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Easy Stir & Fry

They say that the feeling of abundance in life, does not come from what we own, but from things that we enjoy doing. True. A walk in the park, reading a good book or cooking a delicious meal can all bring some joy to your day.

Today I chose the last one. I always find joy in cooking.

This is so simple to do, it literally takes no time. I had some left over lean beef fillet in the fridge from a couple of days ago, and did not want to let it go wasted ( you can use fresh meat instead). I thought of a couple of fresh ingredients to add to it and that was it!

The veggies add volume and flavour to this meal and little calories but many nutrients.  On the other hand, you get the consistence from the meat. Very balanced and delicious.

WHAT YOU NEED

1 fresh red pepper

1 fresh courgette

3 mushrooms

Some sesame seeds to sprinkle over

150 – 200 grams of leftover/or fresh meat – can be anything you prefer

2 teaspoons of coconut oil

For seasoning you can use all the spices you like. I like chilli and sea salt. 

HOW TO DO IT

Chop all the veggies. I like to cut the courgette in ribbons using the peeler, just like in the image below.

Heat the pan with the coconut oil.

Throw in the meat and cook it for a minute, mostly to reheat it as it is already cooked. If you're using fresh meat, it will take a few more minutes.

Remove the meat from the pan and set aside for a bit.

Add all the veggies and leave to soften for a minute or two.

Add the meat back and season and mix until it all marries nicely.

Taste it before you serve it to make sure your taste buds like it enough. Feel free to use your own seasoning potions.

Serve it in your favourite plate and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and more chilly.

WHAT YOU GET FROM THIS IN TERMS OF NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS

IRON – vital for the production of haemoglobin and myoglobin in your blood.

VITAMIN B – a range of these vitamins are necessary for the functioning of your brain cells and nervous system, healthy skin, hair and nails.

VITAMIN C – this vitamin fights the free radicals (cancer cells), improve connective tissue, helps in healing wounds and strengthen your immune system. Helps to the absorption of the iron from foods.

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6 Reasons to be active

 

Some people do it for a reason, some people do it for fun.

Either way, there's no secret that if you want to lose weight, you need to start exercising.

Changing your eating habits alone, will not do it. There has to be some form of activity that is enjoyable by everyone. All you need to do is find out what that is.

I know a few special ones myself, and they simply find no joy in working out. I totally get that, but...

Being regularly active, goes hand in hand with nutrition when it comes to long lasting changes for a better health and life.

We're designed to move. We shouldn't do that just to lose weight, but to stay healthy, strong and happy.

 

HERE ARE 6 REASONS WHY EXERCISE IS CRITICAL

 

1. Improves your memory, concentration and ability to learn faster. Fresh oxygen in the blood helps this process. More exercise, more clarity. 

 

2. Significantly reduces cortisol. Cortisol is a good hormone in reasonable amounts. Too much of it will make you crave sugars, carbs and comfort food. More exercise, less cortisol.

 

3. It makes your muscles more sensitive to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that clears out excessive blood sugar after you eat food. Less insulin means less fat around your belly.More exercise, less belly fat.

 

4. As you have already figured it out, exercise balances your hormonal profile, thus reducing any chances of dangerous illnesses. More exercise, less chance to diseases.

 

5. Interval training (that is when you go very fast and then slow, and repeat) increases your metabolism rate ,which means you will burn more calories after exercise, even at sleep. More exercise, less energy stored as fat.

 

6. Strength training stimulate your muscles to grow, which in turn means you will burn more calories. More exercise, more engine power, more fuel to burn.

 

What we eat has a huge impact on our body and emotional state. It creates chemical reactions and hormonal changes withing the cells of your body. I also believe that if you combine good food choices with regular exercise and quality rest is the only way to getting long lasting changes for a healthier and happier you.

 

Hope you have enjoyed this read.

Stay awesome!

Mari Curteanuexercise, health