Ditch the weighing scales and eat food that fuelz your body.

Ditch the weighing scales and eat food that fuelz your body.

Sounds simple right?

Yet this simple task of eating a balanced diet and ditching the weighing scales is so hard for anyone who has any weight issues. This can be someone who is overweight,underweight,yo-yo dieters male or female! Trust me from my experience I know for some it will be a life long battle trying to find balance with weight and food but here is my opinion.

DITCH THE SCALES

I am only 25 but over that time I have already built a relationship with the scales I would rather forget.

Growing up over-weight and battling an eating disorder and obsession with my weight and how I looked since about 11 the scales genuinely dictated my life. When I saw it drop I became obsessed with it dropping further at any cost. When the number increased I felt worse and instead of it giving me the motivation I needed to get back on track it would send me into a massive binge of eating even more and lacking any motivation to exercise.

My Body Image consumed me and still can on any given day but any day I don't weigh myself I am much better off because I can judge it by how I feel rather than by a number on the weighing scales. Yes there is a place for the weighing scales for people competing etc but in my opinion go by how you look and feel and ditch the scales. I never felt at peace with my body and using the scales NEVER helped me.

This is my experience and even since I got into a healthy balance of exercise and eating balanced meals when I have fallen off the wagon and got onto the scales it has NEVER helped so if I could give anybody one piece of advice from my personal experience, whether you are just starting out looking after your health or your day is being dictated by how bloated you feel or how "lean" you are......DITCH THE SCALES. Life is so short and you are missing out on so much by obsessing over a number on the scales. 

Treat your body with respect. 

Eat all of the food groups.

Eat healthy nutritious meals.

Whatever you think about when you weigh yourself, one question you may not consider is this: Is weighing yourself helping you lose weight or standing in the way of success?
— https://www.verywell.com/reasons-to-ditch-the-scale-1231549
This blog post is solely based on my own opinion and personal experience. If you struggle with the scales you are NOT alone. Talk to someone and share how you feel.
— AMY ORMOND

The Truth about Carbs

The Truth about Carbs

Ask a friend or coworker about carbohydrates and you could get an earful: They’re bad for you. They’re fine—but only if you work out. They’ll make you gain weight. Or maybe: Low-carb diets are the only way to go.

3 Ingredient Raw Brownies

3 Ingredient Raw Brownies

You're in for a treat with these guilt-free 3 Ingredient Brownies. Not only are they VEGAN, but they're also GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE and  REFINED SUGAR FREE! Store them in the fridge for up to one week for a quick treat to grab on the go.

Top 5 Super Foods To Have In Your Kitchen

Top 5 Super Foods To Have In Your Kitchen

Eating healthy is the best thing you can do for your body but it brings with it many mixed opinions on what you should and should not eat. Here at BodyChef, we aim to make healthy eating easy by providing you with nutritionally balanced, calorie counted meals to help you to stay on track and reach your health goals. We’ve also compiled a list of our Top 5 Super Foods which everyone should be including in their diet to increase energy levels, fight diseases and lose weight among other benefits.

No Time For Breakfast? BodyChef.ie Has Got You Covered!

No Time For Breakfast? BodyChef.ie Has Got You Covered!

Eating healthily in the morning, or even eating at all can be a task in itself. Breakfast is often low on our list of priorities especially on these cold mornings when every additional minute of sleep counts. We get it.

That’s why we here at BodyChef.ie have created a range of healthy breakfast options to set you up for the day while allowing you to catch those extra Z’s in the morning. Check out our website to choose from a range of breakfast meals delivered fresh to your door.

In the meantime, why not try this quick and easy Overnight Chia and Oat pot. This can be created the night before so it’s ready to grab and go in the morning. Trust us, it couldn’t be easier!

Overnight Chia and Oat Pot:

Ingredients:

·         3tbsp Rolled Oats

·         1tbsp Whole Chia Seeds

·         1tbsp Natural Yoghurt

·         ½ cup Milk

Recommended Toppings:

·         1tsp Honey, handful of fresh Raspberries and Blueberries and Coconut shavings.

·         1tsp honey, ½ Banana, small handful of Pecans and sprinkle of cinnamon.

·         Your favourite low sugar granola.

Method:

·         In a jar, add the oats, chia seeds, yoghurt and milk and mix together.

·         Cover and place in the fridge to set for 3 hours or overnight.

