healthy eating and why it's awesome for me

I've been incredibly lazy for the last month and a half. I've really slacked in my exercise routine as well as with food. It's really effected me mentally and physically so I've made the decision to get back into the routine I was in before we went to America. Last week I encouraged myself to exercise again and eat the meals I used to eat a lot then this week I've been cutting things out of my diet again. So no more crisps, no coffee, different milk, no snacking, no chocolate. That may seem a bit strict but I will not miss these things, none of them, and I'll be so much happier and healthier for doing it.

Leading a healthy lifestyle is important to me for so many reasons and recently I've been a little worried about my health which I'm not going to go into but I've made the decision to take out life insurance because you just never know what could happen (see Legal & General if you're thinking about it too, their life insurance tool helped to make things clearer for me). It's funny how a healthier lifestyle effects so much about us; from brain power, concentration, mood and mental health to physical capabilities (like not having to take the lift to the 3rd floor) and of course our appearance including weight, skin tone and even spots. I think it's mad that such simple lifestyle changes can help to improve all of these things but it works!

The reason I'm changing back to my healthy eating as well as increasing my exercise is because it makes me feel better all round and improves my life in so many ways. I feel better about myself, the way I look and the way I'm feeling mentally as well as being able to manage my tummy problems/allergies. I can also get lower premiums on life insurance which is a nice added bonus to becoming a more motivated and happier individual which, let's face it, will make me a much nicer person to be around. ;)

One of the steps I've taken so encourage my healthier eating is to use a different tool in the kitchen; the spiralizer! If you haven't heard of it (which I'm sure you will have) a spiralizer is wonderful hand-wound device that allows you turn your most favourite vegetables into shapes that make them representative of pasta. I really do love my spiralizer, it's awesome! I've been following the ladies at Hemsley and Hemsley around on the internet for some time and they're wonderful. They create really fantastic easy healthy spiralized recipes and they created this bad boy spiralizer too. Isn't it beautiful! :D

This whole post has basically been leading up to photos of my dinner because I thought I'd start to share some of my favourite spiralized recipes. Starting with this sweet potato dish that I adapted from a sweet potato hash dish I love. I call it: 'sweet chorizo noodles'.

It's quick, easy, delicious and consists of the following;

an average sized sweet potato, spiralized into noodles
half a chorizo, cubed(ish)
an egg, hard boiled
a handful of chickpeas
1-2 garlic cloves, diced or crushed
a few spring onions (or half an onion), chopped
a teaspoon of coconut oil
a sprinkling of parmesan (if you want)

Note: This is what I use for one person so if you're cooking for more people then you'll need to increase the ingredient amounts.

Set your egg in a pan to boil. Cook the onion, garlic and chorizo together in a frying pan, no oil is needed as chorizo creates a lot of liquid. Drain off most of the chorizo fluid once cooked and add a little coconut oil plus the chickpeas then cook for another few minute. Once these are all cooked add the sweet potato noodles and cook for a couple of minutes turning over once or twice. Don't fiddle too much as they will break up. Whilst these are cooking peel your hard boiled egg slice. Serve the noodles into a dish, add the sliced egg on top and any parmesan if you want it. And serve! Delicious. :)

The key is not to over-cook any of these ingredients because you will lose the way that individual flavours work so well together.

I hope you liked this 'miss-mash' blog post and maybe even found it a little inspiring to get healthy, get life insurance or get a spiralizer! :)

♥ abby


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