Some fab advice from the healthy-eating queens of 2016.
Healthy home cooks Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley can certainly whip together a delicious and nutritious meal. However, their food philosophy is actually quite simple:
"Good food, good mood, good digestion, good health!"
In other words, eating good, healthy food will not only improve your overall attitude and energy levels, it will lead to better digestions - and ultimately, great health!
Here are the sisters' top three tips for getting your body into perfect health:
1. Chew well
It may sound simple, but how many of us actually follow this simple piece of advice?
"We think we're foodies, we talk about restaurants and what we're cooking and what we're eating next and how much we all love food, but when it comes to the act of it we tend to just guzzle it down when we're at our laptops, or talking to friends," Jasmine observed.
"It becomes a part of our multi-tasking world. I think there's a big thing going on about being mindful and being present and one way to do that is to actually savour your food."
The Hemsleys are all about aiding digestions. Give your system a helping hand by really chewing your food.
2. Eat real food
Jasmine and Melissa don't like to buy in to trendy diet fads. Instead, they subscribe to a simple age-old food philosophy that involves eating real, non-processed whole foods.
"We talk a lot about gut health, that's why we're really into probiotics like kimchi and sauerkraut. We embrace fats which is very different to how diet and health was seen for the last 70 years," Jasmine said. "We've all been told fats are really bad for you, we say, as long as it's natural fat it's great."
The sisters love butter, ghee, dripping, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. (FYI, they LOVE the olive oil in Australia.)
3. Have some go-to healthy recipes
It may seem like toast is the easiest meal to pull together after a long day. But Jas and Mel are here to remind you that's just not true!
"We like to keep things really simple, and have fun with our food and not stress about it," Mel explains. "For me even, we have 300 recipes between two cookbooks, and I always go back to the ones I love. So, I would say have some recipes in your back pocket we adore."
Find some quick and easy healthy recipes, keep the ingredients handy, and make them when you don't feel like putting in the effort!