·         In the morning, add your favourite toppings and you’re good to go.

BODYCHEF'S TOP 5 IRISH FOODIES TO FOLLOW ON SNAPCHAT

BODYCHEF'S TOP 5 IRISH FOODIES TO FOLLOW ON SNAPCHAT

For many of us, eating healthily doesn’t come easy.  With so many conflicting views on what constitutes “healthy” we can become overwhelmed by the wealth of information that’s out there and feel that we need a degree in Nutrition in order to create a healthy meal.

If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll know that we here at BodyChef.ie are passionate about creating healthy meals for you to enjoy and we want you to share that passion with us. Check out our website for this week’s menu of some of your favourite indulgent dishes made healthy and delivered fresh to your door. Simply place your order, put your feet up and we’ll take care of the rest!

In the meantime, (while you wait in anticipation for us to deliver) check out our list of 5 Irish “Foodies” to follow on snapchat who can help to inspire you to create healthy meals from your own kitchen.

 

1.       Kenmare Foodie:

A relatively new addition to the Irish foodie scene on snapchat, Karen Coakley, a busy mum of four from Kenmare Co. Kerry is your go-to gal for simple recipes to feed the family. Karen is a natural teacher, treating her followers to daily cookery demonstrations and providing tips and tricks on how to juggle healthy eating, staying fit and being a mum.  We’re sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of Karen on the Irish foodie scene this year. Check her out!

 

 

2.       The Happy Pear:

These infectious twins from Greystones, Co. Wicklow need no introduction. Their energy and positivity is contagious and quite frankly, unrelenting!  Follow Dave and Steve from their morning swim at sunrise through to late night baking experimentation with lots of delicious and colourful recipes, tastings and behind the scenes footage in between.

 

 

3.       Rozanna Purcell:

Perhaps the poster girl of the Irish foodie scene, followmodelandathleteRozanna Purcell as she dines in some of the most insta-worthy eateries in Ireland and beyond. You won’t fall short of healthy cooking inspiration as Roz showcases some of her most famous and well-loved recipes on a daily basis.

 

4.       The Little Green Spoon:

Indy Power’s philosophy is simple: eat to feel good! This rising star embraces natural ingredients to create nutritious dishes that are not only super easy to make, but they also cater for a variety of diets; be it paleo, gluten free, vegan...the list goes on!

 

 

5.       Donal Skehan:

Where would this list be without Ireland’s most loved and fastest growing Chef and TV star! Hailing from Howth and currently living in Los Angeles, follow Donal to gain access all areas to the goings on behind the scenes as well as beautiful and easy to make recipes that will leave your mouth watering!

 

 

 

 

Cork City FC and Bodychef.ie announce new partnership

Cork City FC and Bodychef.ie announce new partnership

Cork City FC and Bodychef.ie are delighted to announce the launch of their new partnership.

The partnership will see Bodychef provide food for City’s first team players on a daily basis after training, helping the players to remain in peak condition for the duration of the 2017 season.

Bodychef.ie launched in 2015 in Cork. It delivers healthy, clean, nutritional & high protein meals which are all calorie & portion controlled meals to people all over Cork City & County to workplaces, home or a collection point that Bodychef has set up throughout the County. Bodychef.ie aims to change the way people see healthy food with quirky and innovative ways on keeping people healthy, helping to lose weight and changing people’s lifestyles. Bodychef has made healthy food convenient with us over the past 18 months, all that is required is to Reheat & Eat!

Commenting on the partnership, City boss John Caulfield said: “We’re delighted to have Bodychef.ie on board with us for the season ahead. The food is fantastic and is very popular with the players and staff. Nutrition is an important part of a professional players’ preparation for training and games and it’s important for us to know they are getting the right fuel into their bodies on a daily basis.”

Speaking on behalf of Bodychef.ie, Damien Sreenan said: “Bodychef.ie is delighted to announce our partnership with Cork City FC for the upcoming season. As longtime fans this is a bit of a fairytale to be associated and partnered with the club. The players are athletes and athletes need proper nutrition to keep them their bodies fuelled. Last season was magnificent and, along with the fantastic facilities the lads can use at the Mardyke Arena, we vow to keep the players at the top of their game with what they eat. We look forward to working with all the players, coaches & management in fulfilling the potential of this great club.”

