postures and the heat, and know your limits.

Verdict? Definitely try it out if you’re already a fan of regular yoga. Anyone of any size, shape, or fitness level can enjoy Bikram Yoga and its benefits. Even the strongest, fastest, healthiest exercise-nuts will find Bikram yoga to be enjoyable and challenging.

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Breaking Down the Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet (also known as the caveman diet) is a nutritional plan based around wholesome, contemporary foods from any food groups our caveman-era ancestors would have consumed.  Think fish, grass-fed (not grain-fed) pasture-raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, nuts, and healthy oils such as olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut, and flaxseed – anything you can find or kill out in the wild is all part of the Paleo Diet. The diet also encourages you to eat as many fresh vegetables as you can get your hands on.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But there are many restrictions attached to the diet, which excludes all types of grain, legumes, dairy products, refined salt and sugar, processed oils, and even potatoes and cereal.

Although the Paleo Diet is restrictive in comparison to the standard diet, it does have its advantages. The diet has been said to counteract obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and acne among other things, and individuals suffering from gastrointestinal problems, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and any autoimmune diseases are catered for.

Fact: The word ‘Paleolithic’ signifies a period of about 2.5 millions year’s duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of modern agriculture.

Foods to Avoid on a Paleo Diet

Dairy

We are the only species on the planet that consumes milk after infancy, and also the only species that consume milk from another species. Butter, milk, yogurt, kefir, cream, ice-cream, powdered milk are all no-no’s on a Paleo diet. Dairy products can cause an inflammatory response in people and can also act as an immune-system stressor.

Grains

Wheat, rice, millet, oats, spelt, kamut, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, amaranth, sorghum, rye, barley and corn are also problematic. All grains have a high glycemic index – meaning they carry sugar too rapidly into the bloodstream.

Starches

Vegetables with a high starch content – such as cassava, sweet potatoes/yams, taro, potatoes, and squashes – tend to have a low nutritional value. While they’re not unhealthy, Paleos avoid them.

Legumes

All beans – black, pinto, red, soy, lentils, peas, peanuts, adzuki, garbanzo, navy, mung, lima, and black-eyed peas. Snow peas, sugar snap peas and green beans are acceptable to eat.

Most Vegetable Oils 

Aside from flax, hemp, and olive etc, oils, any oil that comes from a seed, grain, or legume is not allowed.

The Paleo diet comes with a lot of restrictions, but, like all diets, it has its pros and cons. Its important to stay healthy and happy no matter what diet you choose to live by. Do we have any Paleo feedmee food lovers? Feedmee can cater to everybody. At Feedmee, there are lots of Paleo-approved choices, ask our staff next time you’re in.

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Superfoods – Why We Need Them?

In this day and age, we are constantly being bombarded with information for so-called healthy foods and ‘quick fixes’. As a result, it can sometimes become confusing or difficult to determine which foods are actually beneficial to us, and which foods contain hidden additives, sugar, and other nasties.

The term ‘Superfood’ was coined together in the early 1900s and refers to certain foods (or food groups) that are higher in nutrients than others. These foods, in general, are whole, natural foods that contain various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and are said to strengthen the immune system and contain disease-fighting properties beneficial to health and well-being.

Superfoods fill you up so you can enjoy plenty of extra servings without the excess calories or guilt, and they are easily added to everyday meals.

Feedmee has compiled a list of the top five Super foods to set you on your path to Super Health!

Broccoli

Broccoli – you either love it or hate it, but what you may not know is that it contains over fifty per-cent of the recommended dietary intake for Vitamin C and Potassium. It has also been proven to reduce the size of tumours in the body. Additionally, broccoli reduces our risk of developing bladder and ovarian cancers.

Try Feedmee’s home-made Broccoli soup, or toss some steamed broccoli into your salad or spud next time you’re in!

Tomatoes

The best thing about tomatoes is that they are in just about everything and taste great with just about anything! Tossed into a salad, or made into a nice soup or pasta sauce, tomatoes contain high levels of beta-carotene – an antioxidant that strengthens and supports the immune system and helps maintain healthy skin and tissue lining.

Tomatoes are packed with antioxidant flavonoids and Vitamin E – both essential for heart health. One medium tomato provides fifty per-cent of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C, contains on saturated fatty acids, and are low in salt, starch and sugars.

Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is packed with amino acids and helps fight diabetes and hypertension. It is a natural appetite suppressant and weapon against ageing. Consuming the seed on a regular basis will also help to lower blood pressure.  Fifteen per-cent of Quinoa is protein and offers many nutritional benefits while introducing very little calories and fat into the diet.

You can enjoy Quinoa with almost every meal – as a Quinoa porridge (or as flakes sprinkled over your oats), in salads, or to accompany main meals. Whatever you choose, Quinoa is easily incorporated into daily meals.

Feedmee has recently introduced Red Quinoa to our Windsor store – toss some into your salad for added nutrients and a nutty-quinoa boost!

Sweet potatoes

If you usually order a baked potato when you visit Feedmee, opt for our sweet potato instead! Sweet potatoes have astounding health-boosting properties and will offer added nutrients and a different, sweeter taste to your usual meal.

Sweet potatoes are relatively fat-free and low in calories, providing you with carotenoids, Vitamin A and C, Potassium, and fibre.

Barley

Rich in phytochemicals, fibre, and minerals that ward off heart disease and certain cancers, this nutty gem contains an array of health benefits. Barley is high in fibre, which helps with metabolism and promotes a healthy digestive tract. The grain lowers cholesterol levels, protects against cancer, and keeps blood-sugars level. Additionally, Barley is rich in niacin and Vitamin E.

