Happy New Year! Hope you all had a wonderful break. I am so glad to be back in the kitchen cooking something other than mince pies again!
For the last couple of years I rolled out the new year on the blog with a post about resolutions – namely food resolutions. Two years on, I realize that I didn’t make much effort past January to get these resolutions done (I’ve still not made harissa or kefir), so this year, I’m not going to create my own feeling of failure by making any resolutions that I wont keep.
Like resolutions, the detox seems to be a favoured January theme. I’m not doing a detox, a no sugar January, a whole 30, or am I giving up coffee (why???). Instead I’m choosing to place my efforts this January in a 30 days of yoga challenge at my fab local yoga studio Yogarise Peckham. It’s the perfect excuse to binge on yoga in aid of a challenge? Sounds perfect to me.
You see, most of the reason I carry a few extra pounds is that I eat too much. Not badly, just too much. I have suffered with a case of emotional / boredom eating for a long time (read my recent post on mindfulness on The Muffin Myth). I truly believe that no matter how hard we commit to a painful detox in January (incidentally there is no science to prove a detox is necessary for optimum health), there clearly is no point if we can’t peel back the layers and work on our relationship with food for when the detox is over. I know that 30 days of yoga will do more for my emotional and physical health this month than a crazy ‘all food is evil’ detox would. I’m eight days in and feeling far better than I did for most of indulgent December. Emotionally speaking it may also help me to come to peace with the fact that genetically I’m meant to carry a few extra healthy pounds. I’ve been reading about the concept of Health at Every Size
recently and am keen to plough into this further.
So that’s my commitment, along with drinking more water and easing off developing dessert recipes for a bit because… out of sight out of mind.
Of course I am committing to cooking nourishing dinners from home as much as possible. This curry recipe featured in the Autumn edition of Harvest magazine is a perfect place to start. Harvest is a new print subscription magazine focusing on healthy living for a happy life. There are four editions a year and each one is full of recipes (some by yours truly), natural beauty tips, and other natural health focused articles.
This dish is super speedy – it takes around 15 minutes to cook, and features fenugreek – a new spice for Natural Kitchen Adventures and quite unlike anything I have made before. Like most spices its anti-inflammatory, but pregnant women may wish to use caution with fenugreek, as it has been know to stimulate the uterus.
Thank you to Harvest for letting me reproduce this recipe. You can subscribe to the magazine HERE and receive a 20% off your annual subscription by using the code KITCHEN207.
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