Clean Spice Bag

Clean Spice Bag 

Ingredients:

*3 Large Chicken Breasts, cut into thinish strips

*One large onion, cut into thin slices

*Red, yellow & green peppers, cut into strips

*Half bag of ground almond

*Tblsp chilli powder

*Tblsp garlic powder

*Tblsp chilliflakes

*Tblsp paprika

*2 large eggs beaten

*1 large sweet potato cut into chunks

*Coconut oil

What to do:

Preheat your oven to 200° and pop in your sweet pototo chunks into the oven with a sprinkle of chilli powder over them

In 1 bowl have your eggs beaten together

In another bowl, mix together your ground almond, garlic powder, chilli powder, chilli flakes & paprika

Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil on a large pan

Take your chicken strips one by one and first coat it in the egg and then coat it in the almond mix. Pop it straight onto the pan (make sure you have a good non stick frying pan for this)

Once you have each piece of chicken coated and on the pan, start with the first one and turn each piece over to brown the other side.

Once they are browned remove them from the pan and onto a baking tray and cook them in the oven for about 15-20mins.

While the chicken and sweet potato are cooking, add some more coconut oil to the pan and fry up your onions and peppers adding some more of the spices to these also…

When the chicken and sweet potato is cooked, remove from the oven, and add everything together on the pan and toss it and then serve.

This portion serves 4

It's not a Diet - Its a Lifestyle Change

Its not a diet- its a lifestyle change

Why is it that merely saying the “D” word, you know “diet” brings immediate thoughts of failure to the minds of many men and women around the world? Could it be that we have all learned through trial and error that diets simply do not work? I know many of you are sitting back with jaws dropped at the moment. After all, this is an article about dieting, right? It is and it isn’t. Dieting is the kiss of death for many while a new phase in your life or lifestyle adjustment may be just the thing that will mean success for you and your fitness and health goals.

Eating for some is an addiction. Unfortunately, you can’t exactly give up eating all together as a smoker can give up cigarettes. I’m not applying by any means that giving up cigarettes is easy but how much more difficult would it be if you were forced to have three a day? At that point you may as well enjoy them every time the urge hits right? The same holds true for food. You must eat in order to survive. You cannot live without eating. This means that if food is a problem in your life, you must find a healthier way of viewing food.

Isn’t this where diets generally come in handy? The short answer is no. This is where diets often fail. Diets do very little to change how we view food. In fact, most diets only serve to tell us which foods are good, which foods are bad, and which foods (typically most of the foods we enjoy most) are strictly taboo. Diets begin by forcing people to feel deprived or punished. And no one likes to feel either of these things.

Even worse however, is that we punish ourselves even further when we slip along the straight and very narrow pathways upon which our diets place us. This means that we are going to wallow in guilt over every little misstep we make until we give up all together and decide to over indulge once again and ignore the guilt all together.

In order to have real success you must make a lifestyle change. This is the only way that you will be able to shed those unwanted pounds without experiencing the horrible guilt that so many dieters go through each and every step of the way with their diets. Set goals for yourself. Keep them aggressive but realistic for fitness, dropping pounds, and eating new healthy foods. Even if your goal is as simple as eating5 vegetable servings a day it is a great place to start.

Change your way of eating. Then change your way of seeing food and you will experience amazing changes in your attitudes toward your health, your body, and even your fitness level. As the first pounds begin to drop you will begin to experience more energy and less pain when exercising. This should help keep you motivated to do even more as time goes by.

Do not think that long term weight loss goals will be as easy to achieve as the first five or ten pounds. Consistency is vitally important when making these lifestyle changes. Take each day as it comes and begin again the very next day. This means that even if you fall completely “off the wagon” today, you can start over tomorrow. The trick is in staying the course more days than not and learning moderation and balance when it comes to straying from the straight and narrow.

There are many ways to fail when it comes to dieting and I know people who have failed in almost every one I can possibly imagine. There is no way to fail, however, when you are making positive changes in your life that are getting positive results. It may take weeks, months, or even years to reach your goal. As long as you are making steady and continuous efforts and progress, you are doing many great things for your health and well being.

Team Body Chef

Recipe of the Week Piri Piri Chicken

Our Piri Piri Chicken which is a healthier take on a Nandos dish is a big hit this week. Oven baked keeps it healthy 120G Chicken, 100G Brown Rice , 1 Corn on the Cob – We use Piri Piri Seasoning on our butterflied chicken breast – Everything is under 500 cals and tastes delicious