Barley can be added to cereals, soups, salads and stews, and can be used as a rice substitute.

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Soup – The perfect winter meal

Summer is well and truly over here in Melbourne, and, as the days get shorter, and the mornings colder, it’s easy to reach for a bag of hot chips, or a greasy souvlaki to help you face the cold, dreary weather.

It’s known that cold weather triggers hunger, and since you’re wearing more layers, and exercising less, you’re able to hide those extra winter kilos. But at the end of the season, when it’s time to get the swimming gear out again, your winter body isn’t going to be easily disguised.

So how can you keep your summer body all winter long? With soup, of course!

Weight Management/Health

Forget about unhealthy, unsatisfying comfort foods and fill yourself up with soup instead. Many of us eat soup for that fuzzy, warm, “happy-soul” feeling it gives us, but soup is also appealing because of its convenience, low cost, variety, and the much-needed nutrition it adds to your diet.

Since most soups are packed with vegetables, the protein you’re getting means you will eat less and still satisfy your hunger. It’s recommended that the average adult consume two-three cups of vegetables daily. Vegetables, being low in calories, fat, and cholesterol, are rich in many vitamins and minerals needed for general human health.

Even though soups contain less calories than the average main meal, they aren’t any less nutritious or filling. Soups are great because they restore necessary water balance, which, in turn, keeps blood pressure under control. Incorporating soup into your diet is therefore successful in long-term weight loss.

Chicken soup is especially great in winter, as it has anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate symptoms of respiratory tract infections.

Versatility

You can add just about anything to soup, and as well as being quick and easy to prepare, the ingredients and combinations are endless.

Eating soup is a great way to sneak extra vegetables into your meals. Adding chopped spinach or kale at the end of cooking boosts your soup’s vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content which helps ward off winter colds, and unlike what happens during stewing and frying, vegetables, mushrooms, meat, and poultry cooked  in soups, conserve much more of their natural nutrients and vitamins.

Whole grains, such as brown rice and pearled barley, dried or canned beans, and pasta are just a few ingredient options that will add extra nutrition into your soup.

Making a large batch of your favourite soup is not only healthier and cheaper – you can also freeze the soup and reheat it at a later date, giving you a head-start on next-weeks meals.

If you don’t have time to make your own soup from scratch – drop into Feedmee. We always have three soups on display, with at least one meat, vegetarian and gluten-free option. Our soups will leave you fuller for longer, and are made from scratch by our wonderful, in-house chefs using only the freshest, healthiest, and yummiest ingredients. There’s nothing better than a bowl of steaming soup in the colder months, especially after a long day.

“Our soups are healthy and taste great. They’re not too heavy, but nice and comforting. I like the Broccoli soup, but my favourite is definitely the South Indian Sweet Potato and Chickpea. I love the flavours of coconut and mixed-spice.”

– Faye, chef at Feedmee, Windsor –

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3 top tips on how to loose weight without exercising!

It’s all in the numbers, the food and the mindset. For a moderately active woman, 1,700 calories is the ideal daily intake. Rather than trying to do everything at once, why not take it one step at a time and focus on your diet to start. Here are our three best tips on how to do it:

1. Eat great weight loss foods that live at Feedmee
To be considered a weight loss food, the food has to have fat burning properties, be easy to access, easy to prepare and also beneficial to your overall health.

A. Tuna and Chickpeas: High protein foods require more energy from the body to process, hence the fat burning properties.

B. Orange Juice and Chillies: The vitamin C from citrus fruit and capsaicin in chillies are chemicals that also help weight loss.

C. Broccoli: reduces the amount of calories that you absorb from other food with its fibre content. (But make sure you increase your water intake when you increase fibre in your diet).

2. Portion control
There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “The more you eat, the less flavour; the less you eat, the more flavour.” The Chinese have great wisdom when it comes to food. Another one they were spot on with was this one, “eat only until you are ‘7 parts full’ (70 percent full).” According the Harvard Health, stretch receptors in the stomach are activated as it fills with food or water. Hormonal signals are released to the brain as partially digested food enters the small intestine. The theory is that, by eating too quickly, people may not give this intricate hormonal cross-talk system enough time to work. So, eat slowly! Chewing every bit and making sure you don’t take another bite until you’ve swallowed and waited 3 seconds is a good way to help control yourself.

3. Slow and steady wins the race
The human body says “no thanks!” to any sudden changes. Think about it, our bodies are basically very complex machines, which adapt over time to our eating habits. So when those habits change rapidly, our bodies go into overdrive trying to “re-adapt”. As much as your mind knows otherwise, cutting your calories significantly over a short period of time sends a message to your body that there is a serious shortage of food. Your body then decides “Hey, it must be time to stock up!” and goes about storing every ounce of extra fat you eat. Not cool! So as much as we can hear you say “BORING” or “…but I need to get ready for that date next week”, making your changes slowly will help your body get used to it, and also help you make the change more sustainable.

Incorporating a Feedmee salad for lunch into your daily meal plan will give you all the top fat burning foods you need without burning a hole in your wallet! Here’s one suggestion:

Muscle Builder Salad from Feedmee ($13.50)
Spinach, chicken, egg, corn, broccoli, tomato, cucumber, and capsicum
Dressing: Lime & Ginger

458.8 calories with dressing or 379.20 calories with no dressing
(80g protein from chicken, 60g egg, 59 mls dressing, tuna )

Or, create your own happy mix using a combo of the fat burner foods mentioned in tip 1. Happy eating!