Now that we're at the back end of autumn and heading into winter, there is a tendency for people to turn to starchy and fatty foods during these colder, darker days as we increasingly yearn for comfort foods - that's why I call it 'stodge season'. So, how can we eat healthily during this colder time? Soup can be a nutritious way to fill the void.
Liquids are often considered as being less filling (or should I say fulfilling?), but the right kind of soup can be very satisfying if it is made up of the right components:
- plenty of protein (such as meat, tofu or lentils)
- lots of fibre (vegetables and legumes)
- a large amount of liquid (such as water, meat or vegetables-based stock, milk)
Blended soups (such as the onion and pumpkin soup in the picture) have a tendency to sit in the stomach for longer, which helps you to keep that satiated, full feeling for longer. Imagine two muslin cloths - one filled with liquid soup and the...
Inflammation is your body's immune response and its way of protecting itself against illnesses and injuries.
However, persistent inflammation is when the body doesn't stop the immune response, putting a strain on the body and causing problems. Chronic inflammation is linked to an increased risk of conditions such as obesity, type II diabetes and heart disease.
Thankfully, practising a prudent approach to health can help, such as regular dental checks, undertaking moderate exercise, taking the full dose of antibiotics to prevent prolonged infection and consuming an anti-inflammatory diet.
Foods that should be avoided include:
- Sugar (e.g. anything ending with '-ose', any kind of syrup, honey)
- Processed carbohydrates (e.g. white bread, biscuits, chips, crisps)
- Processed meats (e.g. poor-quality bacon and sausages)